Right now, the New York Film Critics are convening for the NYFCC Awards for 2011 season. They are announcing their winners via Twitter, and the winners so far are (we'll bring you the latest winners as the information trickles in via Twitter, of course!):
"Margin Call" for Best First Feature for director J.C. Chandor. Zachary Quinto produced this brilliant film about the stock market collapse. Quinto also starred in the film alongside Stanley Tucci and Kevin Spacey.
The Best Nonfiction Film Award goes to Werner Herzog for his documentary "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" which explores the Chauvet caves of Southern France.
Best Supporting Actress goes to Jessica Chastain for her triple threat performances in the movies "The Tree of Life," "The Help," and "Take Shelter." (My interview with the actress for "The Debt" right here, I love her!)
Best Actress goes to Meryl Streep for "The Iron Lady!" I agree, but was hoping that the Awards gods and goddesses will shine down upon Michelle Williams for her great performance as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn."
The Best Supporting Actor award goes to Albert Brooks for "Drive." Yay! I love his performance in the movie, but here's my hope again -- let's not forget Nick Nolte as a bruised father in "Warrior." Or, heck, even Seth Rogen gave a wonderful performance as the best friend of the dying Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "50/50."
Best Actor goes to Brad Pitt for his double-whammy of "The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball." Is this about time for the actor?
The melodramatic Iranian film "A Separation" won Best Foreign Language Film.
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist." Excellent choice, but I wonder if the LA Film Critics will follow suit!
And the Best Screenplay Award goes to Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin for "Moneyball."
The Best Cinematography Award goes to Emmanuel Lubezki for "Tree of Life!" Beautiful film!
And the 2011 Special Award to be given posthumously to filmmaker Raoul Ruiz, here's more info on the director from Wiki:
Raúl Ernesto Ruiz Pino (25 July 1941 – 19 August 2011) was a Chilean filmmaker.
Ruiz spent some years at the Catholic University of Santa Fe, Argentina's cinema school. Back in Chile, he directed his first feature film Tres tristes tigres in the late 1960s, winning the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. He was something of an outsider among the politically oriented filmmakers of his generation, such as Miguel Littín and Helvio Soto, his work being far more ironic, surrealistic, and experimental. In 1973, after the coup d'état led by the dictator Augusto Pinochet, he left Chile and settled in France. After several years producing and directing low-budget telefilms, he began working with larger budgets and "name" stars in 1996 with Three Lives and Only One Death. The following year he directed Genealogies of a Crime, starring Catherine Deneuve. John Malkovich starred in Le temps retrouvé, Les Âmes fortes and Klimt.
He was married to Valeria Sarmiento, who is also a film director and editor.
According to El Repuertero on August 19, 2011 Chile Minister of Culture Luciano Cruz-Coke announced his death on Twitter just after 8:00 a.m.. He posted that Ruiz “just died of a long illness.” The city of Paris, confirmed this information. The Church of Saint George-Paul in Paris will veil his remains and hold a memorial service. His body will return to Chile to be buried as specified by his will according to the minister.
He left a catalogue of 113 films during his 48-year-long career.
And the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture goes to "The Artist!"
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