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Satellite Awards: From Ryan Gosling to 'Mysteries of Lisbon'

Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Drive movie
Drive with Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston

The Descendants, Alexander Payne's Hawaiian-set family tale starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley, was the International Press Academy's Satellite Award winner for Best Film of 2011. Additionally, The Descendants earned Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. (See below the list of Satellite Awards 2011 winner and nominations.)

Other winners included Best Actor Ryan Gosling for Drive, which also won awards for Best Director Nicolas Winding Refn, Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, and Best Sound; Best Actress Viola Davis for Tate Taylor's The Help; and Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which also won the Best Original Screenplay Award for Malick. The Best Foreign Language Film was the recently deceased Raoul Ruiz's sprawling Mistérios de Lisboa / Mysteries of Lisbon, while Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was the Best Animated Feature.

As often happens with the funky Satellite Awards, there was a series of surprise winners. In addition to Refn, who has been usually bypassed for Best Director elsewhere (Hugo's Martin Scorsese and The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius have been the top choices), unusual victors included the Christian drama Soul Surfer for Best Score, John Michael McDonagh's comedy thriller The Guard for Best Editing, and Water for Elephants – a circus drama starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz – for Best Costume Design.

Television category winners included, in the Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie subcategories, Mildred Pierce as the best production, Kate Winslet as Best Actress for her portrayal of a waitress-turned-businesswoman, and Jason Isaacs as Best Actor for Case Histories. Among the other TV winners were Claire Danes for Homeland, the series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Justified, Martha Plimpton for Raising Hope, and Vanessa Williams for Desperate Housewives.

Note: Initially, this post stated that the International Press Academy was a splinter group from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. See IPA member Mirjana Van Blaricom's clarification below.

Ryan Gosling/Bryan Cranston/Drive picture: Richard Foreman / FilmDistrict

Beau Bridges, George Clooney, The Descendants movie
Beau Bridges, George Clooney in Alexander Payne's The Descendants

Best Film
The Artist
* The Descendants
Drive
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

Best Actor
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo diCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
* Ryan Gosling, Drive
Tom Hardy, Warrior
Woody Harrelson, Rampart
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress
Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
* Viola Davis, The Help
Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Emily Watson, Oranges and Sunshine
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Michelle Yeoh, The Lady

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
* Albert Brooks, Drive
Colin Farrell, Horrible Bosses
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Christoph Waltz, Carnage
Hugo Weaving, Oranges and Sunshine

Best Supporting Actress
* Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
Elle Fanning, Super 8
Lisa Feret, Mozart's Sister
Judy Greer, The Descendants
Rachel McAdams, Midnight in Paris
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Carey Mulligan, Shame
Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Director
Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
John Michael McDonagh, The Guard
Steve McQueen, Shame
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
* Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Steven Spielberg, War Horse
Tate Taylor, The Help

Best Foreign Film
Faust
The Kid with the Bike
Las Acadias
Le Havre
Miss Bala
Mozart's Sister
* Mysteries of Lisbon
A Separation
13 Assassins
The Turin Horse

Best Animated or Mixed Media Film
* The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Muppets
Puss In Boots
Rango
Rio

Best Documentary
American: The Bill Hicks Story
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Interrupters
My Perestroika
One Lucky Elephant
Pina
Project Nim
Tabloid
* Senna
Under Fire: Journalists in Combat

Best Original Screenplay
Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur
Rene Feret, Mozart's Sister
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
* Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
John Michael McDonagh, The Guard
Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan, Shame

Best Adapted Screenplay
Steven Moffat and Joe Cornish & Edgar Wright, The Adventures of Tintin
Glenn Close and John Banville, Albert Nobbs
* Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
Tate Taylor, The Help
Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, War Horse

Best Original Score
Michael Giacchino - Super 8
Cliff Martinez - Drive
Alexandre Desplat - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
John Williams - War Horse
James Newton Howard - Water For Elephants
* Marco Beltrami - Soul Surfer

Best Original Song
"Bridge of Light” (Happy Feet 2)
"Gathering Stories” (We Bought a Zoo)
"Hello Hello” (Gnomeo and Juliet)
* “Lay Your Head Down” (Albert Nobbs)
"Life is a Happy Song” (The Muppets)
"Man or Muppet” (The Muppets)

