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'The Artist' & Bérénice Bejo + Multiple Surprises: From Michael Shannon to Brit Marling

The Artist with Bérénice Bejo Malcolm McDowell as W.C. Fields clone: Surprising Best Supporting ActressThe Artist with Bérénice Bejo and Malcolm McDowell. Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Michel Hazanavicius' homage to Hollywood's silent era, The Artist, are the clear Best Film favorites this awards season. The Artist's leading lady Bérénice Bejo, however, hasn't been receiving that much recognition from U.S. film critics groups; the St. Louis Film Critics Association, which voted her the year's Best Supporting Actress, has been an exception. In the image above, Bejo (who happens to be Hazanavicius' wife) is seen with veteran Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, O Lucky Man!) made up to look like a W.C. Fields clone. Also in The Artist: Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle, and the dog Uggie.

Awards season winners: 'The Artist' & numerous unusual picks

A favorite this awards season, Michel Hazanavicius' silent, black-and-white comedy-drama The Artist is the top “Best Film of 2011” pick among the North American film critics groups listed in this post. (See further below.)

Starring Jean Dujardin and the St. Louis Film Critics Association's Best Supporting Actress winner Bérénice Bejo, the French-Belgian co-production is a sort of A Star Is Born reboot, with one 1920s Hollywood star fading away (Dujardin) while the other (Bejo) shines ever brighter.

Most elsewhere in this post, however, the winners haven't been the expected ones.

Michael Shannon & varied Best Supporting Actress choices

For instance, Michael Shannon got singled out several times as the year's Best Actor for his performance as a man expecting (quite literally) the worst – the apocalypse – in Jeff Nichols' small indie Take Shelter.

Besides, the Best of 2011 lists below seem to indicate that the Best Supporting Actress race remains wide open, when in fact Octavia Spencer (for The Help) and Jessica Chastain (for a variety of movies, including The Help) are the clear favorites.

The San Diego Film Critics strike again

And let's not forget the following unique choices, courtesy of the iconoclastic San Diego Film Critics Society:

  • Best Actress Brit Marling for Mike Cahill's little-seen, futuristic psychological drama Another Earth.
  • Best Foreign Language Film Le Quattro Volte (lit. “The Four Times”), a nearly dialogue-free look at life in the southern Italian municipality of Caulonia. Written and directed by Michelangelo Frammartino, Le Quattro Volte features Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano, Artemio Vellone, and lots of farm animals.
  • Best Ensemble Cast for David Yates' adventure fantasy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, and a number of other big-name British performers.

See below the list of 2011 winners and runners-up/nominees of the San Diego Film Critics Society, the Toronto Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online, the St. Louis Film Critics Association, the Detroit Film Critics Society, the African American Film Critics Association, and the American Film Institute's Top Ten films and television shows.

San Diego Film Critics Society winners

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 & 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 & Jim Rash, The Descendants.
Hossein Amini, Drive.
John Logan, Hugo.
Steve Kloves, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
* Steve Zaillian & 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 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 Score
Alexandre Desplat, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
* Alexandre Desplat, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Alexandre Desplat, The Tree of Life.
Howard Shore, Hugo.
Ludovic Bource, The Artist.

Best Animated Film
* Arthur Christmas.
Happy Feet Two.
Kung Fu Panda 2.
Rango.
Winnie the Pooh.

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.

Body of Work
Jessica Chastain for The Debt, Take Shelter, Coriolanus, The Tree of Life, The Help, Texas Killing Fields.

Kyle Counts Award
Lee Ann Kim.

 

Toronto Film Critics Association winners

Best Picture: The Tree of Life.

Runners-up: The ArtistThe Descendants.

Best Foreign Language Film: Mysteries of Lisbon.

Runners-up: AttenbergLe HavreA Separation.

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn.

Runners-up: Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May MarleneMeryl StreepThe Iron Lady.

Best Actor: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter.

Runners-up: George Clooney, The Descendants. Michael Fassbender, Shame.

Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter.

Runners-up: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life. Shailene Woodley, The Descendants.

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners.

Runners-up: Albert Brooks, Drive. Patton Oswalt, Young Adult.

Best Director: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life.

Runners-up: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist. Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive.

Best Screenplay: Moneyball, Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin; story by Stan Chervin, based on the book by Michael Lewis.

Runners-up: The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick.

Allan King Documentary Award: Nostalgia for the Light.

Runners-up: Into the AbyssProject Nim.

Best Animated Feature: The Adventures of Tintin.

Runners-up: Puss in BootsRango.

Best First Feature: Attack the Block, dir.: Joe Cornish.

Runners-up: Margin Call, dir.: J.C. Chandor. Martha Marcy May Marlene, dir.:  Sean Durkin.

Rogers Canadian Film Award Finalists:
* Café de Flore, dir.: Jean-Marc Vallée.
A Dangerous Method, dir.: David Cronenberg.
Monsieur Lazhar, dir.: Philippe Falardeau.

 

New York Film Critics Online winners

Best Film: The Artist.

Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation, dir.: Asghar Farhadi.

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist.

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady.

Runner-up: Viola Davis, The Help.

Best Actor: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter.

Runners-up: Michael Fassbender, Shame. Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive.

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids.

Best Ensemble: Bridesmaids.

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants.

Best Documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, dir.: Werner Herzog.

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life.

Best Music: Ludovic Bource, The Artist.

Best Animated Feature: The Adventures of Tintin.

Best Debut Director: Joe Cornish, Attack the Block.

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

 

St. Louis Film Critics Association: Winners & nominations

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, The Artist.
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life.
Alexander Payne, The Descendants.
David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive.

