Posted by: ckckred | December 3, 2011

NYFCC Winners: Descendants not included

The New York Film Critic Circle, or NYFCC, announced its winners Tuesday.  I was greatly surprised at the winners.  Best Film was awards to The Artist, where I expected it to be The Descendent (I haven’t seen it yet, but based on the profile critics gave it, it seemed sure to be a winner).  The Descendants didn’t even come in second or third.  And if you look further, the only honor The Descendants received was a third place win for the screenplay.

Is this an omen The Artist will triumph over The Descendants at the Oscars.  Maybe, but it’s still to early to predict.  This time last year most Oscar analysts put their money on The Social Network, but by the time Screen Actors Guild Awards came out, the odds turned to The King’s Speech, which eventually won the Oscar for Best Picture.  It did, however, bounce up The Artist’s Oscar odds.

Winners are right below:

BEST FILM: The Artist (Melancholia, Hugo)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: A Separation (Incendies, The Skin I Live In)

ACTOR: Brad Pitt for Moneyball and The Tree of Life (Michael Fassbender, Jean Dujardin)

ACTRESS: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (Michelle Williams, Kirtsen Dunst)

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks for Drive (Christopher Plummer, Viggo Mortensen)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain for The Help, Take Shelter and The Tree of Life (Carey Mulligan, Vanessa Redgrave)

DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist (Martin Scorsese for Hugo, Lars von Trier for Melancholia)

SCREENPLAY: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin for Moneyball (Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for The Descendants)

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life (Robert Richardson for Hugo, Manuel Alberto Claro for Melancholia)

NON-FICTION FEATURE: Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Senna, Buck)

FIRST FEATURE: Margin Call (Martha Marcy May Marlene, My Week With Marilyn)

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to Raul Ruiz, the prolific Chilean filmmaker who died this year

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