Best Cinematography
Bruno Delbonnel - Faust
* Janusz Kaminski - War Horse
Emmanuel Lubezki - The Tree of Life
Newton Thomas Sigel - Drive
Guillaume Schiffman - The Artist
Robert Richardson - Hugo

Best Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
* Hugo
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Film Editing
* The Guard
War Horse
Drive
The Descendants
Shame
Warrior

Best Sound
* Drive
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Super 8
The Tree of Life
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Art Direction
Anonymous
* The Artist
Faust
Hugo
Mysteries of Lisbon
Water for Elephants

Best Costume Design
Mysteries of Lisbon
The Artist
Anonymous
Faust
Jane Eyre
* Water for Elephants

Mary Pickford Award
For Outstanding Artistic Contribution to The Entertainment Industry
Mitzi Gaynor

Nikola Tesla Award
In Recognition Of Visionary Achievement In Filmmaking Technology
Douglas Trumbull

Auteur Award
Peter Bogdanovich

Humanitarian Award
Tim Hetherington (1970-2011)

Best Ensemble, Motion Picture
The Help

Best First Feature
Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur

The Descendants photo: Merie Wallace / Fox Searchlight

St. Louis Film Critics Winners

Takashi Miike 13 Assassins, Masachika Ichimura, Koji Yakusho
Masachika Ichimura, Koji Yakusho, 13 Assassins

The St. Louis Film Critics' choices have mostly matched those of other US-based critics' groups, including Michel Hazanavicius' French-made (but Hollywood-set) The Artist for Best Film, along with Hazanavicius for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay; Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash's The Descendants for Best Adapted Screenplay; and that film's George Clooney for Best Actor. Also: critics' fave Albert Brooks as Best Supporting Actor for Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive.

More unusual was the choice of Rooney Mara as Best Actress for her portrayal of Swedish hacker/crime fighter Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake. Or Constance Marks and Philip Shane's Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey for Best Documentary. Or even Bérénice Bejo as Best Supporting Actress for The Artist, as the likes of Jessica Chastain (The Help/The Tree of Life), Octavia Spencer (The Help), andMelissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) have been dominating this particular category. The St. Louis Critics' Best Foreign Language Film was Takashi Miike's actioner 13 Assassins.

13 Assassins photo: Magnet Releasing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie, Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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 Documentary
* Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
The Interrupters
Tabloid
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Buck

Best Animated Film
Rango
Kung Fu Panda 2
* The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Puss in Boots
Rio

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
The Tree of Life

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 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo photo: Baldur Bragason / Columbia TriStar

Florida Film Critics Winners

George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Alexander Payne's The Descendants, a dysfunctional family tale starring George Clooney, topped the Florida Film Critics' awards, winning Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley). Pedro Almodóvar's gender-bending drama The Skin I Live In, starring Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, was the Best Foreign Language Film, while Martin Scorsese was the Best Director for the period fantasy adventure Hugo.

Two Oscar favorites, Michelle Williams and Michael Fassbender, won, respectively, Best Actress for Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn and Best Actor for Steve McQueen's Shame. Williams' portrayal of Marilyn Monroe during the making of Laurence Olivier's The Prince and the Showgirl has been a critics' favorite this awards season.

Critics' fave Albert Brooks was the Best Supporting Actor for Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive, starring Ryan Gosling. The Best Original Screenplay Award went to another critical favorite, Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, a recreation of Hollywood's transition from silent to sound films. The black-and-white French production stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. See full list of the Florida Film Critics' winners below:

Best Picture: The Descendants

Best Foreign Language Film: The Skin I Live In

Best Dir.: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, Shame

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay The Artist

Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life

Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Animated Feature: The Adventures of Tintin

Best Documentary: Project Nim

The Descendants photo: Merie Wallace / Fox Searchlight


         
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  1. Steve,

    Thank you for your piece on the Satellite Awards for 2011. I would like to clarify that we are not a splinter group from HFPA. The only person who left that association was me, their former two-time president who was instrumental in signing their NBC deal for them. We are a larger, global association, which means domestic and foreign press. We hope in the future you can see this is an entirely new venture.

    Best Regards,

    Mirjana Van Blaricom