Well, I wouldn’t argue with this for a second. “The Artist,” an enchanting black-and-white valentine to Old Hollywood, was just named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle. Its director, Michel Hazanavicius, was also voted best director. I saw this movie in Toronto back in September and fell in love with it; if I were to name a sole favorite of the year, “The Artist” would definitely be a contender and quite possibly the winner. (I do an alphabetical top 10 instead; to avoid comparing apples and oranges — and to avoid getting my forehead all lined trying to figure out which movie is the year’s 4th best, as opposed to the 5th best, which just seems silly.) Anyway, good job, NYFCC. The group moved up their voting this year, presumably to be the first group out of the gate with their awards. (Somewhere, the National Board of Review is gnashing their teeth.)
Other winners from the NYFCC: Brad Pitt for best actor (“Moneyball” and “Tree of Life”), Meryl Streep for best actress (“The Iron Lady”), Albert Brooks for supporting actor (“Drive”), Jessica Chastain for supporting actress (for a tripleheader: “Tree of Life,” “The Help,” and “Take Shelter”). Best cinematography went to “Tree of Life” (Emmanuel Lubezki), screenplay to “Moneyball” (Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin); Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” won best non-fiction film; “A Separation” best foreign-language film, and “Margin Call” best first feature.
“The Artist” will open in Seattle theaters December 25th. “The Iron Lady” doesn’t yet have a firm local opening date, but will likely be sometime in January; “A Separation” is due in February.
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Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo reach out to the camera — and to our hearts — in “The Artist” (Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company).