Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Awards Watch: THE ARTIST Tops Washington DC Critics Winners

Best Film

The Artist - Winner
The Descendants
Win Win

Best Foreign Language Film

13 Assassins
Certified Copy
I Saw the Devil
The Skin I Live In - Winner

Best Director

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo) - Winner

Best Actor

George Clooney (The Descendants) - Winner
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)

Best Actress

Viola Davis (The Help)
Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) - Winner

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn)
Albert Brooks (Drive) - Winner
John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Carey Mulligan (Shame)
Octavia Spencer (The Help) - Winner
Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

Best Acting Ensemble

Bridesmaids - Winner
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Help
Margin Call

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne and Nate Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) - Winner
Tate Taylor (The Help)
John Logan (Hugo)
Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball)
Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Tom McCarthy (Win Win)
Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
Will Reiser (50/50) - Winner

Best Animated Feature

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Puss in Boots
Rango - Winner
Winnie the Pooh

Best Documentary

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
Cave of Forgotten Dreams - Winner
Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life
Project Nim

Best Art Direction

Lawrence Bennett, Production Designer, and Gregory S. Hooper, Art Director (The Artist)
Stuart Craig, Production Designer, and Stephanie McMillan, Set Decorator (Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
Dante Ferretti, Production Designer, and Francesca Lo Schiavo, Set Decorator (Hugo) - Winner
Jack Fisk, Production Designer, and Jeanette Scott, Set Decorator (The Tree of Life)
Rick Carter, Production Designer, and Lee Sandales, Set Decorator (War Horse)

Best Cinematography

Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
Robert Richardson (Hugo)
Manuel Alberto Claro (Melancholia)
Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life) - Winner
Janusz Kaminski (War Horse)

Best Score

Ludovic Bource (The Artist) - Winner
Cliff Martinez (Drive)
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Howard Shore (Hugo)
John Williams (War Horse)

What are your thoughts on the nominees and winners? I was pretty impressed by most of the nominees (Michael Shannon and John Hawkes recognised for example) and the winners didn't exactly surprise me. That's two Best Director wins for Scorsese. The Clooney and Williams wins suddenly make those races wide open (Pitt and Streep won at the NYCC). Still, very little love for a lot of films here. We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Ides of March for example. No nominations for Ides or The Descendants in ensemble - with the winner being Bridesmaids? Makes no sense. Great to see Andy Serkis nominated for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, too. Hopefully the first of many for him.


  1. Chivo wins Cinematography!!!! I'll say this. If Chivo doesn't win the Oscar for Best Cinematography for The Tree of Life. I'm a-gonna riot!!!

  2. I can't see anyone beating him. Should have it close to locked up.

  3. He better. I'm still pissed off that he and Rodrigo Prieto both had to lose to Dion Bebe for that dull movie Memoirs of a Geisha.

  4. I think Clooney has a really good chance to take this Oscar for 2011! I just don't really see him as an actor .. he's more of a filmstar.

    I was sure last year that this would be DiCaprio's year with J. Edgar but since it hasn't really been a favourite I think he's lost the game. Gatsby's coming out next year so..

  5. As much as I admire Clooney and think his performance is great in THE DESCENDANTS, I can't help but think that the film is just missing an element (a wow factor) that gives it the edge required. Clooney will no doubt be nominated, but I think he falls behind Michael Shannon and Brad Pitt in the depth chart. Then there is Fassbender for SHAME, and even Gosling for DRIVE. I have heard very little positive response about J. EDGAR. It could result in DiCaprio missing out this year. He has lots of competition.