December 26, 2011

15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards Nominations

"The Tree of Life", Terrence Malick's exploration of suburban family life in the 1950's, received seven nominations for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Malick), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Joining "The Tree of Life" in Best Picture are Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist", Alexander Payne's "The Descendants", Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo". Malick, Hazanavicius, Refn and Scorsese were joined in the Best Director race by "Melancholia" director Lars von Trier.

"Drive" was the second most nominated film picking up six mentions including the aforementioned Picture and Director as well as Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks), Best Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography. Brooks was nominated alongside John Hawkes in "Martha Marcy May Marlene", Nick Nolte in "Warrior", Pitt and Christopher Plummer in "Beginners". In Best Supporting Actress, the nominees were Chastain, Melissa McCarthy for "Bridesmaids", Janet McTeer for "Albert Nobbs", Carey Mulligan for "Shame" and Shailene Woodley for "The Descendants".

Woodley and Mulligan's co-stars shared nominations in the Best Actor slate, George Clooney and Michael Fassbender respectively, who were nominated alongside Jean Dujardin in "The Artist", Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Michael Shannon in "Take Shelter". The Best Actress category features Kirsten Dunst in "Melancholia", Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene", Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady", Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Michelle Williams for "My Week with Marilyn".

Each year, the OFCS also submits nominations for Special Achievement Awards, granted only by a majority vote of the membership. This year, the Online Film Critics have selected two individuals, Jessica Chastain and Martin Scorsese, to receive special citations.

Chastain's tremendous and quality-filled output this year has brought her instant acclaim and recognition marking one of the most stellar debuts in recent memory.

Scorsese has long been a champion of film preservation and with his love letter to the cinema this year, "Hugo", he continues to show his admiration for film history and the many pursuits to keeping those records alive.

The full list of nominees for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards:

Best Picture:
The Artist
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Best Animated Feature:
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
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 Lead Actor:
George Clooney - The Descendants
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Michael Fassbender - Shame
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
Michael Shannon - Take Shelter
Best Lead 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
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Editing:
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Tree of Life
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Cinematography:
The Artist
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
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


Anonymous said...

hey how come Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 wasn't nominated? I mean it was release after Tree of Life and it was voted best movie of the summer, broke box office records and got universal critical acclaim.

Anonymous said...

I mean snubbing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 out of those state critcs awards is one thing, but at the BFCA Awards and the Golden Globe Awards that unfair and pathetic.

Look this is the truth, I mean sure Tree of Life and Midnight in Paris are great movies and have critical acclaim but was either 2 voted best movie of the summer….no it was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2; it’s not only a global box office success but it broke records, had universal critical acclaim, and had maybe higher grades and more reviewes than any film this year….it has a 100% among top and professional critics on Rotten Tomatoes and got a 93% [Critics Choice] by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (higher than film this year) and no disrespect to Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, Hugo, The Artist, Drive, and War Horse; and to me those movies also should be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Maybe it’s not a silent film/a film based on a president or the stock market/independant film/may not have a famous movie actor being the star of the movie/ not go by a few things written in the Harry Potter books/and it maybe to only a few critics a kids film. You see HP:DH 2 should not be known as a film known buy a visual tech stuff; it’s like maybe all the other HP films (however it was their last one) it will never be forgotten, had many respect from not only critcs but socially, and has done many things probably no film from England has never done, turned rookie kid stars to fantastic well respected and famous movies stars like Daniel Radcliffe. And i don’t think this movie and film franchise will never be forgotten; I mean for the past 10 years I see kids/teenagers/a few adults dressed as wizards/students/and a quidditch team with broom sticks (even in a few tv shows or movies) and did they hated all those Harry Potter films….no they didn’t they loved or really like it like either Lord of the Rings or Star Wars.

To a few movie critics the only award show that respects this movie is MTV Movie Awards….they’re right and wrong. To me this movie has what it takes to not only be nominated for those Tech stuff, but to be nominated for Best Picture (like Avatar and Lord of the Rings), maybe it might not win an Oscar but you got a give this movie and all those Harry Potter films for trying.

Anonymous said...

Best Supporting Actress prediction: It's between Melissa McCarthy and Janet McTeer.

I'm hoping it's McTeer (ALBERT NOBBS), but I loved McCarthy in BRIDESMAIDS.

P.S. The world doesn't revolve around that wizard movie franchise.