Tuesday, 27 December 2011

PHOENIX FILM CRITICS SOCIETY WINNERS

Best Picture
THE ARTIST


Best Director
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS (THE ARTIST)


Best Actor
JEAN DUJARDIN (THE ARTIST)


Best Actress
ELIZABETH OLSEN (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE)


Best Supporting Actor
ALBERT BROOKS (DRIVE)


Best Supporting Actress
BERENICE BEJO (THE ARTIST)


Best Original Screenplay
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS (THE ARTIST)


Best Adapted Screenplay
TATE TAYLOR (THE HELP)


Best Cinematography
EMMANUEL LUBEZKI (THE TREE OF LIFE)


Best Film Editing
ANNE-SOPHIE BION AND MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS (THE ARTIST)


Best Production Design
DANTE FERRETTI (HUGO)


Best Costume Design
MARK BRIDGES (THE ARTIST)


Best Visual Effects
HUGO


Best Original Score
LUDOVIC BOURCE (THE ARTIST)


Best Original Song
BRET MCKENZIE - 'LIFE'S A HAPPY SONG' (THE MUPPETS)


Best Ensemble Cast
SUPER 8


Best Stunts
DRIVE


Best Animated Film
RANGO


Best Documentary
PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES


Best Foreign Language Film
THE SKIN I LIVE IN


Best Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS (THE ARTIST)


Best Breakthrough Performance on Camera
THOMAS HORN (EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE)


Best Performance by a Youth - Male
THOMAS HORN (EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE)


Best Performance by a Youth - Female
SAOIRSE RONAN (HANNA)


Best Live Action Family Film
THE MUPPETS


Most Overlooked Film
A BETTER LIFE



Do you think they like The Artist?

Otherwise, these are slightly weird choices. This is probably the most love The Artist will get all year, even if it comes to win the Oscar. Strange that Elizabeth Olsen should win Best Actress and yet lose Breakthrough Performance to Thomas Horn. They sure do seem to love Thomas Horn - eugh - choosing him over Asa Butterfield, which is a very poor choice. Equally odd as those are The Muppets beating Hugo for Live Action Family Film, despite the fact that Hugo is nominated for both Best Picture and Director here. Hugo also loses Adapted Screenplay...to The Help! And Super 8 wins Ensemble Cast. And The Skin I Live In wins Best Foreign Language Film - no, not an unusual choice, just a bad one. And Michel Hazanavicius wins Breakthrough Director - well, I suppose he can have that, seeing as it's not 'Debut' but 'Breakthrough'. And The Artist has won just about everything here. It does lose Best Cinematography though, but who do you think wins that...? One of the only conventional decisions today.

Here are their nominations, with a great big lumpy jump in the middle, which is typical of me, of course...