New York Film Critics Announce 2011 Winners
We are officially on Oscar watch, folks! As usual, this year’s awards season kicks off with some real surprises. First up is the black and white French film, The Artist, from writer and Best Director Michael Hazanavicius. Second, Brad Pitt is named Best Actor, a surprise to a lot of fans who were expecting Ryan Gosling to make a sweep this year for his on-screen performances.
The NYFCC awards are the first major critics pronouncements of the fall (E! Online). Highly respected New York based film reviewers comprise the 1935 established group. At the culmination of every calendar year, the NYFCC meet to decide on the best films of the previous calendar year. While winning the New York Critics Award is indeed a great honor, the critic’s choice does not necessarily guarantee an Oscar. Last year, the film critics chose The Social Network as the best picture of the year, but the film lost at the Oscars to The King’s Speech.
The full list of award recipients were announced via Twitter early Tuesday morning.
Here is the complete list of winners from the 2011 New York Film Critics Circle Awards (via E! Online):
• Film: The Artist
• Actor: Brad Pitt, Moneyball and The Tree of Life
• Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
• Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive
• Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help and Take Shelter
• Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Director
• Screenplay: Moneyball
• Cinematography: The Tree of Life
• Documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams
• Foreign-Language Film: A Separation
• First Feature: Margin Call
• Special Award: Raoul Ruiz