'The Artist' Named Best Picture by Boston Film Critics

Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:43pm EST

The Boston Society of Film Critics has named Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white silent film "The Artist" the best film of 2011.

Martin Scorsese won the group's best director award for "Hugo."

Lead acting awards went to Brad Pitt for "Moneyball" and Michelle Williams for "My Week With Marilyn."

In the supporting categories, the critics honored Albert Brooks for "Drive" and, in something of a surprise, Melissa McCarthy for "Bridesmaids." The ensemble cast award went to Roman Polanski's "Carnage," whose cast consisted of Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet.

Sean Durkin was named Best New Filmmaker for "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret," which many of the critics did not get a chance to see, was runner up in three different categories, including Best Picture, according to the BSFC Twitter feed.

One particularly unconventional choice came in the editing category, where the winner was the 24-hour art installation "The Clock," which consists of painstakingly selected scenes from films in which onscreen clocks give the correct time every minute for an entire day.

The BSFC consists of 18 critics based in the Boston area.  Last year, "The Social Network" swept its awards, with wins for picture, director, actor, screenplay and music. In only won in the last two of those categories at the Oscars.

Overall, four of the last five Boston winners and five of the last eight have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Boston on February 2.

The winners (runners-up are not officially announced but were indicated by the BSFC on Twitter):

Best Picture: "The Artist"

     Runners-up: "Hugo" and "Margaret"

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

     Runner-up: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

Best Actor: Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"

     Runners-up: George Clooney, "The Descendants" and Michael Fassbender, "Shame"

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"

     Runner-up: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, "Drive"

     Runner-up: Max Von Sydow, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"

     Runner-up: Jeannie Berlin, "Margaret"

Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, "Moneyball"

     Runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, "Margaret"

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "The Tree of Life"

     Runner-up: Robert Richardson, "Hugo"

Best Documentary: "Project Nim"

     Runner-up: "Bill Cunningham New York"

Best Foreign-Language Film: "Incendies"

     Runners-up: "A Separation" and "Poetry"

Best Animated Film: "Rango"

Best Film Editing:  Christian Marclay, "The Clock"

     Runner-up: Thelma Schoonmaker, "Hugo"

Best New Filmmaker: Sean Durkin, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

     Runner-up: J.C. Chandor, "Margin Call"

Best Ensemble Cast: "Carnage"

     Runner-up: "Margaret"

Best Use of Music in a Film: (tie) "Drive" and "The Artist"

     Runner-up: "The Descendants"

Special Commendations:

Ben Fowlie, Sara Archambault and Sean Flynn of DocYard

The Museum of Fine Arts for "The Clock"

The Brattle Film Foundation

Best Rediscoveries:

"The Shooting" at the Harvard Film Achive

"The Makota Sisters" at the Museum of Fine Arts

"Deep End" at the HFA

"Days and Nights in the Forest" at the HFA

"Children of Hiroshima" at the HFA

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