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'Holy Motors' & Meryl Streep In: More Film Critics Nominations

Holy Motors Leos Carax Denis LavantHoly Motors in, Lincoln Out: Online Film Critics' 2012 / 2013 nominations.

The Online Film Critics Society has announced its list of 2012 / 2013 nominees. As usual, the list includes several unusual – and generally welcome – choices. (The eventual winners tend to be more conventionally mainstream.) I should add that the Online Film Critics' omissions are equally interesting. (Image: Denis Lavant in Leos Carax's Holy Motors.)

For instance, Leos Carax's Cannes Film Festival entry Holy Motors is one of the Best Picture nominees; but Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, Michael Haneke's Amour, Ang Lee's Life of Pi, and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook aren't.

The Best Foreign Language Film shortlist includes Béla Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky's The Turin Horse and Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film, while running for Best Animated Feature is Hiromasa Yonebayashi's The Secret World of Arrietty. Also: This Is Not a Film and Jiro Dreams of Sushi are among the Best Documentary contenders, but not, say, New York Film Critics winner The Central Park Five or U.S. critics' groups favorite Searching for Sugar Man.

In the Best Director category, Leos Carax is in; Steven Spielberg is out. For Best Actor, Holy Motors' Denis Lavant is in, but Silver Linings Playbook's Bradley Cooper and Amour's Jean-Louis Trintignant are out. Beasts of the Southern Wild's Dwight Henry is up for Best Supporting Actor, but Leonardo DiCaprio failed to be shortlisted for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's original screenplay for the horror flick The Cabin in the Woods is in the running, but Michael Haneke's for Amour isn't – or Leos Carax's for Best Picture nominee Holy Motors. In the Best Adapted Screenplay category you'll find David Cronenberg for the relatively little-seen Robert Pattinson vehicle Cosmopolis and Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski for the costly Tom Hanks / Halle Berry box office misfire Cloud Atlas, but not David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook or David Magee for Life of Pi. (It's just too bad they left out Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope.) The Online Film Critics winners will be announced on January 17, 2013.

Online Film Critics Society Awards 2012 nominations

Best Picture: Argo, Holy Motors, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty.

Best Film Not in the English Language: Michael Haneke's Amour, Leos Carax's Holy Motors, Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone, Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film, Béla Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky's The Turin Horse.

Best Dir.: Ben Affleck, Argo, Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master, Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom, Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty, Leos Carax, Holy Motors.

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook, Emmanuelle Riva, Amour, Quvenzhané Wallis for Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, Rachel Weisz for Terrence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln, John Hawkes, The Sessions, Denis Lavant, Holy Motors, Joaquin Phoenix, The Master, Denzel Washington for Robert Zemeckis' Flight.

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master, Ann Dowd for Craig Zobel's Compliance, Sally Field, Lincoln, Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables, Helen Hunt, The Sessions.

Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, Argo, Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master, Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln, Christoph Waltz for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

Best Original Screenplay The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, Looper, Rian Johnson, The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal.

Best Adapted Screenplay Argo, Chris Terrio, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin, Cloud Atlas, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer, Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg, Lincoln, Tony Kushner.

Best Animated Feature: Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Secret World of Arrietty, Wreck-It Ralph.

Best Documentary: Bart Layton's The Imposter, Kirby Dick's The Invisible War, David Gelb's Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Lauren Greenfield's The Queen of Versailles, Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film.

Best Editing: Argo, William Goldenberg, Cloud Atlas, Alexander Berner, The Master, Leslie Jones, Peter McNulty, Skyfall, Stuart Baird, Zero Dark Thirty, William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor.

Best Cinematography: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda, Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski, The Master, Mihai Malamaire Jr., Moonrise Kingdom, Robert D. Yeoman, Skyfall, Roger Deakins.

Online Film Critics Society's 2012 nominations via Larry Richman.

Denis Lavant in Leos Carax's Holy Motors photo: Indomina Media.

Ben Affleck Argo movie awardsBen Affleck, Argo, Kathryn Bigelow top Nevada Film Critics Awards

'Argo' Wins More U.S. Critics Awards

Ben Affleck's political thriller Argo, about the rescue of six American hostages in Iran in 1980, was chosen as the Best Film of 2012 by the Nevada Film Critics Society. Affleck, who also stars in the film, had to share Best Director honors with the director of another political thriller pitting U.S. agents against Islamic radicals: Kathryn Bigelow, for the controversial get-Osama thriller Zero Dark Thirty. (Image: Ben Affleck Argo.)

