“The Artist” tops with the New York Film Critics’ Circle – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The New York Film Critics’ Circle has convened in Manhattan and named Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” as the year’s best film. The full list of winners can be found below.

Hazanavicius also won Best Director from the group, while “Moneyball” and “Tree of Life” divided up ket categories. Albert Brooks probably bolstered his slot in the Best Supporting Actor Oscar race for his mesmerizing turn in “Drive.” And the challenge for Jessica Chastain will be deciding which award-worthy performance she should put her weight behind.

Here are the NYFCC selections for 2011:

Best Picture: “The Artist”
2011 Special Award to be given posthumously to filmmaker Raoul Ruiz
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for “Tree of Life”
Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin for “Moneyball”
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist”
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Actor: Brad Pitt for “Moneyball,” and “Tree of Life”
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks for “Drive”
Best Actress: Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady”
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain for Tree of Life, The Help and Take Shelter
Best Nonfiction Film: Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Best First Feature: Margin Call

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