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

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

Best Supporting Actor
John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene.
* Albert Brooks, Drive.
John Goodman, The Artist.
Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Jonah Hill, Moneyball.

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett For Hanna.
Octavia Spencer, The Help.
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants.
* Bérénice Bejo, The Artist.
Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life.

Best Original Screenplay
* Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist.
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life.
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris.
Seth Lochhead & David Farr, Hanna.
Will Reiser, 50/50.
Thomas McCarthy & Joe Tiboni, Win Win.

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

Best Cinematography
Newton Thomas Sigel, Drive.
* Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life.
Guillaume Schiffman, The Artist.
Janusz Kaminski, War Horse.
Jeff Cronenweth, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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

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.
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: The First Avenger.

Best Artistic/Creative Film (for excellence in art-house cinema)
* 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.

 

Detroit Film Critics Society: Winners & nominations

Best Picture
* The Artist.
The Descendants.
Hugo.
Take Shelter.
The Tree of Life.

Best Director
* Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist.
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life.
Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter.
Martin Scorsese, Hugo.
Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive.

Best Actor
George Clooney, The Descendants.
Jean Dujardin, The Artist.
* Michael Fassbender, Shame.
Brad Pitt, Moneyball.
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter.

Best Actress
Viola Davis, The Help.
Felicity Jones, Like Crazy.
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady.
Charlize Theron, Young Adult.
* Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn.

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist.
Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter.
* Carey Mulligan, Shame.
Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus.
Octavia Spencer, The Help.

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn.
Albert Brooks, Drive.
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love.
Patton Oswalt, Young Adult.
* Christopher Plummer, Beginners.

Best Ensemble
* Carnage.
Cedar Rapids.
Crazy Stupid Love.
The Help.
Margin Call.
Win Win.

Best Screenplay
50/50, Will Reiser.
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius.
Beginners, Mike Mills.
* Moneyball, Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian.
Take Shelter, Jeff Nichols.

Best Documentary
Into Eternity.
Into the Abyss.
Marwencol.
* Tabloid.
We Were Here.

Breakthrough Performance
* Jessica Chastain, The Help, Take Shelter, The Tree of Life.
Felicity Jones, Like Crazy.
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids.
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants.

 

American Film Institute Awards

    Top Ten U.S. Films

  • Bridesmaids.
    Dir.: Paul Feig.
    Cast: Kristen Wiig. Maya Rudolph. Rose Byrne. Melissa McCarthy. Jill Clayburgh.
  • The Descendants.
    Dir.: Alexander Payne.
    Cast: George Clooney. Shailene Woodley. Judy Greer.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
    Dir.: David Fincher.
    Cast: Daniel Craig. Rooney Mara.
  • The Help.
    Dir.: Tate Taylor.
    Cast: Emma Stone. Bryce Dallas Howard. Viola Davis. Mary Steenburgen. Mike Vogel. Chris Lowell. Jessica Chastain. Allison Janney. Octavia Spencer. Sissy Spacek. Cicely Tyson. Ahna O'Reilly.
  • Hugo.
    Dir.: Martin Scorsese.
    Cast: Asa Butterfield. Chloë Grace Moretz. Ben Kingsley. Sacha Baron Cohen. Jude Law.
  • J. Edgar.
    Dir.: Bennett Miller.
    Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio. Armie Hammer. Judi Dench. Naomi Watts.
  • Midnight in Paris.
    Dir.: Woody Allen.
    Cast: Owen Wilson. Rachel McAdams. Marion Cotillard.
  • Moneyball.
    Dir.: Bennett Miller.
    Cast: Brad Pitt. Jonah Hill. Robin Wright.
  • The Tree of Life.
    Dir.: Terrence Malick.
    Cast: Brad Pitt. Sean Penn. Jessica Chastain.
  • War Horse.
    Dir.: Steven Spielberg.
    Cast: Jeremy Irvine. Emily Watson.

Special Awards

The Artist (French-Belgian co-production).
Dir.: Michel Hazanavicius.
Cast: Jean Dujardin. Bérénice Bejo. Penelope Ann Miller. John Goodman. Missi Pyle. Malcolm McDowell. Uggie.

The Harry Potter series.
The final Harry Potter movie, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, became the biggest blockbuster of 2011. Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint star.

    Top Ten U.S. TV Shows

  • Breaking Bad.
  • Boardwalk Empire.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • Game of Thrones.
  • The Good Wife.
  • Homeland.
  • Justified.
  • Louie.
  • Modern Family.
  • Parks and Recreation.

 

African American Film Critics Association winners

Best Picture: The Tree of Life.

Top Ten Movies
Drive.
Pariah.
Rampart.
Shame.
Moneyball.
The Descendants.
A Better Life.
My Week with Marilyn.
The Help.

Best Foreign Language Film: Kinyarwanda, dir.: Alrick Brown.

Best Director: Steve McQueen, Shame.

Best Actor: Woody Harrelson, Rampart.

Best Actress: Viola Davis, The Help.

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive.

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help.

Best Documentary: The Black Power Mixtape.

Best Screenplay: Ava DuVernay, I Will Follow.

Best Song: “The Show,” Jason Reeves & Lenka Kripac, from Moneyball.

Best Independent Film: Pariah.

Breakout Performance: Adepero Oduye, Pariah.

Cinema Vanguard Award: George Lucas.

AAFCA Legacy Award: Richard Roundtree.

AAFCA Horizon: Hattie Winston.

Institution Award: Sony Pictures Entertainment.

 

Toronto Film Critics Association website.

Detroit Film Critics Society website.

Malcolm McDowell and Bérénice Bejo The Artist image: The Weinstein Company.


         
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