“The Artist” Takes Top Prize From New York Film Critics Circle

Pitt and Streep take top acting awards.

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"The Artist" – Best Picture, Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius
nThis silent black-and-white film brilliantly blended elements of "All About Eve," "Citizen Kane" and other classic films to reflect on the evolution of a beloved art form.
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady" – Best Actress
nThe day it was announced that Streep would be playing Margaret Thatcher, you just knew there'd be awards heading her way.
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball" and "Tree of Life"– Best Actor
nFirst Pitt played a stern taskmaster father of three boys in 1950's Texas, and then seamlessly switched over to playing baseball executive on the cutting edge of an intellectual revolution.
Albert Brooks, "Drive" – Best Supporting Actor
nBrooks went shockingly against type, giving a terrifying performance as a murderous gangster opposite Ryan Gosling.
Jessica Chastain, " Tree of Life," "The Help" and "Take Shelter"– Best Supporting Actress
nThe redheaded beauty seemingly came out of nowhere to give several strong performances across very different films.
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"Moneyball" – Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
nTwo of the best writers in Hollywood pooled their talents to somehow turn a book about the business of baseball into a funny story about a pair of lovable underdogs –we loved the book and thought it couldn’t be done.
"Tree of Life" – Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
nAnybody lucky enough to shoot a Terrence Malick film has to know they'll be in the race come awards season, and whatever complaints there may have been about "Tree," Lubezki's work was stunning.
Margin Call – Best First Feature
nJC Chandor came out of nowhere to write and direct this gripping thriller starring Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto and Paul Bettany, that imagines the events leading up to the 2008 financial collapse that still plagues us today.
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams" – Best Nonfiction Film
nDirector Werner Herzog takes his 3D camera into the famed Chauvet Cave in France to explore the earliest known paintings ever.
A Separation– Best Foreign Language Film
nAn Iranian film about a couple faced with the choice of moving to another country to improve the life of their child, or stay in Tehran and care for a loved one with Alzheimer's was a moving human and political drama.
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