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'The Descendants,' Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain win L.A. film critics awards

It’s been a busy day in Awards Season Land. Along with the AFI, Boston film critics, and New York online critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced its 2011 awards on Sunday. As is often the case with this group, it’s a somewhat eclectic mix with one or two left-field choices: The Descendants won best picture, its first major award this season. The Tree of Life‘s Terrence Malick won best director (and the film itself was runner-up for the LAFCA’s top prize). Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain won best actor and best supporting actress, respectively, but for all of their films released in 2011 — including, in Fassbender’s case, X-Men: First Class. And Yun Jung-hee was a surprise winner for Best Actress for Poetry, the South Korean cinema veteran’s first feature film since 1994.

Check out the full list of winners below: READ FULL STORY

New York Online critics anoint 'The Artist'

The New York Film Critics Online has followed in the footsteps of the New York Film Critics Circle and Boston Film Critics Association and named The Artist Best Picture. Here are all their honorees:

Best Picture The Artist
Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Actor Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Best Actress Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady READ FULL STORY

'The Artist,' Brad Pitt, Michelle Williams tops with Boston film critics


In a busy day that saw the AFI, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the New York Online critics announce their year end awards, the Boston Society of Film Critics chose the silent black-and-white charmer The Artist as its top film for 2011. Brad Pitt picked up best actor for Moneyball, Michelle Williams won best actress for My Week with Marilyn, and Martin Scorsese took home best director for Hugo. Check out the full list of winners below:  READ FULL STORY

AFI Top 10: 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Bridesmaids' in; 'Extremely Loud' out

The American Film Institute has announced its annual list of the 10 best U.S. releases, which last year predicted nine of the eventual 10 Best Picture nominees. On the list this time are nine expected contenders: The Descendants, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, J. Edgar, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. But the AFI also included one very interesting dark horse: Bridesmaids. Missing from the top 10: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Beginners, Drive, The Ides of March, and Young Adult. UPDATE: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was eligible but the AFI committee decided to give the entire Potter series a special award instead.  READ FULL STORY

'Kung Fu Panda 2,' 'Puss in Boots,' 'Rango' lead Annie award nominations

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 picked up 12 nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards — announced today by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood — including Best Animated Feature and Best Director. DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots and Paramount’s Rango won nine nods, and Pixar’s Cars 2 earned seven. Steven Spielberg’s motion-capture The Adventures of Tintin won five nods, including Best Feature; the last animated film built from performances by live actors to earn a nod for the top prize at the Annies was 2006’s Monster House.

Curiously, Cars 2 did not earn nominations for director John Lasseter, the film’s screenplay, or any of its voice talent. Last year, Disney and Pixar boycotted the Annies over a dispute concerning its voting practices (although Disney and Pixar films were still eligible for nominations), but both companies rejoined the awards this year.

Winners will be announced on Feb. 4, 2012, at a ceremony held at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Check out a list of the top nominees below:  READ FULL STORY

'Melancholia' wins top prize at European Film Awards

Lars von Trier’s end-of-the-world opus Melancholia dominated the 2011 European Film Awards, taking home three prizes, including Best Film. The controversial von Trier lost the Best Director prize to protégé Susanne Bier for In a Better World, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film last February.

Speaking of the last Oscars, Best Picture winner The King’s Speech still isn’t finished taking home prizes: Colin Firth won best actor, and Tariq Anwar took home best editing for the perpetual awards circuit darling. Tilda Swinton, meanwhile, won best actress for We Need to Talk About Kevin. Check out the major winners below:  READ FULL STORY

'Hugo' wins National Board of Review

Martin Scorsese’s 3D family film Hugo has won the National Board of Review’s prize for Best Film of 2011. The Thanksgiving-weekend release also won the Best Director award, while The Descendants also picked up multiple citations, for Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley), and Best Adapted Screenplay. Missing from the largely predictable NBR top 10: The Help (which won an ensemble prize instead), Midnight in Paris, and Moneyball, as well as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which didn’t screen in time. Meanwhile, Tilda Swinton’s victory for Best Actress for We Need to Talk About Kevin is a big help to her chances, although last year’s winner, Another Year‘s Lesley Manville, failed to make the Academy’s cut. Check out the full list of winners below.

Best Film Hugo

Top 10 Films
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Ides of March 
J. Edgar
The Tree of Life
War Horse 

Best Actor George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actress Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress Shailene Woodley, The Descendants 

Best Director Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Original Screenplay Will Reiser, 50/50

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

Breakthrough Performance Felicity Jones, Like Crazy and Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Best Foreign Film A Separation

Top 5 Foreign Films
13 Assassins
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Le Havre
Point Blank 

Best Documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Top 5 Documentaries
Born to Be Wild
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim

Best Animated Feature Rango

Best Ensemble Cast The Help

Best Debut Director J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

Spotlight Award Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class

NBR Freedom of Expression Crime After Crime and Pariah

Special Achievement in Filmmaking The Harry Potter franchise

Top 10 Independent Films
Another Earth
A Better Life
Cedar Rapids
Margin Call
Take Shelter
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Win Win 

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New York Film Critics Circle announces winners

After scoring the most nominations from the Spirit Awards, the acclaimed black-and-white silent film The Artist has now picked up top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, winning prizes for Best Picture and Best Director. Sure-thing Oscar nominees Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep won the lead acting awards. Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Picture The Artist
Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Best Screenplay Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Foreign Language Film A Separation
Best Actor Brad Pitt, Moneyball & The Tree of Life
Best Actress Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive
Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help, and Take Shelter
Best First Feature Margin Call
Best Non-Fiction Film Cave of Forgotten Dreams

'Beginners,' 'Tree of Life' tie for top prize at Gotham Awards

The first salvo in the awards season was fired this evening, with Beginners and The Tree of Life tying for Best Feature at the 21st annual Gotham Independent Awards. Like Crazy‘s Felicity Jones took home the prize for Breakthrough Actor, the cast of Beginners (including Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Mélanie Laurent) earned best Ensemble Performance, and Pariah helmer Dee Rees won Breakthrough Director. Fox chief Tom Rothman, director David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method), and actors Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Charlize Theron (Young Adult) also received career tributes. Check out the full list of winners below: READ FULL STORY

'The Descendants,' 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' lead Gotham Award nominations

Two film-festival favorites — George Clooney’s The Descendants and Elizabeth Olsen’s Martha Marcy May Marlene — led the Gotham Award nominations with three mentions each, followed by the Ewan McGregor love story Beginners and the Michael Shannon/Jessica Chastain drama Take Shelter with two. The Gotham Awards, which honor films produced outside the major studio system, were the first to recognize eventual Oscar nominees like The Hurt Locker and Winter’s Bone. Nominees were chosen by small groups of film critics, festival programmers, and journalists. (Full disclosure: I was on the nominating committee for the Best Ensemble Performance and Breakthrough Actor catgories, while my EW colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum helped select the Best Feature and Breakthrough Director nominees.) The full list of nominees is after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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