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#1 Overstreet

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:53 PM

Looks like we lost our original thread with this title in the migration. I'll try to find time to repost the lists that came before, but there were quite a few of them, so... hmmm.

This came in during the hiatus: The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics' nominees:

"The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"Drive"
"Hugo"
"Win Win"
Best Director
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Alexander Payne, The Descendants"
Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

Best Actor
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Michael Fassbender, Shame"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter"

Best Actress
Viola Davis, "The Help"
Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week with Marilyn"
Albert Brooks, "Drive"
John Hawkes, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Andy Serkis, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, "The Artist"
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
Carey Mulligan, "Shame"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Best Acting Ensemble
"Bridesmaids"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"Margin Call"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"The Descendants"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"Moneyball"
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

Best Original Screenplay
"The Artist"
"Bridesmaids"
"50/50"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Win Win"

Best Animated Feature
"The Adventures of Tintin"
"Arthur Christmas"
"Puss in Boots"
"Rango"
"Winnie the Pooh"

Best Documentary
"Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey"
"Buck"
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams"
"Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life"
"Project Nim"

Best Foreign Language Film
"13 Assassins"
"Certified Copy"
"I Saw the Devil"
"Pina"
"The Skin I Live In"

Best Art Direction
"The Artist"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"Hugo"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"

Best Cinematography
"The Artist"
"Hugo"
"Melancholia"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"

Best Score
"The Artist"
"Drive"
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"War Horse"



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Posted 04 December 2011 - 06:05 PM

The National Board of Review speaks:

Best Film: Hugo

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser, 50/50

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants

Best Animated Feature: Rango

Breakthrough Performance: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy

Breakthrough Performance: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Debut Director: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

Best Ensemble: The Help

Spotlight Award: Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class)

NBR Freedom of Expression: Crime After Crime

NBR Freedom of Expression: Pariah

Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation

Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Special Achievement in Filmmaking: The Harry Potter Franchise – A Distinguished Translation from Book to Film

Top Films
(in alphabetical order)
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Ides of March
J. Edgar
Tree of Life
War Horse

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(in Alphabetical Order)
13 Assassins
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Footnote
Le Havre
Point Blank

Top 5 Documentaries
(in Alphabetical Order)
Born to be Wild
Buck
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim
Senna

Top 10 Independent Films
(in Alphabetical Order)
50/50
Another Earth
Beginners
A Better Life
Cedar Rapids
Margin Call
Shame
Take Shelter
We Need To Talk About Kevin
Win Win


Sight and Sound's Best Films of 2011 poll:

1. "The Tree of Life" (Terrence Malick)

2. "A Separation" (Asghar Farhadi)

3. "The Kid With a Bike" (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)

4. "Melancholia" (Lars von Trier)

5. "The Artist" (Michel Hazanavicius)

=6. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

=6. "The Turin Horse" (Béla Tarr)

8. "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (Lynne Ramsay)

9. "Le Quattro Volte" (Michelangelo Frammartino)

=10. "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (Tomas Alfredson)

=10. "This Is Not a Film" (Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmash)


The New York Film Critics' Circle:

Best Film: "The Artist"
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Best Actor: Brad Pitt, "Moneyball" and "The Tree Of Life"
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, "Drive"
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Take Shelter" and "The Tree of Life"
Best Screenplay: Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, "Moneyball"
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "The Tree Of Life"
Best Foreign Language Film: "A Separation" directed by Asghar Farhadi
Best Non-Fiction Film: "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" directed by Werner Herzog
Best First Film: "Margin Call" directed by J.C. Chandor

Special Award will be given posthumously to filmmaker Raoul Ruiz.


Gotham Awards celebrate The Tree of Life, Beginners in tie for Best Film.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 10:53 PM

Overstreet wrote:
: Looks like we lost our original thread with this title in the migration.

Indeed. The original thread used to be here -- just one digit off from where the new thread is.

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 12:50 AM

David Edelstein's Top 10 for 2011 puts The Adventures of TinTin at #1.

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 12:53 AM

Overstreet wrote:
: David Edelstein's Top 10 for 2011 puts The Adventures of TinTin at #1.

Um, why the extra capital-T?

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 07:03 AM

The Washington Area Film Critics Association winners will be announced at 8 a.m. Check the linked site for a list of winners, or look for a press release on the wire. I'll be at the dentist, wondering which films won.

Edited by Christian, 05 December 2011 - 07:04 AM.


