The New York Film Critics Online have followed in the footsteps of the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Film Critics Association by naming The Artist Best Picture of 20ll. Bridesmaids, however, was clearly a favorite, honoring the entire cast as best ensemble, plus Melissa McCarthy for best supporting actress.
Here are the major honorees:
NEW YORK FILM CRITICS ONLINE LIST:
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
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Meanwhile, The American Film Institute's top 10 included The Descendants, starring George Clooney; Martin Scorsese’s Hugo; Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris; Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, opening Christmas Day - be sure to take plenty of Kleenex; J.Edger, starring Leonardo DiCaprio; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, first English version of Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series trilogy; The Help, life in a 1950's Mississippi small town; Moneyball, the baseball movie that may win Brad Pitt the Oscar, and The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick's poetic look at family life back when. The AFI awards pretty much cover most of the top Oscar contenders. AFI Official Site.
On the record, I have seen the Swedish movie version of The Girl With the Golden Tattoo. I am anxious to compare it with the English version. I will say, I found the Swedish version course, brutal and often viscous. The original Swedish title means, "Men who Hate Women." Definitely not for the faint of heart.