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Awards season goes into full swing as AFI, Boston, LA, NY, and San Francisco all weigh in on the year's best

12.12.2011

As 2011 comes to a close in Hollywood, the race for "best of the year" begins to heat up. This weekend saw the "best of" announcements from five of the big critic circles in the country - American Film Institute, Boston Society of Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. Is there a clear frontrunner this year? Sort of.

Boston and New York both named Michel Hazanavicius's ode to silent films THE ARTIST as their best film of 2011. That's a picture that hasn't really been getting much talk around here, but one I've seen continually coming up in these kinds of conversations as the year comes to an end. While our own Chris Bumbray adored it, I know many film writers and critics that strongly feel it does not deserve the honor of "best of the year". In any event, it should be interesting to see how these choices begin to shape the Oscar consensus in the weeks to come.

As for director, Los Angeles and San Francisco both named Terrence Malick as the cream of the crop for his work on THE TREE OF LIFE. A close second, however, thanks to Boston is Martin Scorsese for his work on HUGO (Los Angeles also named him a runner-up to Malick).

Here are the full listings of winners from each critics group:

AFI

MOVIES OF THE YEAR
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Help
Hugo
J. Edgar
Midnight In Paris
Moneyball
The Tree Of Life
War Horse

TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Game Of Thrones
The Good Wife
Homeland
Justified
Louie
Modern Family
Parks And Recreation

SPECIAL AWARDS
The Artist
The Harry Potter Series


Boston Society of Film Critics

Best Picture: The Artist
Runners-up: Hugo and Margaret

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Runner-up: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Actor: Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Runners-up: George Clooney, The Decendants and Michael Fassbender, Shame

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Runner-up: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Runner-up: Jeannie Berlin, Margaret

Best Screenplay: Moneyball
Runner-up: Margaret

Best Foreign Film: Incendies
Runners-up: A Separation and Poetry

Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life
Runner-up: Hugo

Best Documentary: Project Nim
Runner-up: Bill Cunningham, New York

Best Film Editing: The Clock
Runner-up: Hugo

Best New Filmmaker: Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Runner-up: JC Chandor, Margin Call

Best Ensemble Cast: Carnage
Runner-up: Margaret

Best Use of Music in a Film: The Artist and Drive
Runner-up: The Descendants


Los Angeles Film Critics Association

BEST PICTURE: The Descendants
Runner-Up: The Tree of Life

BEST ANIMATION: Rango
Runner-Up: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

BEST DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Runner-Up: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

BEST ACTOR: Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class
Runner-Up: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

BEST ACTRESS: Yun Jung-hee, Poetry
Runner-Up: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: City of Life and Death
Runner-Up: A Separation

BEST INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL: Spark of Being

BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION: Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Runner- Up: The Arbor

BEST SCREENPLAY: Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Runner-Up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Runner-Up: Patton Oswalt, Young Adult

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, Tree of Life
Runner-Up: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Runner-Up: Cao Yu, City of Life and Death

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dante Ferretti, Hugo
Runner-Up: Maria Djurkovic, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BEST MUSIC/SCORE: The Chemical Brothers, Hanna
Runner-Up: Cliff Martinez, Drive

NEW GENERATION: The creative team behind Martha Marcy May Marlene (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond and Elizabeth Olsen)


New York Film Critics Online

Picture: The Artist

Actor: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Breakthrough Performer: Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, The Tree of Life

Debut Director: Joe Cornish, Attack The Block

Ensemble Cast: Bridesmaids

Screenplay: The Descendants

Documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Foreign Language: A Separation

Animated: The Adventures of Tintin

Cinematography: The Tree of Life

Film Music or Score: The Artist


San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Best Picture
“The Tree of Life”

Best Director
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

Best Original Screenplay
J.C. Chandor, “Margin Call”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Actor
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Actress
Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Best Supporting Actress
Vanessa Redgrave, “Coriolanus”

Best Animated Feature
“Rango”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Certified Copy”

Best Documentary
“Tabloid”

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life”

Special Citation for underappreciated independent cinema
The Mill and The Cross
Extra Tidbit: Your favorites of the year so far?
Source: Various

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2:13PM on 12/12/2011
So glad that Hanna's score by the Chemical Brothers was on the list by one of them.
So glad that Hanna's score by the Chemical Brothers was on the list by one of them.
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2:38PM on 12/12/2011
Definitely one of the best soundtracks of the year. Other that come to mind would have to be Attack the Block, Drive, Source Code and something I can't remember right now...
Definitely one of the best soundtracks of the year. Other that come to mind would have to be Attack the Block, Drive, Source Code and something I can't remember right now...
1:06PM on 12/12/2011

