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Wednesday
Dec142011

Critics Prizes Dotting The Map

You may have noticed that The Film Experience never publishes the lists of nominees from small critics organizations. The winners we like to cover, yes. But nominees? This is, in my opinion, the last thing the already crowded landscape of movie awards needs is for each tiny critics organization to attempt to share not just their advocacy for Best of the Best but all the other ones they liked too. If winners announcements are good enough for the three most prestigious societies (NYFCC, LAFCA and NSFC) they should be good enough for the smaller groups. It all becomes too much noise. The multiple daily announcements actually bring one of We Need To Talk About Kevin's best scenes to mind. Tilda's weary mom stops near a construction site to allow a jackhammer to drown out the endless crying of her demon baby. Hilariously wrong but you feel for her. 

But now that we have some winners, here we go! 

San Diego Film Critics Society

Film The Artist
Director Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Actress Brit Marling, Another Earth
Actor Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Supporting Actress Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Supporting Actor Nick Nolte, Warrior
Ensemble Performance Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Animated Film Arthur Christmas
Documentary Project Nim
Foreign Film I Svil
Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Editing Oliver Bugge Coutté, Beginners
Production Design Dante Ferretti, Hugo
Original Screenplay Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen
Adapted Screenplay Moneyball by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Score Alexandre Desplat, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Body of Work Jessica Chastain
Kyle Counts Award Lee Ann Kim, San Diego Asian Film Foundation

Houston, Toronto, Indiana, and the African American Film Critics Association after the jump with more cities to come...

Houston Film Critics Society

Film The Descendants
Director Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Actress Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin
Actor Michael Fassbender, Shame
Supporting Actress Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive
Animated Film Rango
Documentary Project Nim
Foreign Film I Saw the Devil
Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Screenplay The Descendants by Alexander Payne, Nat Foxon and Jim Rash
Score Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Song "Life's a Happy Song" by Bret Mckenzie for The Muppets
Worst Film of the Year Your Highness

Toronto Film Critics Association

Film The Tree of Life (ru: The Artist, The Descendants)
Director Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life (ru: Hazanavicius, Refn)
Actress Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn (ru: Olsen, Streep)
Actor Michael Shannon, Take Shelter (ru: Clooney, Fassy)
Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter (ru: Chastain for Tree of Life, and Woodley for The Descendants)
Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer, Beginners (ru: Brooks, Oswalt)
Animated Film The Adventures of Tintin (ru: Puss in Boots, Rango)
Documentary Nostalgia for the Light (ru: Into the Abyss, Project Nim)
Foreign Film Mysteries of Lisbon (ru: Attenberg, Le Havre, A Separation)
Screenplay Moneyball (ru: The Descendants, The Tree of Life)
First Feature Attack the Block (ru: Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene)
Rogers Canadian Film Award Finalists "Cafe de Fore (Jean Marc Vallée), A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg) and Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau)

Indiana Film Journalists Association

Film The Artist (ru: The Descendants)
Director Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist (ru: Terrence Malick)
Actress Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene (ru: Tilda Swinton)
Actor Paul Giamatti, Win Win (ru: Ralph Fiennes for Coriolanus)
Supporting Actress Viola Davis, The Help (ru: Amy Ryan for Win Win)
Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer, Beginners (ru: Albert Brooks)
Animated Film Rango (ru: Winnie the Pooh)
Documentary Project Nim (ru: Into the Abyss)
Original Screenplay Win Win (ru: Margin Call) 
Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (ru: Moneyball) 
Musical Score Ludovic Bource, The Artist (ru: Howard Shore for Hugo)
Original Vision Award The Tree of Life (ru: The Artist)
The Hoosier Award Lindsay Goffman, producer of Dumbstruck 

African American Film Critics Association

Film  The Tree of Life (rest of top ten: Drive, Pariah, Rampart, Shame, Moneyball, The Descendants, A Better Life, My Week With Marilyn, and The Help)
Director Steve McQueen, Shame
Actress Viola Davis, The Help
Actor Woody Harrelson, Rampart
Supporting Actress Octavia Spender, The Help
Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive
Breakout Performance Adepero Oduye, Pariah
Documentary The Black Power Mixtape
Screenplay I Will Follow
Foreign Film Kinyarwanda
Best Song "The Show" from Moneyball
Independent Film Pariah
Legacy Award Richard Roundtree
Horizon Award Hattie Winston
Cinema Vanguard George Lucas
Special Achievement Sony Pictures Classics

It's exciting to have a year with so few sweepers in any category (beyond The Tree of Life's strangehold on cinematography and Hugo's on art direction), don't you think?

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Reader Comments (17)

Who on Earth would have thought Hollywood could nominate Tilda two times ? But that's what's going to happen. And I couldn't love it more. Fantastic. A bit bitter cause she was overlooked for I Am Love, but it's ok. If the Academy let's her in now, I'll be pleased

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPablo (BOG)

Omg Brit Marling won an award?! My award season is complete. I have gotten all I wanted. But, let's nominate Another Earth for at least one screenplay award too...k?

(Cinematography? Just a suggestion.)

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJake D

Interesting that the first Best Actor win for Woody Harrelson (at least that I'm aware of) came from the African American Film Critics Association, considering that he plays a racist character.

Also, I try not to attach too much Oscar meaning to critics awards just because there's often a lot of disconnect, but I'm beginning to wonder if we could see Fassbender and Shannon get the 4th and 5th slots for Best Actor, with both DiCaprio and Oldman left out.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn-Paul

Nate, I'm waiting for you to write up about the short film contenders released by the Academy today -----Only one film on your predicts made the cut !

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLola

Lola -- i was meeting Madonna today -- lol -- so everything else had to wait ;)

December 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I probably should be focusing on other winners, but what surprised me here the most was the AAFCA decision to award The Show as Best Song. Don't get me wrong; I love the song, I love Lenka (the writer/performer although I don't think it was her version they ended up using) but it's a four-year-old song, that (obviously) wasn't written for the movie, and barely appears (in the end credits, no less). Pretty odd, if you ask me.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohnn

Johnn -- actually the song gets showcased twice in the movie... but i hear you. Maybe they should have called it Best Use of A Song in a Movie ???

December 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I am so sad for the lack of recognition of Kirsten Dunst :( the most amazing young actress always so snubbed.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Jeff....yes. :(

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

You're so right about how unnecessary are the nominations from this tiny groups...

MADONNA! OMG! Are you still breathing?

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I've heard a lot of sites saying that it's a year without a sweeper, but I think we can all pretty much agree that "The Artist" is going to win, right?

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Jack

I'd say "The Artist" is fairly sweeping thus far. No, it's not "The Social Network", but has won at least six best picture prizes, compared to two for "The Descendants" and one each for "Hugo" and "The Tree of Life", that I am aware of...

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrood

I love that there doesn't seem to be the consensus that we've come to see in previous years. It makes the race so exciting because it appears that anyone could possibly win in almost every category. This is how it should always be. No two people think exactly alike about everything.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Wait. ...Marilyn isn't a comedy? I feel so sorry for the audience who saw the film with me then. It's one of those in-between films that defies categorization.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

robert g -- i'd agree. i think the first half is definitely a comedy. it gets more serious but there's a lot of goofing around in that movie.

December 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I'm proud to be a Torontonian and Canadian. I don't know when I'm gonna meet those big boy critics again but I'll thank them for putting The Tree of Life as best film, wading in the same waters as The Artist.

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