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'A Separation,' Tom Cullen: International Cinephile Society Awards

Anna Paquin Margaret movieAsghar Farhadi's A Separation, Margaret's Anna Paquin (photo), Weekend's Tom Cullen, and The Tree of Life's Terrence Malick and Brad Pitt were some of the winners of the 2012 International Cinephile Society Awards. The honors are announced by "an online group made up of approximately 80 accredited journalists, film scholars, historians and other industry professionals who cover film festivals and events on five continents." And cinephiles they clearly are; some of their choices would put the U.S.-based National Society of Film Critics to shame. (See further below the full list of International Cinephile Society winners and runners-ups.)

Writer-director Farhadi's Iranian family drama A Separation, which is up for the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay Academy Awards, won as Best Picture of 2011, in addition to Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Ensemble (including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress runners-up Peyman Moaadi and Shahab Hosseini). Farhadi was also the runner-up for Best Director.

Paquin was the Best Actress winner for her performance in Kenneth Lonergan's much-praised but little-seen psychological drama Margaret, while Tom Cullen was voted Best Actor for his enamored gay man in Andrew Haigh's Weekend.

Terrence Malick was the Best Director for the cosmic family drama The Tree of Life, which also earned citations for Best Supporting Actor Brad Pitt, Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki), and Best Film Editing (Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa). The Best Supporting Actress was Margaret's J. Smith-Cameron.

Among the other ICS winners were Mysteries of Lisbon's Carlos Saboga and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy's Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, who tied for the Best Adapted Screenplay Award; Gore Verbinski's animated feature Rango; and Andrei Ujica's The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu.

Anna Paquin/Margaret photo: Myles Aronowitz / Fox Searchlight.

Weekend movie Tom Cullen Chris New
Chris New, Tom Cullen in Andrew Haigh's Weekend

BEST PICTURE
01. A Separation 
02. The Tree of Life 
03. Mysteries of Lisbon 
04. Certified Copy 
05. Weekend 
06. Margaret 
07. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 
08. Drive
09. Meek's Cutoff
10. Hugo
11. Melancholia

BEST DIRECTOR
Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life

Runner-up: Asghar Farhadi - A Separation 

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE 
01. A Separation
02. Mysteries of Lisbon
03. Certified Copy
04. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 
05. The Skin I Live In
06. Poetry 
07. House of Pleasures
08. Le Havre 
09. Le Quattro Volte 
10. Of Gods and Men 

BEST ACTOR
Tom Cullen - Weekend 

Runner-up: Peyman Moaadi - A Separation 

BEST ACTRESS
Anna Paquin - Margaret

Runner-up: Juliette Binoche - Certified Copy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
Brad Pitt - The Tree of Life

Runner-up: Shahab Hosseini - A Separation 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
J. Smith-Cameron - Margaret

Runner-up: Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi

Runner-up: Weekend - Andrew Haigh

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (tie)
Mysteries of Lisbon - Carlos Saboga, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

Runner-up: The Skin I Live In - Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 
The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki 

Runner-up: Mysteries of Lisbon - André Szankowski 

BEST EDITING
The Tree of Life - Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa 

Runner-up: Drive - Matthew Newman

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN 
The Mill and the Cross - Marcel Slawinski, Katarzyna Sobanska-Strzalkowska

Runner-up: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Maria Djurkovic

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE 
Drive - Cliff Martinez

Runners-up: Mysteries of Lisbon - Jorge Arriagada and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Alberto Iglesias 

BEST ENSEMBLE 
A Separation

Runner-up: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 

BEST ANIMATED FILM 
Rango by Gore Verbinski

Runner-up: Winnie the Pooh 

BEST DOCUMENTARY 
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu directed by Andrei Ujica

Runner-up: Nostalgia for the Light

BEST BEST PICTURE NOT RELEASED IN 2011
• Alps 
• Century of Birthing 
• Declaration of War 
• The Deep Blue Sea 
• Elena 
• Faust 
The Kid with a Bike 
• Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 
• This Is Not a Film 
• The Turin Horse

Chris New, Tom Cullen/Weekend photo: Glendale Picture Company / Sundance Selects.

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