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My 1st Annual Film Awards (2011)

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I was inspired to start giving out film awards by two major factors:

  • The excellent Nighthawk Awards given out by Erik Beck at nighthawknews.wordpress.com, and
  • My reaction to the film Melancholia, which I instantly felt to be the best film of its year and one that should have a great many Oscar nominations. That it didn’t is a subject for another discussion.

There I sat in a motel room in Chicago, still dazed by the film, pondering what awards I would give to it, and then, as I began to write them down, I thought back over the year and considered what I’d really liked, what I thought was especially accomplished in which category, etc…and so the Awards were born. I haven’t updated them significantly since I saw Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, and will at some point go back, re-review the old and introduce myself to the new, and see what changes should be made, if any. In any case, here we are:

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Best Picture: Melancholia

  • Declaration of War
  • Drive
  • 50/50
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Meek’s Cutoff
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Shame
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • The Tree of Life

Best Director: Lars Von Trier (Melancholia)

  • Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia)
  • David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender (Shame)

  • Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50)
  • Ryan Gosling (Drive)
  • Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)

  • Ariane Labed (Attenberg)
  • Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Charlize Theron (Young Adult)
  • Michelle Williams (Meek’s Cutoff)

Best Supporting Actor: Kiefer Sutherland (Melancholia)

  • Taner Birsel (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia)
  • Albert Brooks (Drive)
  • Hunter McCracken (The Tree of Life)
  • Patton Oswalt (Young Adult)

Best Supporting Actress: Carey Mulligan (Shame)

  • Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life)
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Help)
  • Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

Best Original Screenplay: Melancholia – Lars Von Trier

  • Declaration of War
  • 50/50
  • Meek’s Cutoff
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Best Adapted Screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

  • The Descendants
  • Drive
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Muppets

Best Cinematography: Melancholia – Manuel Alberto Claro

  • Meek’s Cutoff
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • The Tree of Life

Best Production Design: Hugo – Dante Ferretti

  • Anonymous
  • The Artist
  • Melancholia
  • Sucker Punch

Best Costume Design: Anonymous – Lisy Christl

  • The Artist
  • A Dangerous Method
  • Meek’s Cutoff
  • W./E.

Best Makeup – Did not award this year; if forced to choose would pick The Skin I Live In

Best Score: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

  • The Artist
  • Drive
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Where Do We Go Now?

Best Song: “So Long”, Winnie the Pooh – Zooey Deschanel

  • “Hashishet Albi”, Where Do We Go Now?
  • “Me Party”, The Muppets
  • “Star Spangled Man”, Captain America: The First Avenger

Best Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall

  • Drive
  • Melancholia
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Sound Mixing: Drive – Robert Eber

  • Melancholia
  • Shame
  • Super 8
  • The Tree of Life

Best Visual Effects: The Tree of Life – Brian Cross, Don Hastings, Ryan Roundy

  • Melancholia
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Sucker Punch
  • Super 8

Best Sound Effects: Drive – Kerry Ann Carmean, Damian Volpe, Peter Zinda

  • Hugo
  • Melancholia
  • Super 8
  • The Tree of Life
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5 thoughts on “My 1st Annual Film Awards (2011)

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  2. Great choices, congratulations. I loved that you nominated my favourite film of 2011: Declaration of War.

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