UPDATE: 'The Artist' Is NY Film Critics Circle Best Picture; Meryl Streep Best Actress For 'Iron Lady', Brad Pitt Best Actor

New York Film Critics Jump The Gun, Unveil New November Awards Voting Date

The NY Film Critics Circle has just bestowed its Best Picture award for 2011 to Michel Hazanavicius’ black-and-white silent film The Artist, putting the Weinstein Co drama squarely in the race for the Best Picture Oscar. The NYFCC announced its winners today via its Twitter feed. Hazanavicius also won Best Director from the critics group. Meryl Streep won Best Actress for the Weinsteins’ The Iron Lady, the first shot fired in what is sure to be a heated awards-season race in that category. Brad Pitt picked up the Best Actor nod for his work in Moneyball and The Tree Of Life, while Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin won Best Screenplay for Moneyball. Terrence Malick’s Tree Of Life had a good day, also nabbing wins for Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and for Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, who also was noted for her work in The Help and Take Shelter. Here’s the final list:

Best Picture: The Artist
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)
Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball)
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Best Foreign-Language Film: A Separation
Best Actor:
Brad Pitt (Moneyball, The Tree Of Life)
Best Actress:
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain (The Tree Of Life, The Help and Take Shelter)
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks (Drive)
Best Nonfiction Film: Cave Of Forgotten Dreams
Best First Feature: Margin Call
2011 Special Award: Raoul Ruiz (posthumous)

  1. Congratulations to Brad it was a great performance and well deserved award especially its from the critics.i woneder if any one knows if the critics have seen Angelina Jolie’s In The Land Of Blood of Honey yet or if its going to competed in any awards or not?

    1. Lillian Push, you are so right. The media are constantly falling over themselves when it comes to Brad Pitt & George Clooney. Two of the most overrated actors in Hollyweird. Where was Gary Oldman’s nod ? And where was Tilda Swinton’s recognition ?

      P.S. The media adores Albert Brooks, without a doubt, but he was great in Drive.

    2. Maybe people should stop reading In Touch and US Weekly and go to theaters to see Tree of Life and Moneyball… Thats how you will see how good actor he is.

  2. WHAT? I saw Drive (and i loved it) but Albert Brooks was very little in it and had a very forgettable role. How on earth did he win that award? Does he have many friends among critics?

    1. That is quite honestly the dumbest post ever – Brooks crushed his role in Drive – best film of 2011.

  3. Lillian, hopefully your criticism of Pitt is based on you opinion after seeing and discounting his acting in the 2 films Moneyball & Tree of Life). Your comments in that case, though I’m in disagreement, would at least be respected. It would be nice if your views are not based on any biases you might have or from a failure to be objective even if you don’t like him…
    I can remember how disrespected Paul Newman was as actor and did not receive legitimate recognition until later in his life because he was too ‘pretty’ and was not taken seriously. I often think Pitt is in the same predicament. His body of work is diverse, electic and interesting: River Runs Thru It, Interview with a Vampire, Twelve Monkeys, Seven, Fight Club, Snatch, Babel, Assassination of Jesse James, Burn After Reading, Benjamin Button, Inglorius Basterds, to name a few.
    He is well-deserving of this recognition, even over-due.

  4. Great for The Artist and Hazanavicius–and truly well-deserved. Too bad Dujardin didn’t get recognized, though. (Though I did think Pitt was very good in Moneyball.)

  5. Leo & George both both crushed Pitt – no chance he scores Oscar – such an average actor with the incessant biting of his upper lip.

  6. Brad Pitt is way overpraised in Tree of Life. In fact, Tree of Life is an overpraised and overrated movie. I like Malick’s movies, but I’m not drinking this “Tree of Life is brilliant” kool aid. It was a rambling self indulgent mess.

  7. “The Artist” is indeed a wonderful film. I hope it is honored by all smaller groups, short of the Academy. If it gets the Best Picture Oscar it will be seen by middle America as a giant middle finger raised in their direction. The industry can then sit around and wonder why nobody goes to movies any more or tunes into the Oscar telecast, when the answer is as obvious as the fact that relatively obscure movies are celebrated while stuff middle America likes is ignored. I’m not saying this is right, but it is the way things work.

    1. ‘The Artist’ is fantastic but it is by no means the best film of 2011. It’s a critic darling due to its “art factor” – ‘Drive’ is the best film of 2011.

  8. Tree Of Life is one of the most unbearable films in recent years. Now, this is prove why I don’t take these critics ( and media types) seriously. Even , Sean Penn was trashing that ludricrous movie.

  9. It’s official: 2011 is the worst year ever for movies. Silent films had their time in the sun, but that ended 80 years ago. The NYFCC decision to give its Best Pic to The Artist smacks of celebrating a gimmick over actual quality moviemaking. A horrible decision.

      1. Yes, I did see The Artist (scroll down for Deadline Hollywood comments to see my take on this film). I didn’t say it was terrible; just stylish escapism that could have been much more — in my opinion. What gives with the snarky tone of your query? Are you a flack for the Weinsteins?

    1. Honestly, if you saw the artist, you’d realize it has plenty of appeal for all audiences. just sayin.

  10. So these are the awards for the first 11 months of the year…? I mean it’s still NOVEMBER! I wonder which, if any, contenders they might have missed in their haste to get their awards out first.

    1. Have you seen any animated movies this year? If not you haven’t missed anything. The past ten years have been an embarrassment if riches in animation. What Pixar didn’t deliver, we got from Miyazaki, the occasional cute French flick or the adult Persepolis or Waltz with Bashir. This year we got Cars 2, no Miyazaki, the French have let us down, and there are no Waltzes or Persepoli either. The best of a meager lot is probably Rango. And no one thinks it’s particularly great.

      The NYFCC made the right choice not to choose here.

  11. The Artist has got to be the most overhyped film of 2011 — yes, it’s occasionally charming and has some clever moments, but there’s nothing particularly inventive or witty about it; the novelty of watching a contemporary silent film wears off very quickly once you realize that Hazanavicius is simply recycling stock film conventions, instead of turning them on their head. Nor are there any surprises in the shopworn narrative (though the dog is great). Maybe it if had more satiric bite or classic slapstick comedy reminiscent of Chaplin and Keaton, The Artist would have held my interest; otherwise, it felt like a 10-minute short that had been padded to 100 snooze-inducing moments.

  12. Zaillian & Sorkin’s “Moneyball” for Best Screenplay is a no-brainer. Talk about adapting the unadaptable.. Well deserved.

  13. Streep out-streeps herself…yet again. She really is extraordinary in The Iron Lady. She will finally win another Oscar after sweeping all other major awards this year.

  14. Pitt has always be underrated and it’s time that he got his due. I have seen both Tree of Life and Moneyball and I walked away very impressed with Pitt and I hope he takes it come Oscar night.

    Also happy about Chastain who seems to be everywhere and can act her ass off no matter the role. I haven’t seen the Artist yet but I’ll check it out this week so hopefully it lives up to all the hype.

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