‘The Descendants’ and ‘The Help’ Charm Southeastern Film Critics

The Descendants continued to bolster its reputation as a major Oscar contender today, having been declared the Best Picture of 2011 by the Southeastern Film Critics Association. The group of roughly forty film journalists also awarded the Alexander Payne film with prizes for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor (George Clooney).

The SEFCA also liked The Help quite a bit, awarding its cast as the Best Ensemble in a movie this year. The box office darling also snagged the group’s coveted Gene Wyatt Award which, according to the SEFCA, honors “a film that captures the spirit of the South.”

In perhaps the its most surprising decision, the SEFCA chose to award Albert Nobbs‘ Janet McTeer as 2011’s Best Supporting Actress, a noteworthy twist given the group’s love for acting vehicles The Descendants and The Help as well as the general apathy of critics toward Albert Nobbs. Beyond that, the SEFCA’s announced list is likely to turn few heads.

Below are the awards the SEFCA announced:


  1. The Descendants (Best Picture Winner)
  2. The Artist
  3. Hugo
  4. Moneyball
  5. The Tree of Life
  6. Drive
  7. Midnight in Paris
  8. Win Win
  9. War Horse
  10. The Help

BEST ACTOR: George Clooney (The Descendants) || Runner-up: Michael Fassbender (Shame)

BEST ACTRESS: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) || Runner-up: Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer (Beginners) || Runner-up: Albert Brooks (Drive)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Janet McTeer, (Albert Nobbs) || Runner-up: Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

BEST ENSEMBLE: The Help || Runner-up: The Descendants

BEST DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese (Hugo) || Runner-up: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Midnight in Paris || Runner-up: The Artist

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Descendants || Runner-up: Moneyball

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Project Nim || Runner-up: Tabloid

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: A Separation || Runner-up: The Skin I Live In

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Rango || Runner-up: The Adventures of Tintin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Tree of Life || Runner-up: Hugo

The GENE WYATT AWARD: The Help || Runner-up – Undefeated

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  • I’m sort of surprised that The Help didn’t take more more prizes. If it can’t win with Southeaster Film Critics, I think it is safe to say there is very little chance it will win with the mostly coast dwelling Academy.

  • Janet McTeer a very worthy winner.A genius in her work every time whatever she does.

    • I don’t know when ‘Albert Nobbs’ is going to make it to Minneapolis, but I’m very much looking forward to seeing it if for nothing else than the performances.

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