Wednesday, 14 December 2011

2011 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards


The Toronto Film Critics Association had named Terrence Malick and his film "The Tree of Life" Best Director and Best Picture at its annual awards respectively. Right behind them are Michel Hazanavicius and his film "The Artist", which went to indicate that it was possibly a close marginal outcome of preferential voting of the critics. Despite not taking home the two major awards, "The Artist" nevertheless remains firm as one of the top contenders so far.

Michael Shannon and Michelle Williams both picked up the Best Actor and Best Actress award respectively, which wasn't a surprise as it seemed several critics group awards embraced different candidates. In the Best Supporting Actor and Actress category, Christopher Plummer edged hot favourite Albert Brooks for the win while Jessica Chastain was interestingly a runner-up to her own win as Best Supporting Actress.

The complete list of winners is as follow:

BEST PICTURE
“The Tree of Life” (eOne Films)

Runners-up:
“The Artist” (Alliance Films)
“The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

BEST ACTOR
Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter”

Runners-up:
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Michael Fassbender, “Shame”

BEST ACTRESS
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”

Runners-up:
Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Runners-up:
Albert Brooks, “Drive”
Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain, “Take Shelter”

Runners-up:
Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life”
Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”

BEST DIRECTOR
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

Runners-up:
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive”

BEST SCREENPLAY
“Moneyball”, written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, story by Stan Chervin, based on the book by Michael Lewis

Runners-up:
“The Descendants”, written by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
“The Tree of Life”, written by Terrence Malick


BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Attack the Block”, directed by Joe Cornish

Runners-up:
“Margin Call”, directed by J.C. Chandor
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”, directed by Sean Durkin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“The Adventures of Tintin” (DreamWorks Animation)

Runners-up:
“Puss in Boots” (DreamWorks Animation)
“Rango” (Paramount Pictures)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“Mysteries of Lisbon” (Alfama Films)

Runners-up:
“Attenberg” (filmswelike)
“Le Havre” (filmswelike)
“A Separation” (Mongrel Media)

ALLAN KING DOCUMENTARY AWARD
“Nostalgia for the Light” (Icarus Films)

Runners-up:
“Into the Abyss” (Mongrel Media)
“Project Nim” (Mongrel Media)


ROGERS CANADIAN FILM AWARD FINALISTS
“Café de Flore,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
“A Dangerous Method”, directed by David Cronenberg
“Monsieur Lazhar”, directed by Philippe Falardeau


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