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Meryl Streep, Janet McTeer: More Critics Awards Winners

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

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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