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2011 Critics' Lists, Awards Lists, MCN, etc.

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The AV Club's Top 15 list. (They couldn't narrow it down to just ten.)

Top five:

5. Meek's Cutoff

4. Martha Marcy May Marlene

3. A Separation

2. Certified Copy

1. The Tree of Life

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Las Vegas Critics:

Best Picture

“The Artist”

Best Director

Nicholas Winding Refn, “Drive”

Best Actor

Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Best Actress

Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”

Best Supporting Actor

Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Best Supporting Actress

Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)

Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin, “Moneyball”

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Tree of Life”

Best Film Editing

Thelma Schoonmaker, “Hugo”

Best Score

Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”

Best Song

“Man or Muppet” – Written by Bret McKenzie

Best Family Film

“Hugo”

Best Documentary

“Project NIM”

Best Animated Film

“Rango”

Best Foreign Film

“13 Assassins”

Best Costume Design

Mark Bridges, “The Artist”

Best Art Direction

Gregory S. Hooper, “The Artist”

Best Visual Effects

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Youth in Film

Asa Butterfield, “Hugo”

Best DVD (Packaging, Design and Content)

Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (Blu-ray)

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award

Albert Brooks

LVFCS 2011 Top 10 List

The Artist

Hugo

Moneyball

The Descendents

Drive

The Help

50/50

Midnight in Paris

Shame

Warrior

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Toronto Film Critics Association:

BEST PICTURE

“The Tree of Life” (eOne Films)

Runners-up:

“The Artist” (Alliance Films)

“The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

BEST ACTOR

Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter”

Runners-up:

George Clooney, “The Descendants”

Michael Fassbender, “Shame”

BEST ACTRESS

Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”

Runners-up:

Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Runners-up:

Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, “Take Shelter”

Runners-up:

Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life”

Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”

BEST DIRECTOR

Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

Runners-up:

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive”

BEST SCREENPLAY

“Moneyball”, written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, story by Stan Chervin, based on the book by Michael Lewis

Runners-up:

“The Descendants”, written by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings

“The Tree of Life”, written by Terrence Malick

BEST FIRST FEATURE

“Attack the Block”, directed by Joe Cornish

Runners-up:

“Margin Call”, directed by J.C. Chandor

“Martha Marcy May Marlene”, directed by Sean Durkin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

“The Adventures of Tintin” (DreamWorks Animation)

Runners-up:

“Puss in Boots” (DreamWorks Animation)

“Rango” (Paramount Pictures)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

“Mysteries of Lisbon” (Alfama Films)

Runners-up:

“Attenberg” (filmswelike)

“Le Havre” (filmswelike)

“A Separation” (Mongrel Media)

ALLAN KING DOCUMENTARY AWARD

“Nostalgia for the Light” (Icarus Films)

Runners-up:

“Into the Abyss” (Mongrel Media)

“Project Nim” (Mongrel Media)

ROGERS CANADIAN FILM AWARD FINALISTS

“Café de Flore,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

“A Dangerous Method”, directed by David Cronenberg

“Monsieur Lazhar”, directed by Philippe Falardeau

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I'm not just saying this because they're the closest critical voting body to my location, but the Toronto critics pretty much nailed it with their picks from what I can tell.

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I'm not just saying this because they're the closest critical voting body to my location, but the Toronto critics pretty much nailed it with their picks from what I can tell.

Not too shabby, to be sure. Even MYSTERIES OF LISBON got in there.

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Stephen Holden includes Of Gods and Men, Certified Copy in his top 10.

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I'm not just saying this because they're the closest critical voting body to my location, but the Toronto critics pretty much nailed it with their picks from what I can tell.

Not too shabby, to be sure. Even MYSTERIES OF LISBON got in there.

I thought you'd appreciate that. Now when is MYSTERIES OF LISBON going to be on Blu-ray?

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Now when is MYSTERIES OF LISBON going to be on Blu-ray?

January 17th.

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Stephen Holden includes Of Gods and Men, Certified Copy in his top 10.

A great, great list. Wow ... I never thought I'd be in such agreement with Stephen Holden!

My only deviations would be Margin Call, which has some good performances but which threw me by dumping its two main characters for two OTHER characters somewhere around the halfway (?) point (maybe later?). Although the two later characters are more interesting.

I haven't seen the AIDS doc but think I might have a screener. I'll check.

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SAG Award nominations:

18th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo - “A BETTER LIFE” (Summit Entertainment)

GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King - "THE DESCENDANTS” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / J. Edgar Hoover - "J. EDGAR" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

JEAN DUJARDIN / George - "THE ARTIST" (The Weinstein Company)

BRAD PITT / Billy Beane - "MONEYBALL" (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

GLENN CLOSE / Albert Nobbs - "ALBERT NOBBS” (Roadside Attractions)

VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)

MERYL STREEP / Margaret Thatcher - “THE IRON LADY” (The Weinstein Company)

TILDA SWINTON / Eva - “WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Marilyn Monroe - “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

KENNETH BRANAGH / Sir Laurence Olivier - “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” (The Weinstein Company)

ARMIE HAMMER / Clyde Tolson - "J. EDGAR" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

JONAH HILL / Peter Brand - "MONEYBALL" (Columbia Pictures)

