Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" sat well with the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and was awarded the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.
Despite so, The Tree of Life would appear to be a firmer contender in terms of its technical achievements, particularly cinematography. There's a range of quality films out there vying for Best Picture (think "The Artist" amidst some) and the Best Director race seemed to be an open ground for all that had yet to be dominated by any specific contender. Albert Brooks took the Best Supporting Actor and yet again this would bode very well for his career this year.
Gary Oldman and Tilda Swilton were btoh recognised as Best Actor and Actress for their performance in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin" respectively.
The complete list of winners is as follow:
“The Tree of Life”
Terrence Malick for “The Tree of Life”
Best Original Screenplay
J.C. Chandor for “Margin Call”
Best Adapted Screenplay
Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks for “Drive”
Best Supporting Actress
Vanessa Redgrave for “Coriolanus”
Best Animated Feature
Best Foreign Language Film
Emmanuel Lubezki for “The Tree of Life”
Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
National Film Preservation Foundation, in recognition of for its work in the preservation and dissemination of endangered, culturally significant films
Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
“The Mill and the Cross”