Sunday, December 04, 2011

Weekly Award Season Recap

Nice to see The Artist getting some early love! Hopefully the film can survive the backlash that is bound to come as the award season progresses. Tree of Life continues to ride the ridiculously high level of critical praise we expected it would. Lastly, Hugo officially became a serious Academy Award Best Picture contender this week after being awarded the Best Picture of the year by the National Board of Review.

New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 2011 Winners
Best Picture: The Artist
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Actor: Brad Pitt, Moneyball, The Tree of Life
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive
Best Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Best Foreign Film: A Separation
Best First Film: J.C. Chandor, Margin Cal

Gotham Independent Film Awards: 2011 Winners
Best Feature: (Tie) The Tree of Life, Beginners
Best Documentary: Better This World
Best Ensemble Performance: Beginners
Breakthrough Actor: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
Breakthrough Director: Dee Rees, Pariah
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: Scenes of a Crime
Audience Award: Girlfriend
Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant: Lucy Mulloy, director, Una Noche

National Board of Review: 2011 Winners
Best Film: Hugo
Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best Documentary:Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Best Ensemble: The Help
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser, 50/50
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Breakthrough Performance: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
Breakthrough Performance: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Debut Director: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
NBR Freedom of Expression: Crime After Crime
NBR Freedom of Expression: Pariah

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

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

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, The Tree of Life, War Horse

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

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

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


  1. Unfortunately a lot of these films have not been released to the general public.

    Nice write up.

  2. no one film is sweeping so far. i thought 'the artist' (a film i loved) would coast to best picture like 'slumdog millionaire' but i guess we still have to wait and see.

  3. @Sam – That is the down side of award season, often many of the highly praised films are either in limited release or do not come out until the New Year in most markets.

    @Mr. Jeffrey – Still way too early for a front runner, though I think come January we will see at least two films emerge from the pack.

  4. Michelle12:02 pm

    Why is there not a 'Best Music' from a film category? If there was, I would recommend the music from the musical saw scene in 'Another Earth'. You can hear it on the composer's website

  5. @Michelle - I guess it depends on who is giving out the awards. I know the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes recognizes the important contributions that music plays in films.


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