Gold Rush: The New York Film Critics Circle 2011

Awards Season is officially underway, and the New York Film Critics Circle is one of the first out of the gate with love for Moneyball, The Artist, and The Tree Of Life.

Here are the winners:

Best Picture
The Artist

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius — The Artist

Best Screenplay
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin — Moneyball

Best Actress
Meryl Streep — The Iron Lady

Best Actor
Brad Pitt — Moneyball, The Tree of Life

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain — The Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks — Drive

Best Cinematographer
Emmanuel Lubezki — The Tree of Life

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Best Foreign Film
A Separation

Best First Film
J.C. Chandor — Margin Call

My Take: Not sure I agree with the kudos for Brad Pitt (he was good, but in my eyes, not remarkable) or Moneyball overall, but I have major beef with neither. I’m pleased to see Jessica Chastain get her due, as she held her own against Michael Shannon in Take Shelter and was one of the best things about The Help.

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