Extra Tidbit

1. Drive
2. The Tree of Life
3. Shame
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
5. 50/50
6. Super 8
7. X-Men: First Class
8. Horrible Bosses
9. Cowboys & Aliens
10. Thor

List list will change drastically over the next 3 weeks lol
1. Drive
2. The Tree of Life
3. Shame
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
5. 50/50
6. Super 8
7. X-Men: First Class
8. Horrible Bosses
9. Cowboys & Aliens
10. Thor

List list will change drastically over the next 3 weeks lol
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1:13PM on 12/12/2011
I love your no 1 pick, but am not feeling your no 2. It was such a chore to sit through and the pay off wasn't worth it, at all.
I love your no 1 pick, but am not feeling your no 2. It was such a chore to sit through and the pay off wasn't worth it, at all.
2:11PM on 12/12/2011
The Tree of Life just grabbed me the whole way through. I know alot of people had a tough time with it (and I totally understand why). I just connected with it so much for some reason. Beautiful film.
The Tree of Life just grabbed me the whole way through. I know alot of people had a tough time with it (and I totally understand why). I just connected with it so much for some reason. Beautiful film.
12:28PM on 12/12/2011
WHAT? They left out ____??? ____ totally SUCKED!!! Am I the only one that loved the hell out of ___???
WHAT? They left out ____??? ____ totally SUCKED!!! Am I the only one that loved the hell out of ___???
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11:51AM on 12/12/2011

Extra Tidbit

Favorite-
...of the Year- Sucker Punch

... Director- Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch)

... Actor- Ryan Gosling (Drive)

... Actress- Emily Blunt (Drive)

... Supporting Actor- William Fitchner (Drive Angry)

... Supporting Actress- Greta Gerwig (No Strings Attached)

... Original Screenplay- (tie) The Big Bang & Red State

... Adapted Screenplay- Captain America

... Animated- Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (Have yet to see 'Tin Tin')

... Best Cinematography- The Tree Of
Favorite-
...of the Year- Sucker Punch

... Director- Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch)

... Actor- Ryan Gosling (Drive)

... Actress- Emily Blunt (Drive)

... Supporting Actor- William Fitchner (Drive Angry)

... Supporting Actress- Greta Gerwig (No Strings Attached)

... Original Screenplay- (tie) The Big Bang & Red State

... Adapted Screenplay- Captain America

... Animated- Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (Have yet to see 'Tin Tin')

... Best Cinematography- The Tree Of Life

... Score- Captain America

... Editing- Drive

... Soundtrack- Sucker Punch
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11:50AM on 12/12/2011
My top 10 of the year so far:

1. Super 8
2. Hugo
3. HP7.2
4. Bridesmaids
5. 50/50
6. I Saw the Devil
7. Rango
8. Drive
9. The Descendants
10. Contagion
My top 10 of the year so far:

1. Super 8
2. Hugo
3. HP7.2
4. Bridesmaids
5. 50/50
6. I Saw the Devil
7. Rango
8. Drive
9. The Descendants
10. Contagion
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1:11PM on 12/12/2011
That's a decent list. I loved 1, 6 and 8. And I still need to see 2, 3, 5, 9 and 10
That's a decent list. I loved 1, 6 and 8. And I still need to see 2, 3, 5, 9 and 10
11:38AM on 12/12/2011

AFI Television

Glad to see Justified, Parks and Recreation, Boardwalk Empire, and Breaking Bad on the list but Community should have been on the list as well. Great, underrated show that NBC is treating like crap.
Glad to see Justified, Parks and Recreation, Boardwalk Empire, and Breaking Bad on the list but Community should have been on the list as well. Great, underrated show that NBC is treating like crap.
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11:29AM on 12/12/2011

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Green Lantern, The Change Up, The Ides of March, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Super, Horrible Bosses, Bridesmaids, The Hangover Part 2, Limitless, The Adjustment Bureau and Captain America to name a few.
Green Lantern, The Change Up, The Ides of March, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Super, Horrible Bosses, Bridesmaids, The Hangover Part 2, Limitless, The Adjustment Bureau and Captain America to name a few.
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11:20AM on 12/12/2011
Jessica Chastain rocked it this year. She fills a niche that was badly needed.
Jessica Chastain rocked it this year. She fills a niche that was badly needed.
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11:25AM on 12/12/2011
She was terrific in The Help.
She was terrific in The Help.
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7:47AM on 12/12/2011

ET

Granted I haven't been able to see most of these, (I will eventually), but here's my list:
Drive
I Saw the Devil
Warrior
Super 8
Source Code
Granted I haven't been able to see most of these, (I will eventually), but here's my list:
Drive
I Saw the Devil
Warrior
Super 8
Source Code
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