Sunday, December 11, 2011

Weekly Award Season Recap

A few very interesting awards winners this week. The Artist continues its steady climb by grapping another best film award. Café de flore was named one of the top Canadian films of the year by TIFF. I have heard nothing but outstanding things about the film and look forward to seeing it. While I was pleased to see Hobo with a Shotgun get some love, both Hobo and Keyhole were very surprising choices. Lastly, another film I have heard great things about, Tyrannosaur, takes top spot at the British Independent Film Awards.

Washington Film Critics Association: 2011 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

Canada's Top Ten of 2011 (selected by TIFF)
Café de flore -- Jean-Marc Vallée
A Dangerous Method -- David Cronenberg
Edwin Boyd -- Nathan Morlando
Hobo With a Shotgun -- Jason Eisener
Keyhole -- Guy Maddin
Marécages [Wetlands] -- Guy Édoin
Monsieur Lazhar -- Philippe Falardeau
Starbuck -- Ken Scott
Take This Waltz -- Sarah Polley
Le Vendeur [The Salesman] -- Sébastien Pilote

British Independent Film Awards: 2011 Winners
Best Film: Tyrannosaur
Best Director: Lynne Ramsay, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Actor Michael Fassbender, Shame
Best Actress: Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur
Best Documentary: Senna
Best Supporting Actress: Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Smiley, Kill List
Most Promising Newcomer: Tom Cullen for Weekend
Best Debut Director: Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur
Best Screenplay: Richard Ayoade, Submarine
Best Achievement in Production: Weekend
The Raindance Award: Leaving Baghdad
Best Technical Achievement: Maria Djurkovic, Production Design in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best British Short: Chalk
Best Foreign Independent Film: A Separation
The Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film: Ralph Fiennes
The Variety Award: Kenneth Branagh
The Special Jury Prize: Graham Easton

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