MY PICK FOR BEST FILMS OF 2011


BEST PICTURE

Pina

The rest in alphabetical order:

Artist, The

Attack the Block

Drive

Havre, La

Kid With a Bike, The

Midnight In Paris

Of Gods and Men

Poetry

Separation, A

Snowtown

Though the list is in alphabetical order, Of Gods and Men is my second favorite; A Separation my third; and Poetry, my third.

I also liked: Point Blank, The Guard, The Future, Extraterrestrials, Moneyball, 50/50, Oslo, August 31st, Another Earth, Meek’s Cutoff, Elite Squad II, The Princess of Montparsnee

World on a Wire – A special award to the rediscovery of this remarkable two part television film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

BEST ACTOR

Lambert Wilson – Of Gods and Men, The Princess of Montparsnee

In alphabetical order:

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Payman Moadi – A Separation

Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Brad Pitt – Moneyball, Tree of Life

I also liked: Joseph Gorden-Levitt, 50/50, Hasher; Gilles Lelouche, Point Blank; Brendan Gleeson, The Guard; Dany Boon, Nothing to Declare; Andre Wilms, Le Havre; Woody Harrelson, Rampart; Michael Fassbender, Shame; Paul Giamatti, Win, Win, The Ides of March

BEST ACTRESS:

Meryl Streep -The Iron Lady

Sorry, I couldn’t reduce the rest of the category to four, so here are the others:

In alphabetical order:

Juliette Binoche – Certified Copy

Viola Davis -The Help

Leila Hatami – A Separation

Tilda Swinton – We Have to Talk About Kevin

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Jeong-hie Yun – Poetry

I also liked: Rooney Mara, Girl with Dragon Tattoo; Charlize Theron, Young Adult.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Albert Books – Drive

In alphabetical order:

Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill – Moneyball

Shahab Hussein – A Separation

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

I also liked: Armee Hammer, J. Edgar; Jared Harris, Sherlock Holmes; and Patton Oswalt, Young Adult.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Carey Mulligan – Drive, Shame

Again, I couldn’t reduce the number to four:

Berenice Bejo – The Artist

Sareh Bayat – A Separation

Jessica Chastain – Tree of Life

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaid

Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer – The Help

BEST DIRECTOR:

Wim Wenders – Pina

The rest in alphabetical order:

Joe Cornish – Attack the Block

Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive

I also liked: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life; Fred Cavaye – Point Blank; Xavier Beauvois – Of Gods and Men; Chang-dong Lee – Poetry;

BEST SCREENPLAY

Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

Going for five over four more here:

Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris

Xavier Beauvois, Etienne Comar – Of Gods and Men

Chang-dong Lee – Poetry

Will Reiser – 50/50

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin – Moneyball

I also liked: Thomas McCarthy, Win Win; J.C. Chandor, Margin Call; John Michael McDonagh, The Guard; Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, The Kid With a Bike; Jochaim Trier, Eskil Vogt, Oslo, August 31st;Brit Marling, Mike Cahill, Another Earth

NEW YORKER: BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR


Pauline Kael is rolling over in her grave. Very middle brow and safe for a publication with the cache of the New Yorker, but their movie criticism hasn’t been that challenging for some time.
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2011/12/denby-the-best-films-of-2011.html

MY BEST OF 2010


BEST OF 2010 IN FILM

BEST PICTURE – MOTHER

Top Ten:

Animal Kingdom

Another Year

Carlos

The Killer Inside Me

Mother

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

White Material

Winter’s Bone

Runner’s Up

Cyrus

The Father of My Children

The Human Resources Manager

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Mesrine, Parts I and II

Mother and Child

Scott Pilgrim v. the World

BEST DIRECTOR – GASPAR NOE – ENTER THE VOID

Top Five:

Olivier Assayass – Carlos

Joon-ho Bong – Mother

Ethan and Joel Coen – True Grit

Gasper Noe – Enter the Void

Christopher Nolan – Inception

Runner’s Up

David Fincher – The Social Network

Jean-Francois Richet – Mesrine, parts I and II

Edgar Wright – Scott Pilgrim Versus the World

BEST ACTOR – EDGAR RAMIREZ – CARLOS

Top Five:

Casey Affleck – The Killer Inside Me

Vincent Cassel – Mesrine, Parts I and II

Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Aamir Khan – 3 Idiots

Edgar Ramirez – Carlos

Runner’s Up

Jeff Bridges – True Grit

Jessie Eisenberg – The Social Network

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Mark Ivanir – The Human Resources Manager

BEST ACTRESS – ANNETTE BENING – THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT/MOTHER AND CHILD

Top Five:

Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right/Mother and Child

Isabel Huppert – White Material

Hye Ja-Kim – Mother

Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

Tilda Swinton – I Am Love

Runner’s Up

Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone

Noomi Rapace -The Girl Who Played With Fire trilogy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – JACKI WEAVER – ANIMAL KINGDOM

Top Five:

Helena Bonham-Carter – Alice in Wonderland

Dale Dickey – Winter’s Bone

Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Leslie Manville – Another Year

Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Runners Up

Amy Adams – The Fighter

Diane Wiest – The Rabbit Hole

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – CHRISTIAN BALE – THE FIGHTER

Top Five:

Christian Bale – The Fighter

Gerard Depardieu – Mesrine, Part I

Andrew Garfield – The Social Network

John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone

Ewan McGregor – I Love You, Philip Morris

Runners Up

Pierce Brosnan – The Ghost Writer

Kieran Culkin – Scott Pilgrim Versus the World

Louis-Do de Lencquesaing – The Father of My Children

Jeremy Renner – The Town

ENSEMBLE – CYRUS

Animal Kingdom

Another Year

Cyrus

The King’s Speech

True Grit

Runners Up

Winter’s Bone

SCREENPLAY – ORIGINAL – ANIMAL KINGDOM

Animal Kingdom

Another Year

Carlos

Cyrus

Mother

Runners Up

The Father of My Children

Mother and Child

White Material

SCREENPLAY — ADAPTED – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

I Love You, Philip Morris

The Killer Insider Me

The Social Network

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Runners Up

The Human Resources Manager

Scott Pilgrim Versus the World

Toy Story 3