Houston critics honor 'The Descendants,' Toronto prefers 'Tree of Life'

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The Toronto Film Critics Association and the Houston Film Critics Society unveiled their choices for the year’s best films — and didn’t agree on anything. The Toronto critics honored Terrence Malick for Best Director and his The Tree of Life won Best Picture. Michael Shannon (Take Shelter) won Best Actor, Michelle Williams was named Best Actress (My Week With Marilyn), and Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter) were honored for their supporting turns.

The Houston critics preferred Alexander Payne’s The Descendants for Best Picture. Drive‘s auteur Nicholas Winding Refn topped Payne, though, for Best Director. Michael Fassbender (Shame) won Best Actor, Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) was named Best Actress, and Albert Brooks (Drive) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) won in the supporting categories.

For a complete list of winners, click below:

The full list of Toronto Film Critics Association Awards winners and runners-up:

BEST PICTURE: The Tree of Life
Runners-up: The Artist, The Descendant

BEST ACTOR: Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)
Runners-up: George Clooney (The Descendants), Michael Fassbender (Shame)

BEST ACTRESS: Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
Runners-up: Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Runners-up: Albert Brooks (Drive), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter)
Runners-up: Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

BEST DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
Runners-up: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)

BEST SCREENPLAY: Moneyball, written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, story by Stan Chervin, based on the book by Michael Lewis
Runners-up: The Descendants, written by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings; The Tree of Life, written by Terrence Malick

BEST FIRST FEATURE: Attack the Block, directed by Joe Cornish
Runners-up: Margin Call, directed by J.C. Chandor; Martha Marcy May Marlene, directed by Sean Durkin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: The Adventures of Tintin
Runners-up: Puss in Boots, Rango

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: Mysteries of Lisbon
Runners-up: Attenberg, Le Havre, A Separation

ALLAN KING DOCUMENTARY AWARD: Nostalgia for the Light
Runners-up: Into the Abyss, Project Nim

The Houston Film Critics Society complete list of 2011 winners:

Best Picture  — The Descendants
Best Director  —  Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive)
Best Actor  —  Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Best Actress  —  Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Best Supporting Actor  —  Albert Brooks (Drive)
Best Supporting Actress  —  Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Best Screenplay  —  Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (The Descendants)
Best Animated Film  —  Rango
Best Cinematography  —  Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)
Best Documentary  —  Project Nim  
Best Foreign Film  —  I Saw the Devil
Best Original Score  —  Ludovic Bource (The Artist)
Best Original Song  — “Life’s A Happy Song” from The Muppets, music & lyrics by Bret McKenzie
Technical AchievementRise of the Planet of the Apes
Worst Film of the YearYour Highness
Humanitarian of the Year Award — Joanne King Herring
Lifetime Achievement Award  — Jeff Bridges
Outstanding Achievement — Hunter Todd
Outstanding Achievement — Mary Lampe

Read more:
‘The Artist’ and ‘Hugo’ lead Broadcast Film Critics nominations
L.A. film critics pick ‘The Descendants’ for top award
‘The Artist,’ Brad Pitt, Michelle Williams tops with Boston film critics

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