Kudos to the Utah Film Critics Association for voting outside of the box once again this year. Last year they chose 127 Hours as the best film of the year despite every other critics organization lining up behind The Social Network. This year they have thwarted the system once again by choosing Nicholas Winding Refn’s film Drive as the best of the year as opposed to The Artist (or The Descendants. Or The Tree of Life). I am excited to see at least one group of critics touting the greatness of Refn’s film with their end of the year awards.
Other unusual picks from the Utah critics include Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the best actor of the year for his leading role in 50/50. It is a fantastic performance and certainly worthy of the victory, but it has been mostly ignored this winter. Amy Ryan took the group’s Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Tom McCarthy’s under-appreciated Win Win. Actress and Supporting Actor went to Michelle Williams and Albert Brooks, respectively, representing some of the group’s only formulaic picks.
Check out the complete list of awards below courtesy of The Film Experience.
Utah Film Critics Association
(Runner Up: The Artist)
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
(Runner Up: Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive)
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
(Runner Up: Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
(Runner Up: Jean Dujardin, The Artist)
Amy Ryan, Win Win
(Runner Up: Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus)
Albert Brooks, Drive
(Runner Up: Christopher Plummer, Beginners)
(Runner Up: Beginners)
(Runner Up: The Muppets)
Newton Thomas Sigel, Drive
(Runner Up: Tree of Life)
(Runner Up: Project Nim)
Foreign Language Film
(Runner Up: 13 Assassins)
(Runners Up: The Aventures of Tintin and Kung Fu Panda 2)
Don’t forget to check out the full precursor charts for the latest updates!