San Francisco Film Critics Pick "The Tree of Life," Hail Gary Oldman  


Terrance Malick's "The Tree of Life" was the big winner at the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards taking home Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography prizes.

In the acting category, Gary Oldman won Best Actor for his subtle performance in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Tilda Swinton was honored the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a grieving mother in "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Albert Brooks received the Best Supporting Actor award for "Drive" while Vanessa Redgrave was named Best Supporting Actress for "Coriolanus."

Here's the complete list of the 2011 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards:

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

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
National Film Preservation Foundation

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"The Descendants" Wins Big at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards! 


Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" took home the top prize at the Los Angeles Film Critics Award announced Sunday. The fantastic dramedy starring George Clooney won the Best Picture of the year award. Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" was the runner-up in this category.

But Payne lost out to Malick for the Best Director award, and the LA Film Critics gave the runner-up award to Martin Scorsese for "Hugo."

In the acting categories, Michael Fassbender, baring his all in "Shame," took home the Best Actor award while Yun Jung-Hee of "Poetry" won the Best Actress award. Michael Shannon for "Take Shelter" was the runner-up for Best Actor while Kirsten Dunst in "Melancholia" was the runner-up for Best Actress.

Best Supporting Actor award went to Christopher Plummer for "Beginners" (Patton Oswalt from "Young Adult" was the runner-up), while Jessica Chastain was given the Best Supporting Actress award for pretty much anything she starred in this year ("Coriolanus," "The Debt," "The Help," "Take Shelter," "Texas Killing Fields," "The Tree of Life")! Janet McTeer from "Albert Nobbs," who out-dragged Glenn Close in the film, was the runner-up in this category.

But you know what I'm happy about with the LA Film Critics' choices? They gave the Best Music Score to the Chemical Brothers (that's Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons to you!), while making Cliff Martinez the runner-up for his brilliant score in "Drive," two of my favorite soundtracks of the year!

Here's the complete list of winners and runners-up:

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")

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

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American Film Institute Reveals Top Ten Movies and TV Programs of the Year! 


The American Film Institute (AFI) has unveiled their Top 10 lists in both movies and TV categories. "Bridesmaids" managed to sneak in among surefire Oscar contenders such as Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo."

But Oscar front-runner "The Artist" was omitted! Why? Because it's not an American production; hence, ineligible.

In the Television category, the comedies "Modern Family" (ABC) and "Parks and Recreation" (NBC) enjoyed top billing among "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO) and "Breaking Bad" (AMC).

"The Artist" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" received AFI Special Awards for their "outstanding achievements in the moving image that do not fit into AFI's criteria for the other honorees."

Here's the complete list of the AFI Awards 2011:

MOVIES OF THE YEAR

BRIDESMAIDS
THE DESCENDANTS
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
THE HELP
HUGO
J. EDGAR
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
MONEYBALL
THE TREE OF LIFE
WAR HORSE

TELEVISION PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

BOARDWALK EMPIRE
BREAKING BAD
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD WIFE
HOMELAND
JUSTIFIED
LOUIE
MODERN FAMILY
PARKS AND RECREATION

SPECIAL AWARDS

THE ARTIST
THE HARRY POTTER SERIES

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New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) Falls in Love with "The Artist," Melissa McCarthy 


The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) has announced the winners of their annual award and the top prize went to Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist." The helmer also received the Best Director award. Michael Shannon of "Take Shelter" won Best Actor while Meryl Streep of "The Iron Lady" took home the Best Actress award. "Drive's" Albert Brooks won the Best Supporting Actor trophy.

But once again, Melissa McCarthy shone! Her performance in last summer's "Bridesmaids" was never forgotten and she was awarded the Best Supporting Actress honor! She also took home the award from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Here's the full list of the New York Film Critics (NYFCO) winners:

Picture
"The Artist"

Actor
Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter"

Actress
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"

Director
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, "Drive"

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"

Breakthrough Performer
Jessica Chastain, "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "The Help," "Take Shelter," "Texas Killing Fields," "The Tree of Life"

Debut Director
Joe Cornish, "Attack The Block"

Ensemble Cast
"Bridesmaids"

Screenplay
The Descendants

Documentary
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

Foreign Language
"A Separation"

Animated
The Adventures of Tintin

Cinematography
The Tree of Life

Film Music or Score
The Artist

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"The Artist" Claims Top Boston Society Film Critics Honor, "Bridesmaids'" Melissa McCarthy Surprises 


The black-and-white, silent film (well, not quite entirely silent) "The Artist" took home the top honor at the 2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards. But director Michel Hazanavicius must contend to just be a runner-up against "Hugo's" Martin Scorsese's big win as Best Director.

Brad Pitt (Best Actor for "Moneyball"), Michelle Williams (Best Actress for "My Week with Marilyn"), and Albert Brooks (Best Supporting Actor for "Drive") took home acting honors, but it was Melissa McCarthy's memorable performance in the No. 1 women-centric comedy "Bridesmaids" that surprised the most! Yay and congrats to Miss Melissa! (Check out my fun interview with the actress for "Bridesmaids" right here)

Here's the full list of winners and runners-up of the Boston Society Film Critics Awards:

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")

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