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Kooky “Melancholia” Gets Nod from National Film Critics

This has NOTHING to do with the Oscars or reality, but the National Society of Film Critics picked their winners for 2011 today. The two films they liked best were the weirdest and most frustrating of the year– Lars von Trier‘s “Melancholia” and Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree of Life.” It’s a kooky list that includes the hilarious not always remembered Jeannie Berlin, actress daughter of Elaine May and one time star of my favorite films, “The Heartbreak Kid” (1972), a runner up as Best Supporting Actress in Ken Lonergan’s unwieldy, five years-on-the-shelf “Margaret.” http://www.imdb.com/video/demo_reel/vi50699801/ [1]

Was the punch spiked, were the brownies remixed, or just the air very thin? Who knows? But everyone gets something this year. It’s all good! And unlike with “Melancholia,” it’s not the end of the world. Think of this as the anti-National Board of Review.

BEST PICTURE

*1. Melancholia  – 29 (Lars von Trier)

2. The Tree of Life – 28 (Terrence Malick)

3.  A Separation  – 20 (Asghar Farhadi)

BEST ACTOR

*1. Brad Pitt – 35  (Moneyball, The Tree of Life)

2. Gary Oldman – 22 (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

3. Jean Dujardin – 19 (The Artist)

BEST ACTRESS

*1. Kirsten Dunst – 39 (Melancholia)

2. Yun Jung-hee – 25 (Poetry)

3. Meryl Streep – 20 (The Iron Lady)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

*1.  Albert Brooks – 38 (Drive)

2. Christopher Plummer – 24 (Beginners)

3. Patton Oswalt – 19 (Young Adult)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

*1. Jessica Chastain – 30 (The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help)

2. Jeannie Berlin – 19 (Margaret)

3. Shailene Woodley – 17 (The Descendants)

BEST DIRECTOR

*1. Terrence Malick – 31 (The Tree of Life)

2. Martin Scorsese – 29 (Hugo)

3. Lars von Trier – 23 (Melancholia)

BEST NONFICTION

*1. Cave of Forgotten Dreams – 35 (Werner Herzog)

2. The Interrupters – 26 (Steve James)

3. Into the Abyss – 18 (Werner Herzog)

BEST SCREENPLAY

*1. A Separation – 39  (Asghar Farhadi)

2. Moneyball – 22 (Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin)

3. Midnight in Paris – 16 (Woody Allen)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

*1. A Separation – 67 (Asghar Farhadi)

2. Mysteries of Lisbon – 28 (Raoul Ruiz)

3. Le Havre – 22 (Aki Kaurismäki)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

*1. The Tree of Life – 76 (Emmanuel Lubezki)

2. Melancholia – 41 (Manuel Alberto Claro)

3.  Hugo – 33 (Robert Richardson)

EXPERIMENTAL
Ken Jacobs, for “Seeking the Monkey King.”