Film News: Awards Season in Full Gear With LAFCA, NYFCO, SFFCC Winners

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CHICAGO – The winner announcements keep flying in as the award season for film swings into full gear. This past weekend, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO), and San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC) all took their turns awarding the best in film for 2011.

Three different films walked home with the top prize, Best Feature, showing that the field is still wide open for who may take home the Academy Award’s top prize this year. The LAFCA gave the win to Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” the NYFCO named “The Artist” as the top film, and the SFFCC awarded “The Tree of Life” with the top prize.

As far as directing goes, both the LAFCA and the SFFCC gave the Best Director award to Terrence Malick for his direction of “The Tree of Life.” The NYFCO, on the other hand, aligned its best picture with its best director in naming “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius the top directing award.

In the performer categories, three males were heard consistently through the three different awards. At the SFFCC awards, Gary Oldman took the Best Actor Award while finishing as a runner-up in the NYFCO awards, who named Michael Shannon the best actor. Another runner-up at the NYFCOs was Michael Fassbender, who was named Best Actor at the LAFCA awards. Shannon was runner up at the LAFCAs. As far as supporting actor awards, Albert Brooks won the NYFCO award and the SFFCC award for his role in “Drive,” while Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) beat runner-up Patton Oswalt (“Young Adult”) at the LAFCA awards.

Another name that was heard multiple times this weekend was Jessica Chastain, who won Best Supporting Actress at the LAFCA awards and Breakthrough Performer at the NYFCOs. The awards were given for her roles in “The Tree of Life,” “The Help,” “The Debt,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” and “Coriolanus.” Quite a year for the young star. staff writer Tim Martens

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