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Posted 05 December 2011 - 10:50 AM

And, as Christian promised, here they are: The WAFCA winners:

THE 2011 WAFCA AWARD WINNERS:

Best Film:
The Artist

Best Director:
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Best Actor:
George Clooney (The Descendants)

Best Actress:
Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

Best Supporting Actor:
Albert Brooks (Drive)

Best Supporting Actress:
Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Best Acting Ensemble:
Bridesmaids

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash (The Descendants)

Best Original Screenplay:
Will Reiser (50/50)

Best Animated Feature:
Rango

Best Documentary:
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Best Foreign Language Film:
The Skin I Live In

Best Art Direction:
Dante Ferretti, Production Designer, and Francesca Lo Schiavo, Set Decorator (Hugo)

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)

Best Score:
Ludovic Bource (The Artist)


Now both Michelle Williams *and* Tilda Swinton have nabbed awards from Meryl Streep. I wonder if Kirsten Dunst will take any American awards.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 03:01 PM

Newsday's Top 10:

1. The Artist
2. The Help
3. Midnight in Paris
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
5. Moneyball
6. Melancholia
7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
8. Martha Marcy May Marlene
9. Sleeping Beauty
10. Magic Trip

Richard Brody's favorites

Richard Corliss's favorites

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 03:18 PM

So, The Future is both the #1 best movie (Brody) and the #7 worst movie (Corliss).

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 10:40 PM

The nearly total absence of MYSTERIES OF LISBON from these lists and end-of-year film discussion is starting to get at me. The film was well-received, or so I thought, so that it has almost entirely dropped off the charts is a bit shocking.

Edited by Ryan H., 07 December 2011 - 10:41 PM.


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Posted 08 December 2011 - 05:33 AM

The nearly total absence of MYSTERIES OF LISBON from these lists and end-of-year film discussion is starting to get at me. The film was well-received, or so I thought, so that it has almost entirely dropped off the charts is a bit shocking.

This collection of Top 10s should make you feel better, Ryan.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 05:44 PM

Kyle Smith's Top 10 has some surprising titles on it.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:00 AM

Kyle Smith's Top 10 has some surprising titles on it.

I was just coming to A&F to highlight Smith's list in the thread for "Everything Must Go," a film I was just thinking about yesterday, wondering if anyone would put it on their top 10 list.

I don't think it'll be on mine -- it's been a very strong year for film -- but, I thought, I could see it making someone's list. And now I know who that someone is. Maybe there will be more.

(I'll refrain from posting in the dedicated film thread.)

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:46 PM

Ann Hornaday's list includes Buck, The Trip, Nostalgia for the Light, and at #1... Meek's Cutoff.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:48 PM

Overstreet wrote:
: Kyle Smith's Top 10 has some surprising titles on it.

Just to clarify: that's Smith's top ten ARTHOUSE list. The ten-best list coming out this weekend will stick to mainstream films.

In the meantime, our own vjmorton tweets: "an art-house list with no foreign-language titles?"

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:52 PM

TIFF has named its picks for Canada's Top Ten of 2011. I have seen three of these films (Take This Waltz, Hobo with a Shotgun, Starbuck), and there is a fourth that is currently playing in a Vancouver theatre (Cafe de Flore). But I don't believe any of the other six have played here at all, not even at festivals (unless you count the Whistler festival, where at least one of the other films DID play). (There WAS a press screening of A Dangerous Method a week or two ago, which I missed because I had to take my kids to school, but it doesn't open here until January.)

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:56 PM

Ann Hornaday's list includes Buck, The Trip, Nostalgia for the Light, and at #1... Meek's Cutoff.

Whoa! I guess this will appear in the Sunday edition of the Post. Hadn't seen it. Great list!

Has anyone here seen The Trip? It's a ... oh, nevermind. Just see it. :)

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:10 PM

Yeah, I've seen The Trip. But I'm more interested in seeing the whole series, from which the movie's excerpts were drawn. The film's kind of a "best-of" collage from the show.

Boston 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 (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer)
“The Clock”
(Runner-up: “Hugo”)

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy)
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")

Best Film Series

All Roads Lead to Nowhere: The Films of Monte Hellman (HFA)

American Punk (HFA)

The Complete Henri-Georges Clouzot (HFA)

Noir Nights (ArtsEmerson)

Science on Screen (Coolidge Corner)

Best Rediscoveries

Children of Hiroshima (Masterworks by Maneto Shindo, HFA)

Days and Nights in the Forest (Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan: Two Generations in Indian Cinema, HFA)
Deep End (The Radical Visions of Jerzy Skolimowski, HFA)
The Makioka Sisters (New and Restored Prints, MFA)
The Shooting (All Roads Lead to Nowhere The Films of Monte Hellman, HFA)
Special Commendations

To the Brattle Film Foundation for ten years as a nonprofit, for its continued commitment to film preservation, and for its eclectic, and historically and culturally relevant repertory programming at the Brattle Theater.

