Film Honors: 2011

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Actress Support

Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)
Jessica Chastain (The Help)
Carey Mulligan (Shame)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

Actor Support

Albert Brooks (Drive)
John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
Shahab Hosseini (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

Cast Ensemble

Bridesmaids
The Help
Melancholia
Midnight in Paris
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Score Composing

Mychael Danna (Moneyball)
Harry Escott (Shame)
Thomas Newman (The Help)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons (Hanna)

Sound Design

Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hanna
Insidious
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Directing

Susanne Bier (Hævnen)
Asghar Farhadi (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
Denis Villeneuve (Incendies)

Special Effects

Captain America: The First Avenger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Picture Editing

Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hanna
Medianeras
Melancholia

Cinematography

Manuel Alberto Claro (Melancholia)
Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)
Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
Newton Thomas Sigel (Drive)
André Turpin (Incendies)

Actor Lead

Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
George Clooney (The Descendants)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Mikael Persbrandt (Hævnen)

Costume Design

The Artist
The Help
Hugo
Jane Eyre
Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec

Set Design

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Actress Lead

Lubna Azabal (Incendies)
Viola Davis (The Help)
Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Screenwriting Adapted

Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian (Moneyball)
Pedro Almodóvar (La piel que habito)
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (The Descendants)
Denis Villeneuve, Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (Incendies)
Steven Zaillian (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Screenwriting Original

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Asghar Farhadi (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
Anders Thomas Jensen, Susanne Bier (Hævnen)
John Michael McDonagh (The Guard)
Gustavo Taretto (Medianeras)

Motion Picture

The Descendants (Alexander Payne) USA
Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn) USA
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher) USA / Sweden
Hævnen (Susanne Bier) Denmark / Sweden
Incendies (Denis Villeneuve) Canada
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Asghar Farhadi) Iran
La piel que habito (Pedro Almodóvar) Spain
Medianeras (Gustavo Taretto) Argentina
Melancholia (Lars von Trier) Denmark / Sweden / France / Germany
Moneyball (Bennett Miller) USA

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