Monday, January 9, 2012

Awards Watch: National Society of Film Critics Announce Winners

The National Society of Film Critics have announced their winners. Comprised of 58 of the Nation's leading film critics - the winners here are pretty notable. Whether these selections will have any bearing on the Oscar nominees remains to be seen, however. Lars Von Trier's Melancholia was named Best Picture, while Kirsten Dunst was named Best Actress for her work in the film. Brad Pitt was named Best Actor for Moneyball/The Tree of Life. Terrence Malick was one of two winners for The Tree of Life, claiming Best Director. The complete list of winners, including runners-up, can be found below:

Best Picture

1. Melancholia
2. The Tree of Life
3. A Separation

Best Director

1. Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life
2. Martin Scorsese - Hugo
3. Lars Von Trier - Melancholia

Best Actor

1. Brad Pitt - Moneyball/The Tree of Life
2. Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. Jean Dujardin - The Artist

Best Actress

1. Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia
2. Yun Jung-hee - Poetry
3. Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actor

1. Albert Brooks - Drive
2. Christopher Plummer - Beginners
3. Patton Oswalt - Young Adult

Best Supporting Actress

1. Jessica Chastain - The Tree of Life, Take Shelter and The Help
2. Jeannie Berlin - Margaret
3. Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

Best Non-Fiction

1. The Cave of Forgotten Dreams
2. The Interrupters
3. Into the Abyss

Best Screenplay

1. Asghar Farhadi - A Separation
2. Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin - Moneyball
3. Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris

Best Foreign Language Film

1. A Separation
2. Mysteries of Lisbon
3. Le Havre

Best Cinematography

1. Emmanuel Lubezki - The Tree of Life
2. Manuel Alberto Claro - Melancholia
3. Robert Richardson - Hugo

So Melancholia finally takes out a big award. Personally, I preferred The Tree of Life, but with a prominent showing again its Oscar chances are looking pretty good. Great to see Asghar Farhadi's screenplay for A Separation taking out the award. Thoughts?


  1. I just hope the award would boost Melancholia's Oscar chances as well as Kirsten Dunst although I'm worried that Terrence Malick might not get a Best Director nod after just learning about the Director's Guild nominations.

  2. As much as I'd like to see Dunst recognised, I wouldn't be all that upset if Melancholia misses out. I still think the cinematography will be recognised, but that's likely to be it. I saw the DGA and yes it is a concern about Malick. Fincher was a surprise - but I think we have ourselves five films locked into a Best Picture nomination.