NICK NOLTE / Paddy Conlon - “WARRIOR” (Lionsgate)

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Hal - “BEGINNERS” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy - "THE ARTIST" (The Weinstein Company)

JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)

MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan - “BRIDESMAIDS” (Universal Pictures)

JANET McTEER / Hubert Page - "ALBERT NOBBS” (Roadside Attractions)

OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

THE ARTIST (The Weinstein Company)

BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy

JAMES CROMWELL / Clifton

JEAN DUJARDIN / George

JOHN GOODMAN / Al Zimmer

PENELOPE ANN MILLER / Doris

BRIDESMAIDS (Universal Pictures)

ROSE BYRNE / Helen

JILL CLAYBURGH / Annie’s Mom

ELLIE KEMPER / Becca

MATT LUCAS / Gil

MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan

WENDI McLENDON-COVEY / Rita

CHRIS O’DOWD / Rhodes

MAYA RUDOLPH / Lillian

KRISTEN WIIG / Annie

THE DESCENDANTS (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

BEAU BRIDGES / Cousin Hugh

GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King

ROBERT FORSTER / Scott Thorson

JUDY GREER / Julie Speer

MATTHEW LILLARD / Brian Speer

SHAILENE WOODLEY / Alexandra King

THE HELP (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)

JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote

VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD / Hilly Holbrook

ALLISON JANNEY / Charlotte Phelan

CHRIS LOWELL / Stuart Whitworth

AHNA O’REILLY / Elizabeth Leefolt

SISSY SPACEK / Missus Walters

OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson

MARY STEENBURGEN / Elaine Stein

EMMA STONE / Skeeter Phelan

CICELY TYSON / Constantine Jefferson

MIKE VOGEL / Johnny Foote

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Sony Pictures Classics)

KATHY BATES / Gertrude Stein

ADRIEN BRODY / Salvador Dali

CARLA BRUNI / Museum Guide

MARION COTILLARD / Adriana

RACHEL McADAMS / Inez

MICHAEL SHEEN / Paul

OWEN WILSON / Gil

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The Skin I Live keeps stubbornly showing up on these lists, sometimes as an Honorable Mention, but sometimes among the Top 10s.

That film joins my always growing list of Pedro Almodovar titles I just don't get. I'd try to muster an argument that the film is not particularly good, certainly not worthy of a Top 10 list, but I've fought that battle too many times over Almodovar's other films and have lost every time. If The Skin I Live In is your sort of film, then I wish you great enjoyment while I watch something else.

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Lots of MYSTERIES OF LISBON there. Hoorah!

The Skin I Live keeps stubbornly showing up on these lists, sometimes as an Honorable Mention, but sometimes among the Top 10s.

That film joins my always growing list of Pedro Almodovar titles I just don't get. I'd try to muster an argument that the film is not particularly good, certainly not worthy of a Top 10 list, but I've fought that battle too many times over Almodovar's other films and have lost every time. If The Skin I Live In is your sort of film, then I wish you great enjoyment while I watch something else.

I'm still quite eager to see it.

That said, Christian, I'd love to read you expanded thoughts on the film (and Almodovar, in general), however negative they may be, in the dedicated thread.

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Didn't know where to post this, but the annual TCM Remembers tribute is up. I always fall deeper in love with movies after watching these.

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As year-end wrap-ups go, this one by Anthony Lane strikes me as something near magnificence... not for the titles he selects so much as for his sentiments on the highs and lows of such reflections in general.

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From L. A. Times:

Betsy Sharkey's list in the print edition, each film in the slide show is the top of various categories that she also mentions other notable films

Kenneth Turan's list. He showed straint this year. His top ten have at times include close to 30 films. Only two were paired as a common entry (Of Gods and Men and Poetry), and the Sundance docs (Buck in the photogallery) includes about 7.

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Chicago Film Critics:

PICTURE: The Tree of Life

DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick (-) The Tree of Life

ACTOR: Michael Shannon (-) Take Shelter

ACTRESS: Michelle Williams (-) My Week With Marilyn

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks (-) Drive

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain (-) The Tree of Life

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Artist (-) Michel Hazanavicius

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Moneyball (-) Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin

CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Tree of Life (-) Emmanuel Lubezki

ORIGINAL SCORE: Drive (-) Cliff Martinez

ANIMATED FEATURE: Rango

DOCUMENTARY: The Interrupters

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: A Separation

PROMISING PERFORMER: Elizabeth Olsen (-) Martha Marcy May Marlene

PROMISING FILMMAKER: Sean Durkin (-) Martha Marcy May Marlene

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Glenn Kenny (#1: A Dangerous Method).

Roger Ebert (#1: A Separation).

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St. Louis Film Critics:

Best Film: The Artist

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Best Actor: George Clooney (The Descendants)

Best Actress: Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks (Drive)

Best Supporting Actress: Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)

Best Original Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Kaui Hart Hemmings (The Descendants)

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree Of Life)

Best Visual Effects: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Best Music: The Artist

Best Foreign-Language Film: 13 Assassins

Best Documentary: Being Elmo

Best Comedy: Bridesmaids

Best Animated Film: The Adventures of Tintin

Best Art-House or Festival Film: We Need To Talk About Kevin

Best Scene: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (credit sequence)

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