DFCS Announces 2011 Nominees

December 12th, 2011 in Michigan Film by 0 Comments

From a Press Release…

(Detroit, Michigan – December 12, 2011)…The Detroit Film Critics Society is pleased to announce the BEST OF 2011 nominees in ten categories. The society was founded in Spring 2007 and consists of a group of 22 Michigan film critics who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities within a 150-mile radius of the city including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Flint, Michigan.

Each critic submitted their top 5 picks in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough Performance, Best Screenplay, and Best Documentary. From these submissions, each entry was given a point value and the top 5 in each category have been placed on the final ballot. One category, Best Ensemble, has a tie with 6 nominees. The 2011 winners will be announced on December 16th, 2011.

Leading with 6 nominations this year is Take Shelter. Other top nominees include The Artist with 5 nominations and The Help with 4 nominations. Both Michel Hazanavicius and Jeff Nichols have been nominated twice this year for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Jessica Chastain has received 3 nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough performance. New categories this year include Best Screenplay and Best Documentary.

THE NOMINATIONS FOR 2011 PICKED BY THE DETROIT FILM CRITICS SOCIETY

(in alphabetical order)

  1. BEST PICTURE
    • THE ARTIST
    • THE DESCENDANTS
    • HUGO
    • TAKE SHELTER
    • THE TREE OF LIFE
  2. BEST DIRECTOR
    • MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS – THE ARTIST
    • TERRENCE MALICK – THE TREE OF LIFE
    • JEFF NICHOLS – TAKE SHELTER
    • MARTIN SCORSESE– HUGO
    • NICHOLAS WINDING REFN – DRIVE
  3. BEST ACTOR
    • GEORGE CLOONEY– THE DESCENDANTS
    • JEAN DUJARDIN – THE ARTIST
    • MICHAEL FASSBENDER – SHAME
    • BRAD PITT – MONEYBALL
    • MICHAEL SHANNON – TAKE SHELTER
  4. BEST ACTRESS
    • VIOLA DAVIS – THE HELP
    • FELICITY JONES – LIKE CRAZY
    • MERYL STREEP – THE IRON LADY
    • CHARLIZE THERON – YOUNG ADULT
    • MICHELLE WILLIAMS – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
  5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    • KENNETH BRANAGH – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
    • ALBERT BROOKS – DRIVE
    • RYAN GOSLING – CRAZY STUPID LOVE
    • PATTON OSWALT – YOUNG ADULT
    • CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – BEGINNERS
  6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    • BERENICE BEJO – THE ARTIST
    • JESSICA CHASTAIN – TAKE SHELTER
    • CAREY MULLIGAN – SHAME
    • VANESSA REDGRAVE – CORIOLANUS
    • OCTAVIA SPENCER – THE HELP
  7. BEST ENSEMBLE
    • CARNAGE
    • CEDAR RAPIDS
    • CRAZY STUPID LOVE
    • THE HELP
    • MARGIN CALL
    • WIN WIN
  8. BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
    • JESSICA CHASTAIN – THE HELP/TAKE SHELTER/THE TREE OF LIFE
    • FELICITY JONES – LIKE CRAZY
    • MELISSA MCCARTHY – BRIDESMAIDS
    • ELIZABETH OLSEN –MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
    • SHAILENE WOODLEY– THE DESCENDANTS
  9. BEST SCREENPLAY
    • 50/50 – WILL REISER
    • THE ARTIST – MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS
    • BEGINNERS – MIKE MILLS
    • MONEYBALL – AARON SORKIN & STEVEN ZAILLIAN
    • TAKE SHELTER– JEFF NICHOLS
  10. BEST DOCUMENTARY
    • INTO ETERNITY
    • INTO THE ABYSS
    • MARWENCOL
    • TABLOID
    • WE WERE HERE

The Detroit Film Critics Society members for the 2011-2012 season in alphabetical order are Kirk Baird – The Toledo Blade, Jason Buchanan – allmovie.com, Jim Fordyce – www.MIentertainment.biz, Adam Graham – The Detroit News, Corey Hall – The Metro Times, Tom Long – The Detroit News, Jeff Meyers – The Metro Times, John Monaghan – The Detroit Free Press, Warren Pierce – WJR Radio, Greg Russell – WMYD-TV, James Sanford – The Kalamazoo Gazette, Tom Santilli – Examiner.com, Debbie Schlussel – Sirius Patriot Channel 144’s Mike Church Show, Perry Seibert – allmovieguide.com, John Serba – The Grand Rapids Press, Lee Thomas – WJBK Fox 2, Mike Tyrkus – Cinemanerdz.com, Kirk Vanderbeek – Real Detroit Weekly, Greg Walton – WIOG/KRSP, and Stephanie Webb – WZZM, ABC 13, Chris Williams – Advisor & Source Newspapers, and Rob Worley- Backlot D.

Author: Rob Worley

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