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Movie Quote of the Day – The Descendants, 2011 (dir. Alexander Payne)


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Brian Speer:  It’s not what you think. It just happened.
Matt King: Nothing just happens!
Brian Speer: Everything just happens!

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“Midnight In Paris,” “The Descendants” Win WGA


Woody Allen won for his original and Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash won for their adapted screenplay. It looks like The Descendants is primed to win at next Sunday’s Oscars (Moneyball is the only real threat). I wouldn’t say Midnight In Paris is a lock because The Artist was not eligible for the Writer’s Guild Awards, and it has been winning things left and right. I really hope, though, that the Academy follows suit and Woody gets his third  (yes, he’s only won twice for his writing, though his latest nomination was his 13th in the category) writing win.

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Names Malick Best Director, “The Descendants” Best Picture


Best Picture: The Descendants
Best Director: Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Best Actor: George Clooney – The Descendants
Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
Best Original Screenplay: Beginners
Best Animated Film: Rango
Best Foreign Film: A Separation
Best Documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Vince Koehler for Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror film: Hugo

Southeastern Film Critics Association Name “The Descendants” Best Picture, Scorsese Best Director


Top Ten Films
The Descendants
The Artist
Hugo
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
Drive
Midnight in Paris
Win Win
War Horse
The Help

Best Actor
Winner – George Clooney (The Descendants)
Runner-up – Michael Fassbender (Shame)

Best Actress
Winner – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Runner-up – Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor
Winner – Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Runner-up – Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress
Winner – Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Runner-up – Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Ensemble
Winner – The Help
Runner-up – The Descendants

Best Director
Winner – Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Runner-up – Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Original Screenplay
Winner – Midnight in Paris
Runner-up – The Artist

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner – The Descendants
Runner-up – Moneyball

Best Documentary
Winner – Project Nim
Runner-up – Tabloid

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner – A Separation
Runner-up – The Skin I Live In

Best Animated Film
Winner – Rango
Runner-up – The Adventures of Tintin

Best Cinematography
Winner – The Tree of Life
Runner-up – Hugo

The Gene Wyatt Award
Winner – The Help
Runner-up – Undefeated

“Drive”, “The Descendants” Top Golden Satellite Awards


Motion Picture: The Descendants
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Actress: Viola Davis, The Help
Actor: Ryan Gosling, Drive
Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive
Foreign Film: Portugal, Mysteries of Lisbon
Animated or Mixed Media: The Adventures of Tin Tin
Documentary: Senna
Original Screenplay: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon
Original Score: Marco Beltrami, Soul Surfer
Original Song: Lay Your Head Down, Albert Nobbs
Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski, War Horse
Visual Effects: Robert Legato, Hugo
Film Editing: Chris Gill, The Guard
Sound (Editing & Mixing): Dave Patterson, Lon Bender, Robert Fernandez, Victor Ray Ennis, Drive
Art Direction and Production Design: Gregory S. Hooper, Laurence Bennett, The Artist
Costume Design: Jacqueline West, Water For Elephants

You can see all the nominees here.

Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Laud “The Descendants”


Best Film of 2011: THE DESCENDANTS

Top 10 Films of the Year:
01.THE DESCENDANTS
02.THE ARTIST
03.EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
04.MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
05.THE TREE OF LIFE
06.HUGO
07.50/50
08.DRIVE
09.SHAME
10.MONEYBALL

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-up: Albert Brooks for DRIVE (2), Max von Sydow for EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (3), Armie Hammer for J. EDGAR (4) and Kenneth Branagh for MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (5).

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

Houston Film Critics Like “The Descendants”, “Drive”


Best Picture: The Descendants

Best Director: Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, Shame

Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive

Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Foxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

Best Song: “Life’s a Happy Song,” from The Muppets, music & lyrics by Bret McKenzie

Best Score: Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Best Foreign Film: I Saw the Devil

Best Documentary: Project Nim

Best Animated: Rango

Worst Film of the Year: Your Highness

“The Descendants” Named Best Picture, Malick Named Best Director By LA Film Critics


Best Picture: Winner: The Descendants Runner-up: The Tree of Life

Best Actor: Winner: Micahel Fassbender “A Dangerous Method,” “Jane Eyre,” “Shame,” and “X-Men: First Class” Runner-up: Michael Shannon “Take Shelter”

Best Actress: Winner: Yun Jung-Hee “Poetry” Runner-up: Kirsten Dunst “Melancholia”

Best Supporting Actor: Winner: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners” Runner-up: Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult”

Best Supporting Actress: Winner: Jessica Chastain, “Coriolanus,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “The Tree of Life” Runner-up: Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”

Best Director: Winner: Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life” Runner-up: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

Best Screenplay: Winner: Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation.” Runner-up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”

Best Documentary/Non-fiction Film: Winner: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” Runner-up: “The Arbor”

Best Foreign-Language Film: Winner: “City of Life and Death” Runner-up: “A Separation”

Best Animated Film: Winner: Rango Runner-up: The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Best Cinematography: Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life” Runner-Up: Cao Yu, “City of Life and Death”

Best Production Design: Winner: Dante Ferretti, “Hugo” Runner-Up: Maria Djurkovic, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Music/Score: Winner: The Chemical Brothers, “Hanna” Runner-Up: Cliff Martinez, “Drive”

Career Achievement: Doris Day

Douglas E. Edwards Award for Independent/Experimental Film/Video: “Spark of Being”

New Generation Award: The creative team behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond and Elizabeth Olsen)