SEFCA picks The Descendants, Clooney, Streep and ignores The Beaver

December 19, 2011

I helped certify these results. Like making sausage.

The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) has named ‘The Descendants’ the Best Film of 2011. Director Alexander Payne’s bittersweet account of a Hawaiian land trustee facing the truth about his marriage earned three awards, including Best Actor for George Clooney and Best Adapted Screenplay. ‘The Descendants’ was also runner-up in the categories of Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley). [Complete list of winners at end of story.]

Meryl Streep won Best Actress for her role as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady.’ Best Supporting Acting honors went to Christopher Plummer as an elderly father who comes out of the closet in ‘Beginners,’ and Janet McTeer as a cross-dressing woman in 19th century Ireland in ‘Albert Nobbs.’ Martin Scorsese won Best Director for ‘Hugo,’ his 3-D homage to the pioneers of cinema, while Woody Allen’s time-travel comedy ‘Midnight in Paris’ won Best Original Screenplay.

Other winners include James Marsh’s account of an ill-fated primate experiment, ‘Project Nim’ as Best Documentary; the Iranian drama of a failed marriage, ‘A Separation’ for Best Foreign Language Film;’ the Western homage ‘Rango’ as Best Animated film; and Terence Malick’s moody memory tale ‘The Tree of Life’ for Best Cinematography.

‘The Help,’ Tate Taylor’s dramedy about race relations in Jim Crow era Mississippi, won Best Ensemble, as well as the 7th annual Wyatt Award in recognition of a film that best embodies the spirit of the South. “Our on-line discussions in the past weeks proved quite passionate both for and against ‘The Help,’” says SEFCA president Curt Holman, “but the fact that cracked our list of Top 10 Best Films testifies to its enthusiastic support by a majority.” Wyatt Award runner-up were the high school football documentary Undefeated, followed by The Tree of Life.

The association’s 20th annual awards saw ballots from 47 members, all film journalists working in print, radio and on-line media in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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


2 Comments

  • Comment by keith71_98 — Dec 19,2011 at 2:02 pm

    WOW! “The Beaver” did get shut out as did “Take Shelter” and “Melancholia”. I hate to cast judgement considering there are several pictures I have yet to see, but it’s still a little flustering. In many ways I understand why “The Descendants” is getting a lot of praise. But I also feel it’s a film with certain issues that didn’t exactly work for me. Oh well, I know I need to see “The Artist”, “The Iron Lady”, “Albert Knobbs”, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”, and “War Horse”.

  • Comment by keith71_98 — Dec 19,2011 at 2:04 pm

    Also curious about “Tin Tin” and “A Dangerous Method”.

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