Michael Fassbender looks to be a lock for a Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards this year. The Academy race for Best Actress seems to be turning into quite a competition. Michelle Williams beat out Meryl Streep in both Boston and Toronto film critic awards. Lastly, Rango and The Adventures of Tintin continue to split the award votes in the Best Animated film category.
Toronto Film Critics Association: 2011 Winners
Best Picture: The Tree of Life Runners-up: The Artist, The Descendants
Best Actor: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter Runners-up: George Clooney, The Descendants and Michael Fassbender, Shame
Best Actress: Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn Runners-up: Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene and Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners Runners-up: Albert Brooks, Drive and Patton Oswalt, Young Adult
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter Runners-up: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life and Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best Director: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life Runners-up: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist and Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Best Screenplay: Moneybal, written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Runners-up: The Descendants, written by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and 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 and Martha Marcy May Marlene, directed by Sean Durkin
Best Animated Feature: The Adventures of Tintin Runners-up: Puss in Boots and Rango
Best Foreign Language Film: Mysteries of Lisbon Runners-up: Attenberg ;Le Havre; and A Separation
Allan King Documentary Award: Nostalgia for the Light Runners-up: Into the Abyss, Project Nim
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
Boston Society of Film Critics: 2011 Winners
Best Picture: Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist. Runners-Up: Martin Scorsese for Hugo and Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret.
Best Foreign Film : Denis Villeneuve's Incendies. Runner-Up: Asghar Farhadi's A Separation and Lee Chang-dong's Poetry.
Best Documentary: James Marsh's Project Nim. Runner-Up: Richard Press's Bill Cunningham New York.
Best Director: Martin Scorsese for Hugo. Runner-Up: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist.
Best Screenplay: Moneyball (Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin). Runner-Up: Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan).
Best Actress: Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn. Runner-Up: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady.
Best Actor: Brad Pitt for Moneyball. Runner-Up: George Clooney for The Descendants and Michael Fassbender for Shame.
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks for Drive.
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids. Runner-Up:Jeannie Berlin for Margaret.
Best Ensemble: Carnage. Runner-Up: Margaret.
Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life (Emmanuel Lubezki). Runner-Up: Hugo (Robert Richardson).
Best Film Editing: The Clock(Christian Marclay). Runner-Up: Hugo (Thelma Schoonmaker).
Best New Filmmaker: Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene. Runner-Up: JC Chandor for Margin Call.
Best Use of Music in a Film: The Artist and Drive. Runner-Up: The Descendants.
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: 2011 Winners
Best Picture: Alexander Payne's The Descendants. Runner-Up: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.
Best Director: Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life. Runner-Up: Martin Scorsese for Hugo.
Best Actress: Yun Jung-hee for Poetry. Runner-Up: Kirsten Dunst forMelancholia.
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender for A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shameand X-Men: First Class. Runner-Up: Michael Shannon for Take Shelter.
Best Foreign Language Film: Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death. Runner-Up: Asghar Farhadi's A Separation.
Best Independent/Experimental Film: Bill Morrison's Spark of Being.
Best Documentary/Nonfiction Film: Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Runner-Up: Clio Barnard's The Arbor.
New Generation: "The creative team behind Martha Marcy May Marlene(Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond and Elizabeth Olsen)."
Best Animation: Gore Verbinski's Rango. Runner-Up: Steven Spielberg andPeter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin.
Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi for A Separation. Runner-Up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for The Descendants.
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer for Beginners. Runner-Up: Patton Oswalt for Young Adult.
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain for The Tree of Life, The Help,The Debt, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields and Coriolanus. Runner-Up: Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs.
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life. Runner-Up: Cao Yu for City of Life and Death.
Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti for Hugo. Runner-Up: Maria Djurkovic for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Best Music/Score: The Chemical Brothers for Hanna. Runner-Up: Cliff Martinez for Drive.
Detroit Film Critics Associations: 2011 Winners
Best Picture: The Artist
Best Director: Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Screenplay: Steve Zailian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
Best Documentary: Tabloid
Best Actress: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, Shame
Best Supporting Actress: Carey Mulligan, Shame
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Breakthrough Performances: Jessica Chastain
Best Ensemble: Carnage