Best Picture: Amour Best Director: Michael Haneke Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike and Bernie Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master Best Cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr., The Master Best Nonfiction Film: The Gatekeepers Best Experimental Film: This Is Not a Film Film Heritage Prizes: Laurence Kardish; Milestone Film and (read…)

Top 10 The Artist A Separation Drive Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy The Tree of Life We Need to Talk About Kevin Melancholia Shame Margaret The Descendants Film: The Artist British Film: We Need to Talk About Kevin Foreign-Language Film: A Separation Documentary: Senna Director: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Screenwriter: Asghar Farhadi – A Separation (read…)


The great thing about GALECA’s pick of Weekend as both the Film of the Year and the LGBT-Themed Film of the Year for their Dorian Awards is that it really does qualify as both. No, it’s not my personal best film of the year, but it’s on a list of bests and it deserves a (read…)

Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in The Artist

  Film: The Artist Actor: Michael Fassbender, Shame Actress: Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of LIfe/Take Shelter/The Help Director: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life Documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Foreign Language Film: A Separation Canadian Film: Cafe (read…)

Jean Dujardin and Uggie in The Artist

The Most Egregious Love Interest Age Difference Award special mention is kind of silly, but then I think it was sort of meant to be. Plus, the AWFJ’s positive recognition of Melancholia makes up for The Women Film Critics Circle’s bizarre selection of it for Worst Female Images in a Movie. Best Film: The Artist (read…)

George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller in The Descendants

Please enjoy this fine collection of award from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle. I can’t criticize them for elevating a mediocrity like The Descendants as the “Best Film of the Year” because my own city of Los Angeles did the same. Best Film: The Descendants Best Foreign Film: A Separation Robert Altman Award for (read…)

Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia

From the NSFC website: The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) on Saturday, January 7th, 2012, chose Melancholia as Best Picture of the Year 2011. Kirsten Dunst was named best actress for her performance in Lars von Trier’s film, and Brad Pitt was named best actor for his work in Moneyball and The Tree of Life. (read…)

Ryan Gosling in Drive

Imagine the sparks that fly when the Central Ohio Film Critics Association and the Outer Ohio Film Critics Association meet in a dark alley behind a seedy bar… Best Film 1. Drive 2. Martha Marcy May Marlene 3. Take Shelter 4. Melancholia 5. The Descendants 6. Midnight in Paris 7. The Tree of Life 8. (read…)

The Tree of Life

In their 15th annual awards, the Online Film Critics Society chose Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life for best picture, director, supporting actress, editing and cinematography. These are my people. Best Picture: The Tree of Life Best Animated Feature: Rango Best Director: Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life Best Lead Actor: Michael Fassbender – (read…)

hugo review

These things are ever so much more interesting when they aren’t just following the herd. Hugo is a great choice, as are Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain for Take Shelter. I Saw the Devil is also an unexpected and inspiring choice for Foreign Film. Senna is on a short list (along with Tabloid) of 2011 (read…)

Ryan Gosling in Drive

  Best Picture: “Drive” Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive” Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, “Drive” Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life” Best Documentary: “Senna” Best Foreign Language Film: “A Separation” Best Irish Film: “The Guard” Best Irish Documentary: “Knuckle” International Breakthrough: Jessica Chastain, “The Help,” “Take Shelter” and “The Tree of Life” Domestic Breakthrough: John (read…)

The Phoenix Film Critics Society has spoken and The Artist is more popular than Jesus, at least in certain parts of Arizona. I’m not sure how The Muppets gets best family film and not Hugo when Hugo makes their Top 10 list not to mention the fact that The Muppets is terrible, but whatever. TOP (read…)

I haven’t been posting nominations for the various critics groups that announce them, but since I belong to the OFCS, I’m posting these ones. All of these come directly from the press release. Best Picture: The Artist The Descendants Drive Hugo The Tree of Life   Best Animated Feature: The Adventures of Tintin Arthur Christmas (read…)

Not much to say about these picks from the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle other than to ask what they mean by “no-so-obviously worst” and how it is that The Hangover Part II‘s awfulness is not plain to see. In fact it’s much much worse than their “Obviously Worst” film Transformers: Dark of the Moon which, (read…)

“The Women Film Critics Circle is an association of 57 women film critics and scholars from around the country and internationally, who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media. We came together in 2004 to form the first women critics organization in the United States, in the belief that women’s perspectives and voices (read…)