To Ben Fowlie, Sara Archambault, and Sean Flynn, co-founder programmers of DocYard, for presenting a vibrant forum for the Boston documentary community to see important new non-fiction works and to have meaningful discussions with the filmmakers.

To The Museum of Fine Arts for purchasing, programming, and broadly promoting Christian Marclay's film installation, "The Clock," and for allowing audiences to experience this unique work of cinema in its full 24-hour runtime on select dates.


L.A. Critics:

Best Picture
"The Descendants"
(Runner-up: "The Tree of Life")

Best Actor
Michael Fassbender, "Shame," "A Dangerous Method," "Jane Eyre" and "X-Men: First Class"
(Runner-up: Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter")

Best Actress
Yun Jung-Hee, "Poetry"
(Runner-up: Kirsten Dunst, "Melancholia")

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," "The Tree of Life"
(Runner-up: Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs")

Best Director
Terrance Malick, "The Tree of Life"
(Runner-up: Martin Scorsese, "Hugo")

Best Screenplay
"A Separation"
(Runner-up: "The Descendants")

Best Cinematography
"The Tree of Life"
(Runner-up: "City of Life and Death")

Best Documentary/Non-fiction Film
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams"
(Runner-up: "The Arbor")

Best Foreign-Language Film
"City of Life and Death"
(Runner-up: "A Separation")

Best Animated Film
"Rango"
(Runner-up: "The Adventures of Tintin")

Best Music/Score
"Hanna"
(Runner-up: "Drive")

Best Production Design
"Hugo"
(Runner-up: "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy")

New Generation Award: The creative team behind "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond and Elizabeth Olsen)

Douglas E. Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video:
"Spark of Being"



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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:16 PM

Detroit Critics include Take Shelter in their five nominees for Best Picture!

1. BEST PICTURE

THE ARTIST
THE DESCENDANTS
HUGO
TAKE SHELTER
THE TREE OF LIFE

2. BEST DIRECTOR

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS – THE ARTIST
TERRENCE MALICK – THE TREE OF LIFE
JEFF NICHOLS – TAKE SHELTER
MARTIN SCORSESE– HUGO
NICHOLAS WINDING REFN – DRIVE

3. BEST ACTOR

GEORGE CLOONEY– THE DESCENDANTS
JEAN DUJARDIN – THE ARTIST
MICHAEL FASSBENDER – SHAME
BRAD PITT – MONEYBALL
MICHAEL SHANNON – TAKE SHELTER

4. BEST ACTRESS

VIOLA DAVIS – THE HELP
FELICITY JONES – LIKE CRAZY
MERYL STREEP – THE IRON LADY
CHARLIZE THERON – YOUNG ADULT
MICHELLE WILLIAMS – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

KENNETH BRANAGH – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
ALBERT BROOKS – DRIVE
RYAN GOSLING – CRAZY STUPID LOVE
PATTON OSWALT – YOUNG ADULT
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – BEGINNERS

6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

BERENICE BEJO – THE ARTIST
JESSICA CHASTAIN – TAKE SHELTER
CAREY MULLIGAN – SHAME
VANESSA REDGRAVE – CORIOLANUS
OCTAVIA SPENCER – THE HELP

7. BEST ENSEMBLE

CARNAGE
CEDAR RAPIDS
CRAZY STUPID LOVE
THE HELP
MARGIN CALL
WIN WIN

8. BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

JESSICA CHASTAIN – THE HELP/TAKE SHELTER/THE TREE OF LIFE
FELICITY JONES – LIKE CRAZY
MELISSA MCCARTHY – BRIDESMAIDS
ELIZABETH OLSEN –MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
SHAILENE WOODLEY– THE DESCENDANTS

9. BEST SCREENPLAY

50/50 – WILL REISER
THE ARTIST – MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS
BEGINNERS – MIKE MILLS
MONEYBALL – AARON SORKIN & STEVEN ZAILLIAN
TAKE SHELTER– JEFF NICHOLS

10. BEST DOCUMENTARY

INTO ETERNITY
INTO THE ABYSS
MARWENCOL
TABLOID
WE WERE HERE



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Posted 11 December 2011 - 09:46 PM

San Francisco Critics:

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


Wow. Just look at that. Tree of Life. Certified Copy. Mill and the Cross. Have the SF film critics been reading my thoughts on movies this year?

Edited by Overstreet, 11 December 2011 - 11:34 PM.