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Meryl Streep & Michael Shannon: More Critics Awards

Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Bridesmaids
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Bridesmaids

The American Film Institute has announced its list of top ten American films of 2011. They are, in alphabetical order: Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, with Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph; Alexander Payne's The Descendants, with George Clooney; David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara; Tate Taylor's The Help, with Emma Stone and Viola Davis; and Martin Scorsese's Hugo, with Asa Butterfield and Ben Kingsley.

Also: Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, and Naomi Watts; Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard; Bennett Miller's Moneyball, with Brad Pitt; Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, with Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain; and Steven Spielberg's War Horse, with Jeremy Irvine and Emily Watson.

As per the AFI, those movies were chosen because they are “works which best advance the art of the moving image; enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form; inspire audiences and artists alike; and/or make a mark on American society.” Considering most of the reviews and audience response, it's unclear where, say, Eastwood's J. Edgar fits in. Or several of the other selections as well. And note that the AFI jury (see partial list below) has all but ignored movies not distributed by the major studios. It's in fact surprising that Malick's The Tree of Life managed to sneak in; its slot had probably been reserved for Rango or Rio or Fast Five or The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 or The Hangover Part II.

Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, I should add, is mostly a Spanish production. But if Michel Hazanavicius' French-made The Artist can be nominated for the US-focused Spirit Awards, why can't Midnight in Paris be selected as one of the AFI's best American films? (Admittedly, the Paris-set Allen movie does have “significant creative and/or production elements from the United States,” as stipulated by the AFI's eligibility rules.)

Speaking of The Artist, which stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, it was named an AFI Special Award recipient along with the Harry Potter series. The last Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, is the biggest blockbuster of 2011. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Ralph Fiennes star.

The 2011 AFI film jury responsible for the above selections included the likes of AFI Chair Tom Pollock, author Jeanine Basinger, actress Whoopi Goldberg, Entertainment Weekly's Mark Harris, film reviewer Leonard Maltin, Brokeback Mountain co-screenwriter/producer Diana Ossana, USA Today's film critic Claudia Puig, and Rolling Stone reviewer Peter Travers.

In the television category, the AFI's Top Ten American TV shows were Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Homeland, Justified, Louie, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation.

Bridesmaids photo: Universal Pictures

San Diego Film Critics winners

Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

BEST FILM
DRIVE
HUGO
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
THE ARTIST
THE TREE OF LIFE

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN
HAPPY HAPPY
LE QUATTRO VOLTE
OF GODS AND MEN
THE DOUBLE HOUR

BEST DIRECTOR
Martin Scorsese, HUGO
Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Nicolas Winding Refn, DRIVE
Terrence Malick, THE TREE OF LIFE
Woody Allen, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

BEST ACTRESS
Brit Marling, ANOTHER EARTH
Elizabeth Olsen, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
Michelle Williams, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Tilda Swinton, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Viola Davis, THE HELP

BEST ACTOR
Brad Pitt, MONEYBALL
Brendan Gleeson, THE GUARD
George Clooney, THE DESCENDANTS
Jean Dujardin, THE ARTIST
Michael Shannon, TAKE SHELTER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo, THE ARTIST
Carey Mulligan, SHAME
Jessica Chastain, THE HELP
Mélanie Laurent, BEGINNERS
Shailene Woodley, THE DESCENDANTS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Albert Brooks, DRIVE
Andy Serkis, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Christopher Plummer, BEGINNERS
Max von Sydow, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
Nick Nolte, WARRIOR

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
CARNAGE
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2
MARGIN CALL
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
THE HELP

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Mike Mills, BEGINNERS
Thomas McCarthy, WIN WIN
Will Reiser, 50/50
Woody Allen, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, THE DESCENDANTS
Hossein Amini, DRIVE
John Logan, HUGO
Steve Kloves, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2
Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, MONEYBALL

BEST DOCUMENTARY
BUCK
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS
INTO THE ABYSS
PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES
PROJECT NIM

