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Melancholia named Best Picture by the National Society Of Film Critics

Awards season is in full swing, and the usual suspects always come up with nominations and such. However in what might be a surprise announcement, Lars Von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA, a film we’ve been covering here at AITH was named Best Picture. The awards are announced every January, with several categories.

The ‘Society’ is comprised of 58 film critics from around the country, and this marks their 46th annual awards. The actual award outcomes are rather interesting, with DRIVE even scoring a win for Albert Brooks. Check out the winners for the big awards below.

BEST ACTOR

*1. Brad Pitt – 35 (Moneyball, The Tree of Life)

2. Gary Oldman – 22 (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

3. Jean Dujardin – 19 (The Artist)

BEST ACTRESS

*1. Kirsten Dunst – 39 (Melancholia)

2. Yun Jung-hee – 25 (Poetry)

3. Meryl Streep – 20 (The Iron Lady)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

*1. Albert Brooks – 38 (Drive)

2. Christopher Plummer – 24 (Beginners)

3. Patton Oswalt – 19 (Young Adult)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

*1. Jessica Chastain – 30 (The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help)

2. Jeannie Berlin – 19 (Margaret)

3. Shailene Woodley – 17 (The Descendants)

BEST PICTURE

*1. Melancholia – 29 (Lars von Trier)

2. The Tree of Life – 28 (Terrence Malick)

3. A Separation – 20 (Asghar Farhadi)

BEST DIRECTOR

*1. Terrence Malick – 31 (The Tree of Life)

2. Martin Scorsese – 29 (Hugo)

3. Lars von Trier – 23 (Melancholia)

Interesting to see that star Kirsten Dunst scored a win and Von Trier came in third position. Also nice to see Brad Pitt getting some accolades for his work with two outstanding performances, proving that he does have some solid acting chops.

Extra Tidbit: I am not sure I like the films chances for the Oscars, but Dunst perhaps might be in with a fighting chance.

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