SAG Award and Golden Globe nominee John Hawkes was voted Best Actor for playing a disabled man (and virgin) who hires a sex surrogate in The Sessions. Hawkes' co-star, Helen Hunt, shared Best Actress honors with Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. Note: Elsewhere, Helen Hunt has been shortlisted in the Best Supporting Actress category.

In the supporting categories the winners were Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which also won for Best Ensemble Cast. Curiously, Lincoln's Daniel-Day Lewis, the North American critics' overwhelming top Best Actor choice to date, was not singled out – at least among the Nevada Critics winners. Other Lincoln cast members include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, and Hal Holbrook.

The Impossible's Tom Holland was cited for the year's Best Youth Performance. Juan Antonio Bayona directed the tsunami / family drama starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, which happens to be Spain's biggest box office hit of 2012 – by a wide margin: $52.99 million vs. runner-up The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, with $27.95 million.

The other winners were Tim Burton's generally well-received but financially disappointing Frankenweenie as Best Animated Movie; Tom Hooper's musical Les Misérables for Best Production Design; and Ang Lee's 3D fantasy Life of Pi for Best Cinematography (Claudio Miranda) and Best Visual Effects.

Curiously, the Nevada Film Critics Society – which began handing out citations last year – don't have awards categories for Best Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film.

Ben Affleck Argo photo: Warner Bros.

Janet McTeer, Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Janet McTeer, Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Meryl Streep, Janet McTeer: More Critics Awards Winners

Alexander Payne's The Descendants won more awards today, this time courtesy of the Southeastern Film Critics. Payne's Hawaiian-set family drama-comedy was chosen as Best Film, in addition to mentions for Best Actor George Clooney and for Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash's adapted screenplay.

One surprise winner was Woody Allen, whose Midnight in Paris was selected as the Best Original Screenplay of 2011. Other Southeastern winners include Best Actress Meryl Streep for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer for playing Ewan McGregor's gay father in Mike Mills' Beginners, Gore Verbinski's Johnny Depp-voiced Rango as Best Animated Feature, and James Marsh's documentary Project Nim.

Another surprise winner was Best Supporting Actress Janet McTeer, whose work as a butch lesbian in Albert Nobbs has generally been included in shortlists, but not at the very top. More expected was Martin Scorsese's Best Director win for the 3D fantasy period piece Hugo. Asghar Farhadi's widely acclaimed Iranian drama A Separation was the Best Foreign Language Film.

Tate Taylor's The Help, a tale of simmering racial disharmony in the American South in the 1960s, was cited for its ensemble, which includes Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Octavia Spencer. The Help also won the Gene Wyatt Award for “a film that best embodies the spirit of the South.” The runner-up in that category was the documentary Undefeated, about a football team in Virginia.

Janet McTeer/Glenn Close/Albert Nobbs photo: Patrick Redmond / Roadside Attractions

The Descendants
The Artist
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
Win Win
War Horse
The Help

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Asghar Farhadi's A Separation

Runner-up: Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In

BEST ACTOR George Clooney, The Descendants

Runner-up: Michael Fassbender, Shame

BEST ACTRESS Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Runner-up: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Runner-up: Albert Brooks, Drive


Runner-up: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants


Runner-up: The Descendants

BEST DIRECTOR Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Runner-up: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Runner-up: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants

Runner-up: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

BEST DOCUMENTARY James Marsh's Project Nim

Runner-up: Errol Morris' Tabloid

BEST ANIMATED FILM Gore Verbinski's Rango

Runner-up: Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

Runner-up: Robert Richardson, Hugo

The GENE WYATT AWARD (“in recognition of a film that best embodies the spirit of the South”) The Help

Runner-up: Undefeated

The Descendants photo: Merie Wallace / Fox Searchlight

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1 Comment to 'Holy Motors' & Meryl Streep In: More Film Critics Nominations

  1. BOO

    I like these. I really want to see Holy Motors, Amour, and Zero Dark Thirty.