2011 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Go To ‘The Artist,’ ‘Drive’

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One of the critics groups that frequently gives their top prize to the eventual Best Picture winner is the Boston Society of Film Critics. Other than 2010 and 2005, when they aligned with every other critics group behind The Social Network and Crash, respectively, their choices often mirror the current state of the awards race.

This year’s crop of awards were announced today via their official website and their Twitter feed. Their 2011 winners reflect the early consensus of other precursor groups with a few variations. They agree with the vast majority that The Artist is the Best Picture of the year and they give an increased boost to Albert Brooks, giving him another Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Drive. That makes three wins for Brooks so far this year, more than any other actor in that category. The group also indicates that Brad Pitt may be emerging to frontrunner status in the Best Actor category as he takes home another victory for his Moneyball performance.

There were certainly some risks taken by the group as they give their Best Supporting Actress award to the well-liked Melissa McCarthy for her comical performance in Bridesmaids. They also ended the long dry spell for Martha Marcy May Marlene by giving the Best New Filmmaker award to director Sean Durkin.

View the full awards below and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!

Boston Society of Film Critics
Awards 2011

Best Picture
The Artist

Best Actor
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Best Director
Martin Scorcese, Hugo

Best Screenplay
Moneyball

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

Best Documentary
Project Nim

Best Foreign-Language Film
Incendies

Best Animated Film
Rango

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer)
Christian Marclay, The Clock

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy)
Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Ensemble Cast
Carnage

Best Use of Music in a Film
(TIE) Drive and The Artist

Don’t forget to check out the full precursor charts for the latest updates!

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  • Genadijus

    Wow! Michelle Williams rocks!

  • Moneyball won Screenplay ??? thought The Descendants will win but so happy once again for Melissa McCarthy.

  • It looks like the Oscar will go to Albert Brooks. That might increase the chances of Drive getting a nomination for best picture, but probably not.

    I still don’t understand the love for Moneyball. Both the screenplay and Brad Pitt’s performance were average.

    It’s very interesting to see Scorsese win for Hugo. The Artist appears to be the front-runner at this point, but I’m still expecting either The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to get some Oscar attention.

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