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“The Artist” wins with Boston Film Critics – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: As if there wasn’t enough going on Sunday afternoon, with the L.A. and New York Film Critics Online handing out their annual awards, the Boston Film Critics Association gathered to nominate their Best of 2011, settling on Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist.”

The Boston critics named Martin Scorsese as the year’s best director for “Hugo.” Top acting awards went to Brad Pitt (for “Moneyball”) and Michelle Williams (for “My Week with Marilyn”).

A full list of awards is listed below:

Best Picture: THE ARTIST. Runner-Up: HUGO and MARGARET

Bets Documentary: PROJECT NIM

Best Director: Martin Scorsese for HUGO. Close runner-up: THE ARTIST.

Best Actor: Brad Pitt for MONEYBALL Runners up: George Clooney for THE DESCENDANTS, Michael Fassbender for SHAME

Best Actress (another competitive one!): Michelle Williams for MY WEEK WITH MARILYN.

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks for DRIVE.

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy for BRIDESMAIDS. Jeannie Berlin: close second for MARGARET.

Best Ensemble: CARNAGE.

Best Foreign Film: INCENDIES. (Runners up: A SEPARATION and POETRY)

Best Screenplay: MONEYBALL!

Best Use of Music: Cliff Martinez, DRIVE and Ludovic Bource, THE ARTIST (tie) Runner up: THE DESCENDANTS

Best Editing: Christian Marclay for THE CLOCK Runner-up: HUGO.

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, THE TREE OF LIFE. Runner-up: HUGO.

Best New Filmmaker (David Brudnoy Award): Sean Durkin for MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. Runner-up: J. C. Chandor for MARIN CALL.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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