Critics Groups Announce En Masse

The Los Angeles Film Critics Society, Boston Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Online, and the American Film Institute all decided to announce their year end awards today. While the AFI, NYFCO and BSFC went mostly according to the script (with a few exceptions), the LAFCA really thought outside the box with many of their choices, and provided the most inspired groups of critics award winners yet, including my personal favorite win of the day - Yun Jung-hee for Best Actress in Lee Chang Dong's Poetry, and Asghar Farhadi for Best Screenplay for A Separation.

Yun Jung-hee in POETRY. 
Courtesy of Kino International.

Here is the complete rundown:

AFI Top Ten

The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help

J. Edgar


Midnight in Paris


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Brad Pitt in MONEYBALL.

Boston Society of Film Critics
Best Picture  -  The Artist
Best Actor -  Brad Pitt for Moneyball
Best Actress - Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn
Best Supporting Actor -  Albert Brooks for Drive
Best Supporting Actress -  Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids
Best Director -  Martin Scorsese for Hugo
Best Screenplay -  Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin for Moneyball
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life
Best Documentary -  Project Nim
Best Foreign-Language Film -  Incendies
Best Animated Film -  Rango
Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer) - Christian Marclay for The Clock
Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy) -  Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene
Best Ensemble Cast -  Carnage
Best Use of Music in a Film  -  Tie: Drive and The Artist
Nick Krause, Amara Miller, Shailene Woodley,  and George Clooney in THE DESCENDANTS.

Los Angeles Film Critics
Best Picture - The Descendants
Best Director -  Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life. Runner-Up: Martin Scorsese, Hugo.
Best Actor, Winner: Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class. Runner-Up: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter.
Best Actress - Winner: Yun Jung-hee, Poetry. Runner-Up: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia.
Best Supporting Actress - Winner: Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, The Tree of Life. Runner-Up: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs.
Best Supporting Actor - Winner: Christopher Plummer, Beginners. Runner-Up: Patton Oswalt, Young Adult.
Best Screenplay - Asghar Farhadi, A Separation.
Best Music/Score:  The Chemical Brothers, Hanna.  Runner-Up: Cliff Martinez, Drive.

Best Production Design: Winner: Dante Ferretti, Hugo.  Runner-Up: Maria Djurkovic, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Best Cinematography - Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life.

Best Documentary/Nonfiction - Cave of Forgotten DreamsBest Foreign Language Film - City of Life and Death


Leila Hatami and Peyman Moaadi in A SEPARATION.
New York Film Critics Online
Film - The Artist  
Actor - Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Actress - Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Director - Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks, Drive
Supporting Actress - Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Breakthrough Performer - Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Coriolanus, Texas Killing Fields
Debut Director - Joe Cornish,  Attack the Block
Ensemble Cast - Bridesmaids 
Screenplay - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendant
Documentary - Cave of Forgotten Dreams 
Foreign Language - A Separation 
Animated - The Adventures of Tintin
Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Use of Music -Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Thanks to Sasha Stone at Awards Daily for compiling this list.


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