Las Vegas Film Critics Society Chooses ‘The Artist’ as Best Picture

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The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is the latest group to give The Artist a Best Picture award. It also marks Jean Dujardin’s first win this season, adding his name to the growing list of actors that have won Best Actor, and Michelle Williams takes another trophy for My Week with Marilyn. As it stands, the two lead categories are still scattered with no clear frontrunners leading the pack. Nicolas Winding Refn also gets a win as Best Director for his work in Drive.

As the critics groups roll out their awards, only two names have been more or less stable. The first is Albert Brooks in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance in Drive, and the second is Emmanuel Lubezki in the Best Cinematography category for his magnificent work in The Tree of Life. The latter has a strong chance of sweeping the precursor awards and going home with the Oscar statuette, and that would be well-deserved — Tree of Life has the best sequences out of any movie in 2011. However, the same isn’t true for Albert Brooks. It seems as if its a safer bet to predict that Christopher Plummer, or even Max von Sydow, will win the Oscar despite Brooks’ current dominance in the race. I’m not saying that he has no chance of winning at all, and if anything his winning streak has guaranteed him an Oscar nomination, but I think that the narrative of Plummer and von Sydow both being “overdue” for an Oscar is a stronger and more potent one than what Brooks has to offer. To my mind, this is the same reason why someone like Alan Arkin won back in 2006.

The full winners list is posted below.

Las Vegas Film Critics Society
Awards 2011

Best Picture: The Artist

Top 10 Films (in order):

  1. The Artist
  2. Hugo
  3. Moneyball
  4. The Descendants
  5. Drive
  6. The Help
  7. 50/50
  8. Midnight in Paris
  9. Shame
  10. Warrior

Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Best Actress: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks (Drive)

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)

Best Screenplay: Moneyball

Best Cinematography: Tree of Life

Best Costume Design: The Artist

Best Film Editing: Hugo

Best Score: The Artist

Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Animated Film: Rango

Best Documentary: Project Nim

Best Foreign Film: 13 Assassins

Best Family Film: Hugo

Youth in Film: Asa Butterfield (Hugo)

Best DVD: Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award: Albert Brooks

 

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