Utah Film Critics Association Goes Outside the Box Picking ‘Drive’ and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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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
Awards 2011

Picture
Drive
(Runner Up: The Artist)

Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
(Runner Up: Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive)

Actress
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
(Runner Up: Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)

Actor
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
(Runner Up: Jean Dujardin, The Artist)

Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan, Win Win
(Runner Up: Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus)

Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, Drive
(Runner Up: Christopher Plummer, Beginners)

Original Screenplay
50/50
(Runner Up: Beginners)

Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
(Runner Up: The Muppets)

Cinematography
Newton Thomas Sigel, Drive
(Runner Up: Tree of Life)

Documentary
Senna
(Runner Up: Project Nim)

Foreign Language Film
A Separation
(Runner Up: 13 Assassins)

Animated Film
Rango
(Runners Up: The Aventures of Tintin and Kung Fu Panda 2)

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  • a big thanks to them for recognizing Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he truly deserves it.

  • Genadijus

    Joseph deserves Golden Globe for “50/50” and Michelle Williams is a lock winner for best actress in musical/comedy. For Oscar she also looks stronger and stronger. Finally, this race gets more warm into trio Davis-Streep-Williams.

    • Yeah, it’s looking like the Best Actor and Best Actress races are going to be the most interesting this year. No idea where it’s going to go right now.

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