'Tree of Life,' 'Bridesmaids,' Brad Pitt all make showings in 2011 film critics' awards

brad-pitt-tree-of-life.jpgThe various critics' associations have started announcing their 2011 awards for movies. Sunday (Dec. 11), the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the American Film Institute all announced their picks.

"The Tree of Life" appears the most times for nominees (not counting runners-up, which the LA Film Critics name as well). Brad Pitt and "Moneyball" also make several appears, as does Melissa McCarthy and "Bridesmaids" and French silent film "The Artist."


Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Best Picture

The Descendants
(Runner-up: The Tree of Life)

Best Director
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
(Runner-up: Martin Scorsese, Hugo)

Best Actor

Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class
(Runner-up: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter)

Best Actress
Yun Jung-hee, Poetry
(Runner-up: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia)

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
(Runner-up: Patton Oswalt, Young Adult)

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, The Tree of Life
(Runner-up: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs)

Best Animated Film

Rango
(Runner-up: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn)

Best Documentary/Nonfiction Film
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
(Runner-up: The Arbor)

Best Screenplay
A Separation, Asghar Farhadi
(Runner-up: The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash)

Best Cinematography

The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki
(Runner-up: City of Life and Death, Cao Yu)

Best Production Design
Hugo, Dante Ferretti
(Runner-up: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Maria Djurkovic)

Best Music/Score
Hanna, The Chemical Brothers
(Runner-up: Drive, Cliff Martinez)

Best Independent/Experimental Film

Spark of Being


Boston Society of Film Critics

Best Picture

The Artist

Best Actor
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Screenplay
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, Moneyball

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

Best Documentary
Project Nim

Best Foreign-Language Film

Incendies

Best Animated Film
Rango

Best Film Editing

Christian Marclay, The Clock

Best New Filmmaker

Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Ensemble Cast
Carnage

Best Use of Music in a Film
Tie: Drive and The Artist


New York Film Critics Online

Best Picture

The Artist

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Actor
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

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

Best Ensemble Cast
Bridesmaids

Best Foreign Language Film
A Separation

Best Documentary
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Best Animated Film
The Adventures of Tintin

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

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezski, The Tree of Life

Best Use of Music

Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Best Debut Director
Joe Cornish, Attack the Block


The top 10 American Film Institute movies of 2011:

Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, Hugo, J. Edgar, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse.

Special awards went to the French silent film The Artist and the Harry Potter series of films.

Photo/Video credit: Cottonwood Pictures
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