'Tree Of Life' Tops Online Film Critics List

Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life scored five wins at the 15th annual Online Film Critics Society Awards, which were announced today. Cannes’ Palme d’Or champion took the top prize of best picture as well as wins for director, supporting actress (Jessica Chastain), editing and cinematography; no other film won more than one award. Michael Fassbender took best actor for Shame and Tilda Swinton was best actress for We Need To Talk About Kevin. Best supporting actor went to Christopher Plummer for Beginners. Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Picture
The Tree of Life

Best Animated Feature
Rango

Best Director
Terrence Malick, The Tree Of Life

Best Lead Actor
Michael Fassbender, Shame

Best Lead Actress
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, The Tree Of Life

Best Original Screenplay
Midnight In Paris

Best Adapted Screenplay
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

Best Editing
The Tree Of Life

Best Cinematography
The Tree Of Life

Best Film Not in the English Language
A Separation

Best Documentary
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Special Awards (previously announced)
To Jessica Chastain, the breakout performer of the year
To Martin Scorsese, in honor of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation

    1. Yes, quite a few actually; Midnight in Paris is Allen’s biggest film box office-wise, Rango is a hit, and Tree of Life did very well for Malick.

  1. I have seen most of them and I just cannot fathom this adulation for Tree of Life. Take out the bizarre ‘genesis’ distraction and you have an above average family drama with little narrative. Am I missing something here?

    1. It’s the film maker’s version of the same thing that gentlemen of certain predilections do in the privacy of their bedrooms with Girly magazines – the Emperor’s New Clothes strikes again….

  2. Please The Tree of Life is the most overrated movie of the year. Some pseudo intellectual artsy junk food for smug people. Acting was good but directing-wise there was so much better this year.

  3. I agree with most of this. I thought A Separation was far and away the best film of the year in any language. Second place would be a tie for Tree of Life and The Artist. Michael (the Austrian film) was also excellent but I don’t think it officially comes out until next year.

    1. Agree with your comment. A Separation is the Best film for me in 2011. The Tree of Life is the most overrated!

  4. I get that ‘Tree Of Life’ isn’t for everyone but since I did find it amazing – am I to apologize? I find myself dodging insults, being called a snob because I loved it. There seems to be an anger from those who don’t like the film and that anger is aimed at those who do. I suppose this anger stems from the feeling that those who loved it ‘got it’ and those who didn’t, missed something. I don’t think I fully understood all that there is to know about this film’s story but I loved it for what reached me and for things I have yet to reach. I hope the film is reconsidered at least by some of those who dismiss it as student film artiness. Like ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ – seeing this film on a small monitor is indeed missing so much of the experience but there’s still so much to enjoy no matter the venue.

    1. Agreed. Malick is a visionary. I hope to catch up to his art someday. It’s his masterpiece. IMHO.

      Best picture!

  5. I sincerely worry about anyone who doesn’t feel something after watching Tree of Life the years only certifiable masterpiece. Glad to see the Online critics get it right.

  6. ROGER C – Yes, we watched all of them. The problem with Deadline is the comment section. Most comments come from struggling secretaries who see only the Twilight and Spiderman movies. You should be asking did we actually see anything in the 3000 screen range? Almost all of us ‘veterans’ have not, will not and can’t sit there watching garbage like Avatar. Truth be told, I sat in a screening at home of Avatar with arguable five studio figures. We shut it off after 20 minutes. Okay, we get it, FX. But it really doesn’t take more than five minutes to appreciate technology. Everything else was sub par.

    F-off!

    1. I’m not a Hollywood person. I never learn that half these movies are even out. But I am increasingly dissatisfied with movies on offer — that I know about. Another sequel. Another remake. Another eye-rolling script with technically proficient but empty FX. Who cares? Another Thor? Really? Tom Cruise hanging from a rope again? More pointless 3D?

      I’ve seen Hugo, MI4, Muppets, Midnight in Paris and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. A month from now I’ll remember GWTDT, kind of, but I’ll confuse it with the Swedish version. The rest? Meh. Maybe Netflix’s algorithm will suggest one of these other movies in 6 months or a year.

      It’s not the ticket prices. It’s the lack of imagination. That’s what sends me to TV. Not that TV is particularly imaginative, but at least it’s occasionally well-written.

      You know what I remember from GWTDT? Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song. A song written 42 years ago.

  7. Found Tree of Life to be utterly nonsensical and actually turned it off when, half an hour in, my wife looked up from her laptop and asked me “what’s going on??” and I couldn’t answer the question.

    1. Nice of your wife to surf the net with you while you watched a film. Maybe you guys should have switched places.

  8. Dude, I have never commented here before, but your post at Roger C was so equally venomous and pretentious that I had to write to tell you, dear sir, to go F-OFF YOURSELF! “Veteran”? Of what!? Being a condescending douche bag!? “Arguably 5 studio figures”? HA! The fact that you had to throw that in there in some desperate attempt to validate yourself only proves what an insecure piece of sh*t you really are….come to think of it, you probably ARE a studio head!

    PS – and next time, when you are so adamantly defending all the “current” movies you’ve seen and feel the need to make such a fuss about how bad the studio flicks are, at least try referencing one from THIS F-ING YEAR. Say Green Lantern or Transformers 3( Yes, those both sucked really BAD) and NOT the most successful movie of all time from 3 years ago and Spiderman from like 10 years ago….idiot.

  9. Just proves beyond a reasonable doubt that no one should pay attention to what any online critic says about ANYTHING. Tree of Life was a complete disaster of a movie. Why all the adulation for Malick? Because he only deigns to make a movie every 15 years? Phooey!

  10. I’ll admit I didn’t “get” tree of life. Is the point that nature – and by extension PEOPLE are chaotic and unfathomable? A single human life is wildly insignificant in the grand scheme of things? I felt like I was trying to shoehorn a meaning into it rather than having one unfold.

    But I’ll take the “blame,” I suppose.

  11. I am positive that The Tree of Life will take best picture. Its true that you either ‘get it’ or you don’t. Those that don’t ‘get it’ don’t know how to watch a movie. I recommended this movie to several people and none of them got it. The whispers throughout the movie are such a big part. They reveal the biblical dimension; ie: the fall, sin, redemption. You really have to be present to enjoy all that this film has to offer.

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