I’m just doing the top 10 films and the best in the individual categories. For a full breakdown (including the pointless “Worst” list) and to immerse yourself in the “Passiondex” wherein the editors parse the list in every way possible, by all means head over to The Village Voice. Votes Mentions 1. The Tree of (read…)

Best Picture: Drive (runner-up: The Artist) Best Achievement in Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist (runner-up: Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive) Best Lead Performance by an Actor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50 (runner-up: Jean Dujardin, The Artist) Best Lead Performance by an Actress: Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn (runner-up: Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) Best (read…)

Black Film Critics Circle

This is the Black Film Critics Circle’s 2nd year as an awards-giving entity. Here’s how they describe themselves in the official press release: “Founded in 2010, the Black Film Critics Circle is a membership organization comprised of film critics of color from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, radio, television and qualifying on-line publications. The organization (read…)

I know this is gone way beyond ridiculous, but I forget every year that once you start it’s hard to stop posting these things even long after any meaning they might have had is lost in the kudo cacophony. BEST PICTURE(-) The Tree of Life BEST DIRECTOR(-) Terrence Malick–The Tree of Life BEST ACTOR(-) Michael (read…)

TOP TEN FILMS The Descendants The Artist Hugo Moneyball The Tree of Life Drive Midnight in Paris Win Win War Horse The Help BEST ACTOR Winner – George Clooney (The Descendants) Runner-up – Michael Fassbender (Shame) BEST ACTRESS Winner – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Runner-up – Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin (read…)

indieWIRE’s 6th Annual survey of “critics, bloggers and other tastemakers from around the world” is up. This is almost an entirely unimpeachable list as far as I’m concerned. My one nitpick is with the best undistributed film which I couldn’t stand, but I’m glad to see the terrific Green was a very close second. For (read…)

How you can tongue kiss The Artist in just about every other category without acknowledging the best part of the film which is Jean Dujardin is a total mystery to me, but whatever. No one asked me. Best Film: The Artist Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) Best Actor: George Clooney (The Descendants) Best Actress: Rooney Mara (The Girl (read…)

Top 10 Films of the Year according to the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association: 1. The Descendants 2. The Artist 3. Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close 4. Midnight In Paris 5. The Tree Of Life 6. Hugo 7. 50/50 8. Drive 9. Shame 10. Moneyball Best Actor: George Clooney – THE DESCENDANTS. Runners-up: Jean Dujardin (read…)

Here’s how the Detroit Film Critics Society see the year in pictures: Picture: The Artist Director: Michel Hazanvicius, The Artist Actor: Michael Fassbender, Shame Actress: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners Supporting Actress: Carey Mulligan, Shame Breakthrough Performance: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter (read…)

Because 5 minutes have gone by without some kind of group giving out awards to a bunch of movies, here’s the San Diego Film Critics Society. Film: The Artist Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive Actress: Brit Marling, Another Earth Actor: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants Supporting Actor: Nick Nolte, The (read…)

George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller in The Descendants

The Houston Film Critics Society gave The Descendants three awards including picture, screenplay and supporting actress Shailene Woodley. Picture: The Descendants Director: Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive Actor: Michael Fassbender, Shame Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Foxon (read…)

The Tree of Life

I’ve got no complaints with any of these picks from the Toronto Film Critics Association. 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: Christopher Plummer, Beginners Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron (read…)

Michelle Williams in My week With Marilyn

I forgive the Las Vegas Film Critics Society’s boner for The Artist and their appalling choice of “Man or Muppet” for best song because of their pick of 13 Assassins for foreign film and Michelle Williams for actress. Picture: The Artist Director: Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist Actress: Michelle Williams, My (read…)

The Tree of Life

Here’s how the African-American Film Critics Association describes itself on its website: “The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) actively reviews cinema at-large, with a particular emphasis on films which include the Black experience. The organization creates a platform for movies with universal appeal to the African-American community, while highlighting films produced, written, directed and starring, (read…)

Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in The Artist

The Artist is no surprise, but I like the picks of Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Giamatti in the acting categories. Runner-up Winnie the Pooh should’ve switched places with Rango, but whatever. Nice to see Christopher Plummer getting some more recognition though I also really liked Albert Brooks. Film of the Year: The Artist Runner-up: The (read…)

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