Best Film in 2011: ‘The Artist’, plus more of the year’s best

Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo in Michael Hazanavicius’ ‘The Artist’

By Ray Bennett

Here are my choices for the best in film in 2011. Some of these films will be released in the UK over the next couple of months but they are all eligible for the major awards.

Best Film 2011

1. The Artist

2. The Descendants

3. War Horse

4. Midnight In Paris

5. Submarine

6. Rango

7. Like Crazy

8. Coriolanus

9. Drive

10. The Guard

Honorable mentions: The Help, The Ides Of March, Like Crazy.

Best Director 2011

Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist; Alexander Payne, The Descendants; Steven Spielberg, War Horse; George Clooney, The Ides Of March; Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris

Honorable mentions: Richard Ayoade, Submarine; Drake Doremus, Like Crazy; John Michael McDonagh, The Guard

Best Actor 2011

George Clooney, The Descendants; Jean Dujardin, The Artist; Ryan Gosling, Drive; Brad Pitt, Moneyball; Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Honorable mentions: Ralph Fiennes, Coriolanus; Peter Mullan, Tyrannorsaur; Owen Wilson, Midnight In Paris,

Best Actress 2011

Anna Paquin, Margaret; Bérénice Bejo, The Artist; Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo; Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy Mae Marlene; Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Honorable mentions: Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur; Viola Davis, The Help; Felicity Jones, Like Crazy.

Best Supporting Actor 2011

Christopher Plummer, The Beginners; Jonah Hill, Moneyball; Mark Ruffalo, Margaret; Kevin Spacey, Margin Call; Nick Krause, The Descendants

Best Supporting Actress 2011

Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus; Shailene Woodley, The Descendants; J. Smith-Cameron, Margaret; Jessica Chastain, The Help; Sally Hawkins, Submarine

Best Newcomers 2011

Yasmin Paige, Submarine; Craig Roberts, Submarine; Jeremy Irvine, War Horse

Best Animated Picture 2011: Rango

Best Foreign Language Film 2011Honey

Key dates:

Golden Globes: Jan. 15; Orange British Academy Film Awards nominations: Jan. 17; London Film Critics’ Circle Awards: Jan. 19; Oscar nominations: Jan. 24; BAFTA awards: Feb. 12; Film Independent’s Spirit Awards: Feb. 25; Oscars: Feb. 26.

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