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Adam Stone, TAKE SHELTER
Emmanuel Lubezki, THE TREE OF LIFE
Guillaume Schiffman, THE ARTIST
Newton Thomas Sigel, DRIVE
Robert Richardson, HUGO

BEST ANIMATED FILM
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS
HAPPY FEET TWO
KUNG FU PANDA 2
RANGO
WINNIE THE POOH

BEST EDITING
Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, & Mark Yoshikawa, THE TREE OF LIFE
Mat Newman, DRIVE
Oliver Bugge Coutté, BEGINNERS
Thelma Schoonmaker, HUGO

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Anne Seibel, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Dante Ferretti, HUGO
Jack Fisk, THE TREE OF LIFE
Laurence Bennett, THE ARTIST
Stuart Craig, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2

BEST SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
Alexandre Desplat, HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2
Alexandre Desplat, THE TREE OF LIFE
Howard Shore, HUGO
Ludovic Bource, THE ARTIST

Midnight in Paris photo: Roger Arpajou / Sony Pictures Classics

St. Louis Film Critics awards

Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life
Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life

Best Film
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
My Week with Marilyn
The Tree of Life

Best Foreign Language Film
13 Assassins
Point Blank
I Saw The Devil
Trollhunter
Winter in Wartime

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne for The Descendants
David Fincher for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive

Best Actor
Ryan Gosling for Drive
George Clooney for The Descendants
Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Michael Fassbender for Shame
Brad Pitt for Moneyball

Best Actress
Saoirse Ronan for Hanna
Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
Rooney Mara for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis for The Help

Best Supporting Actor
John Hawkes for Martha Marcy May Marlene
Albert Brooks for Drive
John Goodman for The Artist
Alan Rickman for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Jonah Hill for Moneyball

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett for Hanna
Octavia Spencer for The Help
Shailene Woodley for The Descendants
Bérénice Bejo for The Artist
Jessica Chastain for The Tree Of Life

Best Original Screenplay
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Terrence Malick for The Tree Of Life
Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris
Seth Lochhead and David Farr for Hanna
Will Reiser for 50/50
Thomas McCarthy and Joe Tiboni for Win Win

Best Adapted Screenplay
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin and Michael Lewis (book) for Moneyball
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Kaui Hart Hemmings (novel) for The Descendants
Tate Taylor and Kathryn Stockett (novel) for The Help
Hossein Amini and James Sallis (book) for Drive
Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller and Jim Henson (characters) for The Muppets

Best Cinematography
Newton Thomas Sigel for Drive
Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree Of Life
Guillaume Schiffman for The Artist
Janusz Kaminski for War Horse
Jeff Cronenweth for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Best Music
The Artist
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Muppets
Tree of Life

Best Documentary
Being Elmo
The Interrupters
Tabloid
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Buck

Best Animated Film
Rango
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Adventures of Tin Tin
Puss In Boots
Rio

Best Visual Effects
The Tree Of Life
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Super 8
Captain America

Best Art-House or Festival Film
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Win Win
Beginners
Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Best Comedy
The Muppets
Midnight In Paris
Bridesmaids
Rango
Paul
Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best Scene
Drive: the elevator beating scene
Drive: opening get-away scene
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: opening credits
The Artist: dance scene finale
Melancholia: the last scene
Hanna: Hanna's escape from captivity sequence

The Tree of Life picture: Merie Wallace / 20th Century Fox

New York Film Critics Online awards

Best Film: The Artist

Best Foreign Film: Asghar Farhadi's A Separation

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius? for The Artist

Best Actress: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady

Runner-Up: Viola Davis for The Help

Best Actor: Michael Shannon for Take Shelter

Runners-Up: Michael Fassbender for Shame and Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids?

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks for Drive?

Breakthrough Performer: Jessica Chastain for The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields and Coriolanus?

Best Ensemble: Bridesmaids

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for The Descendants??

Best Documentary: Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Best Animated Feature: Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life?

Best Music: Ludovic Bource for The Artist

Best Debut Director: Joe Cornish for Attack the Block

The Artist pic: The Weinstein Company

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