Two More Down: Latest Awards Buzz

3 Jan

The Tree of Life won multiple awards from the Online Film Critics Society. Will it be among the nominees for the Producers Guild Award later this week?

The Online Film Critics Society announced its picks for the best of 2011 on Monday, January 2, 2012:

  • Best Picture – The Tree of Life
  • Best Lead Actress – Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
  • Best Lead Actor – Michael Fassbender (Shame)
  • Best Director – Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
  • Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
  • Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life)
  • Best Original Screenplay – Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Bridget OConnor* and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Solider Spy)
  • Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)
  • Best Editing –  Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, and Mark Yoshikawa (The Tree of Life) Whew!
  • Best Animated Feature – Rango
  • Best Film Not in the English Language – A Separation
  • Best Documentary – Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • Special Awards (previously announced): 1. Jessica Chastain, the breakout performer of the year; 2.Martin Scorsese in honor of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation

There’s some interesting things going on here: 1. The Tree of Life is the only film to win multiple awards; 2. Also, there’s nothing here for The Artist, which I finally saw last week.  I didn’t hate it, but I don’t really think that it is the film to beat right now despite a massive publicity campaign and the righteous admiration of a few well placed talking heads making the rounds of morning TV shows. I also no longer think the Best Actor race will be a showdown between George Clooney (The Descendants) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist). I think we’re in for a surprise, and it’s not Fassbender, but I’ll let that pass for now because these things can turn on a dime.

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn: this shot is clearly designed to evoke MM's famous dip in the pool for photographers during the shoot for her final project, Something's Got to Give, which was shut down just prior to her death. Of Williams winning an award, D Magazine's Peter Simek writes, "The biggest mistake, however, comes in the best actress category, in which Michelle Williams’ paltry, un-kinetic, ditsy Marilyn Monroe travesty was awarded best actress. Williams’ performance, as I said in my review, was an example of illustration by omission, a parody role that reminded us just why Monroe was special because Williams was not." Thanks, Pete; thanks, D.

The DFW Film Critics Association announced its winners last month (12/18/2011), but there seems to be a glitch with their website right now, so this article quotes from D Magazine‘s Peter Simek:

  • Best Picture – The Descendants
  • Best Actress – Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
  • Best Actor – George Clooney (The Descendants)
  • Best Director – Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
  • Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
  • Best Supporting Actress – Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
  • Best Screenplay – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash (The Descendants)
  • Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki (Tree of Life)
  • Best Foreign Language Film – A Separation (Iran)
  • Best Animated Film – Rango
  • Best Documentary – Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • Russell Smith Award for Best Low Budget or Cutting Edge Independent Film: We Need to Talk about Kevin

The real Marilyn Monroe in a photo taken in 1962 on the set of Something's Got to Give--five years after the events depicted in the new exploitative film My Week with Marilyn.

Thanks for your consideration…

*British playwright O’Connor passed away in 2010, and the film is dedicated to her; she and Straughan were not only partners, they were also married to each other.

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