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Michelle Williams, George Clooney, THE ARTIST: National Society of Film Critics Awards Omissions

A Trip to the Moon, Georges Melies
Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon

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Two interesting omissions from the NSFC roster: critics' fave Michelle Williams (for portraying Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn) and George Clooney (for his stressed out father in Alexander Payne's The Descendants) weren't among the critics' top three actresses/actors. Dunst and Yun were followed by New York Film Critics winner Meryl Streep for her Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady; Brad Pitt was followed by Gary Oldman in Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Jean Dujardin in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. Dujardin, in fact, was The Artist's sole representative in the NSFC 2011 roster.

For the record the other runners-up were Christopher Plummer (Mike Mills' Beginners) and Patton Oswalt (Jason Reitman's Young Adult) for Best Supporting Actor; Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) was no. 3 for Best Supporting Actress; Hugo (Robert Richardson) was no. 3 for Best Cinematography; and Moneyball (Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin) and Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen) were the Best Screenplay runners-up.

Also, Ken Jacobs was cited for the experimental feature Seeking the Monkey King, which is so experimental it's not even listed on the IMDb. In Jacobs' own words, the 40-minute Seeking the Monkey King "could have well been called Kicking and Screaming but that only describes me in the process of making it, questioning its taste. Once the message kicked in it overrode all objection. … Determining a place between two and three dimensions, pushing time to take on substance, is what I do. Seeking the Monkey King  is a reversion to my mid-twenties and that sense of horror that drove the making of Star Spangled to Death."

And finally, the National Society of Film Critics gave Film Heritage citations to the following:

  • BAMcinématek for its Vincente Minnelli retrospective (from Cabin in the Sky, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Tea and Sympathy to The Sandpiper, On a Clear Day You See Forever, and A Matter of Time);
  • Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema, and the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema for the restoration of the color version of Georges Méliès' 1902 short A Trip to the Moon;
  • The New York Museum of Modern Art's retrospective of Weimar Cinema, which included E.A. Dupont's Variety, Richard Oswald's Different from the Others, Robert Siodmak's People on Sunday, and Paul Leni's Waxworks;
  • Flicker Alley for “Landmarks of Early Soviet Film,” which features Sergei Eisenstein's Old and New (1929), Dziga Vertov's Stride, Soviet (1926), Victor Turin's Turksib (1930), Esther Shub's The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927), Boris Barnet's The House on Trubnaya (1928), Lev Kuleshov's The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924) and By the Law (1926), Mikhail Kalatozov's Salt for Svanetia;
  • The Criterion Collection on for its 2-disc Jean Vigo DVD package (L'Atalante, Zéro de conduite, À propos de Nice).

Ken Jacobs' quote via Film Society Lincoln Center.

A Trip to the Moon image: Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema, the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema

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1 Comment to Michelle Williams, George Clooney, THE ARTIST: National Society of Film Critics Awards Omissions

  1. Mark Esposito

    They awarded best director to Terence Malick for his indulgent The Tree of Life, which should be used in film courses to teach HOW NOT TO DIRECT A FILM. Once that was awarded, all their other selections became suspect. Melancholia got their pick for best picture, when A Separation, Incendes, Shame, and Drive, just to name four, were all much better choices.

    After these awards the organization is a joke, and not a good one.




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