By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire December 16, 2011 at 11:03AM
"The Descendants" was named the best film of 2011 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, according to the results of its 18th annual critics' poll. It dominated their picks for the year, netting Best Actor for star George Clooney, Best Supporting Actress for newcomer Shailene Woodley, Best Director for Alexander Payne and Best Screenplay.
The Association consists of 20 broadcast, print and online journalists from throughout North Texas.
Below are their top picks for 2011:
Top 10 Films of the Year:
03.EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
04.MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
05.THE TREE OF LIFE
Best Actor: George Clooney – THE DESCENDANTS. Runners-up: Jean Dujardin for THE ARTIST (2), Michael Fassbender for SHAME (3), Brad Pitt for MONEYBALL (4) and Michael Shannon for TAKE SHELTER (5).
Best Actress: Michelle Williams – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. Runners-up:Tilda Swinton for WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (2), Meryl Streep for THE IRON LADY (3), Charlize Theron for YOUNG ADULT (4) and Kirsten Dunst for MELANCHOLIA (5).
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – BEGINNERS. Runners-
Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley – THE DESCENDANTS. Runners-up: Berenice Bejo for THE ARTIST (2), Octavia Spencer for THE HELP (3), Melissa McCarthy for BRIDESMAIDS (4) and Carey Mulligan for SHAME (5).
Best Director: Alexander Payne – THE DESCENDANTS. Runners-up: Michel Hazanavicius for THE ARTIST (2), Terrence Malick for THE TREE OF LIFE (3), Martin Scorsese for HUGO (4) and Woody Allen for MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (5).
Best Foreign-Language Film: A SEPARATION Runners-up: THE SKIN I LIVE IN (2), INCENDIES (3), 13 ASSASSINS (4) and a tie between OF GODS AND MEN and CERTIFIED COPY (5).
Best Documentary: CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS Runners-up: PROJECT NIM (2), THE INTERRUPTERS (3), PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES (4) and BUCK (5).
Best Animated Film: RANGO Runner-up: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Best Screenplay: THE DESCENDANTS Runner-up: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.
Best Cinematography: THE TREE OF LIFE Runner-up: WAR HORSE.
Russell Smith Award: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN