Phoenix Film Critics Society not silent about "The Artist"!

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Phoenix Film Critics Society not silent about “The Artist”!

They told him he was crazy.  Friends, family, industry colleagues practiced a little tough love when they told Michael Hazanavicius that making a black and white silent film in this day and high tech age was crazy.  But he did and now his movie “The Artist” has been declared a big winner, grabbing 9-count ‘em-9 Phoenix Film Critics Society 2011 Awards.  In addition to the biggie of Best Picture, it also nabbed Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design and Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera.

Last year the Phoenix Film Critics Society was the only critics group to name “The King’s Speech” as Best Picture before the Academy Awards.  The group is comprised of print and broadcast film critics in Arizona, of which yours truly is a most proud member.

But do I think “The Artist” is the Best Picture of the year?  While I can’t argue with the superb quality of the production and a truly wonderful movie going experience, my personal vote would be for “The Help”.

Here is the complete list of this year’s PFSC winners, along with my picks in the top five categories.

Phoenix Film Critics Society 2011 Awards

BEST PICTURE
"The Artist"   (Flick Chick Pick:  “The Help”)

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2011 (in alphabetical order)
"The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"Drive"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Moneyball"
"My Week With Marilyn"
"Super 8"
"The Tree of Life"

BEST DIRECTOR  
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"  (Flick Chick Pick:  Michel Hazanavicius)

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE 
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist  (Flick Chick Pick:  Jean Dujardin) 

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE 
Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"   (Flick Chick Pick:  Glenn Close
“Albert Nobbs”)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Albert Brooks, "Drive"   (Flick Chick Pick:  Kenneth Branagh “My Week With Marylin”) 

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"  (Flick Chick Pick:  Octavia Spenser “The Help”) 

BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING
"Super 8"

BEST SCREENPLAY - ORIGINAL
"The Artist"

BEST SCREENPLAY - ADAPTATION
"The Help"

BEST LIVE ACTION FAMILY FILM (Rated G or PG)
"The Muppets"

THE OVERLOOKED FILM OF THE YEAR
"A Better Life"

BEST ANIMATED FILM
"Rango"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"The Skin I Live In"

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"Page One: Inside the New York Times"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Life's a Happy Song, "The Muppets"

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

"The Artist"

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

"Tree of Life"

BEST FILM EDITING
"The Artist"

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
"Hugo"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"The Artist"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"Hugo"

BEST STUNTS
"Drive"

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE ON CAMERA
Thomas Horn, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

BREAKTROUGH PERFORMANCE BEHIND THE CAMERA
Michael Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH IN A LEAD OR SUPPORTING ROLE – MALE

Thomas Horn, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH IN A LEAD OR SUPPORTING ROLE – FEMALE

Saoirse Ronan, "Hanna"