Friday, April 19, 2024

“The Artist,” “Descendants,” Brad Pitt Win More Awards


Things are shaping up just as I thought they would: more kudos and awards for “The Artist” this weekend. The silent black and white film added awards from the Boston Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Online. Director Michel Hazanavicius also added Best Director nods from those groups. The San Francisco Film Critics went for Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” however, because, well, they’re in San Francisco and everyone’s a little woozy out there. The American Film Institute picked its 10 best films but gave “The Artist” a special award because it’s not American made (although it was made in America and about America). They also gave a foreign award to the “Harry Potter” series, which makes sense.

The Los Angeles Film Critics gave “The Descendants”  Best film, and Malick best director. That group, which is not very press friendly, now guarantees a pretty weird and empty red carpet since Malick won’t show. Neither will legend Doris Day, who’s not coming to pick up her Lifetime Achievement Award. (She doesn’t fly and doesn’t like to leave her home in Carmel, California.) They also chose a best actress no one’s ever heard of instead of giving something to Meryl Streep, Michele Williams, Viola Davis, Glenn Close or Lizzie Olsen, Tilda Swinton, or Rooney Mara. They’re so avant garde!

Remember, “The Artist” also has the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle award, too. And they have acting nods to Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, and Albert Brooks. I do wish someone would give Berenice Beho a supporting actress nod for “The Artist,” though I do think she’ll wind up with an Oscar nomination.

Washington DC critics had previously gone for “The Artist,” Martin Scorsese (director), George Clooney, and Michelle Williams.

PS No awards support so far, not even from AFI, for Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” And almost nothing for the David Fincher remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Only last year Fincher won every city with “The Social Network.”

American Film Institute:

Special Awards to “The Artist” and “Harry Potter” series

in alphabetical order:

The  Descendants
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
J. Edgar
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

New York Film Critics Online:

Best Picture: “The Artist”
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Best Actor: Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter”
     Runners-up: Michael Fassbender, “Shame” and Gary Oldman, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
     Runner-up: Viola Davis, “The Help”
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, “Drive”
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
Best Foreign-Language Film: “A Separation”
Best Documentary: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
Best Animated Feature: “The Adventures of Tintin”
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life”
Best Use of Music: Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”
Best Ensemble Cast: “Bridesmaids”
Best Debut Director: Joe Cornish, “Attack the Block”
Breakthrough Performer: Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life,” “The Help,” “The Debt,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “Coriolanus”

 Los Angeles Film Critics:

Best film: “The Descendants”

Best director: Terrence Malick

Best actor: Michael Fassbender, for his work in “A Dangerous Method,” “Jane Eyre,” “Shame” and “X-Men: First Class.”

Runner-Up: Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter.”

Best Actress: Yun Jung-hee, in the South Korean film “Poetry.”

Runner-up: Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia.”

Best Documentary/Nonfiction film: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” by Werner Herzog.

Runner-Up: “The Arbor” by Clio Barnard.

Best screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation.”

Runner-Up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”

Best supporting actress: Jessica Chastain, who was recognized for her work in six films — “Coriolanus,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields” and “The Tree of Life.”

Runner-up: Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs.”

Best supporting actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”

Runner-up: Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult.”

Best cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life.”

Runner-up: Cao Yu, “City of Life and Death.”

Best music/score: The Chemical Brothers, “Hanna.”

Runner-up: Cliff Martinez, “Drive.”

Best production design: Dante Ferretti, “Hugo.”

Runner-up: Maria Djurkovic, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

Best Independent, Experimental: “Spark of Being.” Directed by Bill Morrison, it’s a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,: using images culled from archives around the world.

San Francisco Film Critics:

Best Picture
“The Tree of Life”

Best Director
Terrence Malick for “The Tree of Life”

Best Original Screenplay
J.C. Chandor for “Margin Call”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Actor
Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Actress
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks for “Drive”

Best Supporting Actress
Vanessa Redgrave for “Coriolanus”

Best Animated Feature

Best Foreign Language Film
“Certified Copy”

Best Documentary

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki for “The Tree of Life”

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
National Film Preservation Foundation, in recognition of for its work in the preservation and dissemination of endangered, culturally significant films

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
“The Mill and the Cross”

Boston Film Critics:

Best Picture: “The Artist”
     Runners-up: “Hugo” and “Margaret”
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”
     Runner-up: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Best Actor: Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”
     Runners-up: George Clooney, “The Descendants” and Michael Fassbender, “Shame”
Best Actress: Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
     Runner-up: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, “Drive”
     Runner-up: Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
     Runner-up: Jeannie Berlin, “Margaret”
Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, “Moneyball”
     Runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, “Margaret”
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life”
     Runner-up: Robert Richardson, “Hugo”
Best Documentary: “Project Nim”
     Runner-up: “Bill Cunningham New York”
Best Foreign-Language Film: “Incendies”
     Runners-up: “A Separation” and “Poetry”
Best Animated Film: “Rango”
Best Film Editing:  Christian Marclay, “The Clock”
     Runner-up: Thelma Schoonmaker, “Hugo”
Best New Filmmaker: Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
     Runner-up: J.C. Chandor, “Margin Call”
Best Ensemble Cast: “Carnage”
     Runner-up: “Margaret”
Best Use of Music in a Film: (tie) “Drive” and “The Artist”
     Runner-up: “The Descendants”
Special Commendations:
Ben Fowlie, Sara Archambault and Sean Flynn of DocYard
The Museum of Fine Arts for “The Clock”
The Brattle Film Foundation
Best Rediscoveries:
“The Shooting” at the Harvard Film Achive
“The Makota Sisters” at the Museum of Fine Arts
“Deep End” at the HFA
“Days and Nights in the Forest” at the HFA
“Children of Hiroshima” at the HFA



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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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