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'The Tree of Life' Leads Online Film Critics Society Awards

"The Tree of Life." Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight.
"The Tree of Life", Terrence Malick's exploration of suburban family life in the 1950's, led the winners of 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society awards. The film won awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Malick), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain) Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Joining Chastain in the acting winner's circle was Michael Fassbender ("Shame"), Tilda Swinton ("We Need To Talk About Kevin") and Christopher Plummer ("Beginners").

Full list of winners (and nominations) below. Check out a list of all the awards so far this year here.


Best Picture
 The Artist
 The Descendants
 Drive
 Hugo
 The Tree of Life

Best Animated Feature
 The Adventures of Tintin
 Arthur Christmas
 Kung Fu Panda 2
 Rango
 Winnie the Pooh

Best Director
 Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
 Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life
 Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive
 Martin Scorsese - Hugo
 Lars von Trier - Melancholia

Best Actor
 George Clooney - The Descendants
 Jean Dujardin - The Artist
 Michael Fassbender - Shame
 Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
 Michael Shannon - Take Shelter

Best Actress
 Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia
 Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
 Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
 Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
 Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor
 Albert Brooks - Drive
 John Hawkes - Martha Marcy May Marlene
 Nick Nolte - Warrior
 Brad Pitt - The Tree of Life
 Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
 Jessica Chastain - The Tree of Life
 Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
 Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
 Carey Mulligan - Shame
 Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay
 Martha Marcy May Marlene
 Midnight in Paris
 A Separation
 The Tree of Life
 Win WIn

Best Adapted Screenplay
 The Descendants
 Drive
 Moneyball
 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
 We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Editing
 Drive
 Martha Marcy May Marlene
 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
 The Tree of Life
 We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Cinematography
 The Artist
 Drive
 Hugo
 Melancholia
 The Tree of Life

Best Film Not in the English Language
 13 Assassins
 Certified Copy
 A Separation
 The Skin I Live In
 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Best Documentary
 Cave of Forgotten Dreams
 The Interrupters
 Into the Abyss
 Project Nim
 Tabloid

Special Awards

To Jessica Chastain, the breakout performer of the year

To Martin Scorsese in honor of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation

Winners will be announced on Monday, January 2, 2012.

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at ofcs.org.

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3 Comments

  • LucyLoo | December 26, 2011 3:24 PMReply

    No Brad Pitt in the Best Actor category? That's just wrong. He definitely deserves a Best Supporting nomination for Tree of Life, but Moneyball was just as great a performance because it was the polar opposite of his Tree of Life character. I've seen all the performances that made their short list and Pitt's Moneyball performance kicked ass and took names. Clooney, as usual, was Clooney - and that's not "acting". That's just being himself. Apparently some people think that's enough to give him an award, but his performance fell far short of the chances that every other actor in that Best Actor category took. I saw a real disconnect between Clooney and the character and just never found him believable as a parent. Overall The Descendents didn't do anything for me - except annoy me.

  • ProfDave | January 4, 2012 9:31 AM

    I've seen all the movies from the Best Actor category as well as Moneyball, and I think all of the performances nominated were better than Pitt's. I was surprised to not see him nominated here, because I'm confident he'll be the 5th option at the Academy Awards. If you haven't seen Take Shelter check it out, maybe Michael Shannon will make you rethink Brad Pitt. www.moviecriticdave.blogspot.com/

  • marlyn | December 26, 2011 11:28 PM

    I agree with you lucyloo, I've seen both movies and surely Brad Pitt deserves a Best Actor nom for his role in Moneyball, I hope he will get a nod in the Academy, such a good talent shouldn't be unnotice.