Houston Film Critics Love "The Artist," Hate "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1!" Check Out the Complete List of Nominees! 


Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" led the pack for the Houston Film Critics Awards, receiving 7 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Here's the complete list of nominees, winners will be announced on Dec. 14th:

Best Picture
"The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"Drive"
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
"The Help"
"Midnight in Paris"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"
"Win Win"

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"
Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"

Best Actor
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
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"

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, "Drive"
Armie Hammer, "J. Edgar"
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Andy Serkis, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
Alex Shaffer, "Win Win"

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Best Screenplay
"The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"50/50"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Win Win"

Best Cinematography
"The Artist"
"Drive"
"Hugo"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"

Best Score
"The Adventures of Tintin"
"The Artist"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"Shame"
"War Horse"

Best Song
"Lay Your Head Down" from "Albert Nobbs"
"Star Spangled Man" from "Captain America: The First Avenger"
"The Living Proof" from "The Help"
"Life's a Happy Song" from "The Muppets"
"Think You can Wait" from "Win Win"

Best Animated Film
"The Adventures of Tintin"
"Happy Feet Two"
"Kung Fu Panda"
"Puss in Boots"
"Rango"
"Winnie the Pooh"

Best Foreign Film
"The Artist"
"Elite Squad: The Enemy Within"
"I Saw the Devil"
"The Skin I Live In"
"13 Assassins"

Best Documentary
"Buck"
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams"
"The Elephant in the Room"
"Project Nim"
"Undefeated"

Worst Film of the Year
"Jack and Jill"
"Red Riding Hood"
"The Sitter"
"The Smurfs"
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1"
"Your Highness"

Humanitarian Honor: Joanne Herring

Lifetime Achievement: Jeff Bridges

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"Take Shelter" Leads Detroit Film Critics Society Nominations! 


The Detroit Film Critics Society has announced their nominations for the Best of 2011. Leading with 6 nominations is "Take Shelter" including nods for Best Picture, Best Director for Jeff Nichols, and Best Actor for Michael Shannon.

We'll see if "Take Shelter" will top the Detroit Film Critics Award when the winners are announced on December 16th.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the Best of 2011 by the Detroit Film Critics Society:

Best Picture
"The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"Hugo"
"Take Shelter"
"The Tree of Life"

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"
Jeff Nichols, "Take Shelter"
Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

Best Actor
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Michael Fassbender, "Shame"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter"

Best Actress
Viola Davis, "The Help"
Felicity Jones, "Like Crazy"
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Charlize Theron, "Young Adult"
Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week with Marilyn"
Albert Brooks, "Drive"
Ryan Gosling, "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
Patton Oswalt, "Young Adult"
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain, "Take Shelter"
Carey Mulligan, "Shame"
Vanessa Redgrave, "Coriolanus"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

Best Ensemble
"Carnage"
"Cedar Rapids"
"Crazy, Stupid, Love"
"The Help"
"Margin Call"
"Win Win"

Breakthrough Performance
Jessica Chastain, "The Help," "Take Shelter" and "The Tree of Life"
Felicity Jones, "Like Crazy"
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Best Screenplay
"The Artist"
"Beginners"
"50/50"
"Moneyball"
"Take Shelter"

Best Documentary
"Into Eternity"
"Into the Abyss"
"Marwencol"
"Tabloid"
"We Were Here"

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San Francisco Film Critics Pick "The Tree of Life," Hail Gary Oldman  


Terrance Malick's "The Tree of Life" was the big winner at the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards taking home Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography prizes.

In the acting category, Gary Oldman won Best Actor for his subtle performance in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Tilda Swinton was honored the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a grieving mother in "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Albert Brooks received the Best Supporting Actor award for "Drive" while Vanessa Redgrave was named Best Supporting Actress for "Coriolanus."

Here's the complete list of the 2011 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards:

Best Picture
"The Tree of Life"

Best Director
Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"

Best Original Screenplay
J.C. Chandor, "Margin Call"

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

Best Actor
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

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

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Best Supporting Actress
Vanessa Redgrave, “Coriolanus”

Best Animated Feature
“Rango”

Best Foreign Language Film
"Certified Copy"

Best Documentary
"Tabloid"

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life”

Special Citation for underappreciated independent cinema
The Mill and The Cross

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
National Film Preservation Foundation

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"The Descendants" Wins Big at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards! 


Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" took home the top prize at the Los Angeles Film Critics Award announced Sunday. The fantastic dramedy starring George Clooney won the Best Picture of the year award. Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" was the runner-up in this category.

But Payne lost out to Malick for the Best Director award, and the LA Film Critics gave the runner-up award to Martin Scorsese for "Hugo."

In the acting categories, Michael Fassbender, baring his all in "Shame," took home the Best Actor award while Yun Jung-Hee of "Poetry" won the Best Actress award. Michael Shannon for "Take Shelter" was the runner-up for Best Actor while Kirsten Dunst in "Melancholia" was the runner-up for Best Actress.

Best Supporting Actor award went to Christopher Plummer for "Beginners" (Patton Oswalt from "Young Adult" was the runner-up), while Jessica Chastain was given the Best Supporting Actress award for pretty much anything she starred in this year ("Coriolanus," "The Debt," "The Help," "Take Shelter," "Texas Killing Fields," "The Tree of Life")! Janet McTeer from "Albert Nobbs," who out-dragged Glenn Close in the film, was the runner-up in this category.

But you know what I'm happy about with the LA Film Critics' choices? They gave the Best Music Score to the Chemical Brothers (that's Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons to you!), while making Cliff Martinez the runner-up for his brilliant score in "Drive," two of my favorite soundtracks of the year!

Here's the complete list of winners and runners-up:

Best Picture
"The Descendants"
(Runner-up: "The Tree of Life")

Best Actor
Michael Fassbender, "Shame," "A Dangerous Method," "Jane Eyre" and "X-Men: First Class"
(Runner-up: Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter")

Best Actress
Yun Jung-Hee, "Poetry"
(Runner-up: Kirsten Dunst, "Melancholia")

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
(Runner-up: Patton Oswalt, "Young Adult")

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "The Help," "Take Shelter," "Texas Killing Fields," "The Tree of Life"
(Runner-up: Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs")

Best Director
Terrance Malick, "The Tree of Life"
(Runner-up: Martin Scorsese, "Hugo")

Best Screenplay
"A Separation"
(Runner-up: "The Descendants")

Best Cinematography
"The Tree of Life"
(Runner-up: "City of Life and Death")

Best Documentary/Non-fiction Film
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams"
(Runner-up: "The Arbor")

Best Foreign-Language Film
"City of Life and Death"
(Runner-up: "A Separation")

Best Animated Film
"Rango"
(Runner-up: "The Adventures of Tintin")

Best Music/Score
"Hanna"
(Runner-up: "Drive")

Best Production Design
"Hugo"
(Runner-up: "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy")

Douglas E. Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video:
"Spark of Being"

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American Film Institute Reveals Top Ten Movies and TV Programs of the Year! 


The American Film Institute (AFI) has unveiled their Top 10 lists in both movies and TV categories. "Bridesmaids" managed to sneak in among surefire Oscar contenders such as Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo."

But Oscar front-runner "The Artist" was omitted! Why? Because it's not an American production; hence, ineligible.

In the Television category, the comedies "Modern Family" (ABC) and "Parks and Recreation" (NBC) enjoyed top billing among "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO) and "Breaking Bad" (AMC).

"The Artist" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" received AFI Special Awards for their "outstanding achievements in the moving image that do not fit into AFI's criteria for the other honorees."

Here's the complete list of the AFI Awards 2011:

MOVIES OF THE YEAR

BRIDESMAIDS
THE DESCENDANTS
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
THE HELP
HUGO
J. EDGAR
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
MONEYBALL
THE TREE OF LIFE
WAR HORSE

TELEVISION PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

BOARDWALK EMPIRE
BREAKING BAD
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD WIFE
HOMELAND
JUSTIFIED
LOUIE
MODERN FAMILY
PARKS AND RECREATION

SPECIAL AWARDS

THE ARTIST
THE HARRY POTTER SERIES

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