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AFI Unveils Top Ten Movies of 2011; LA, NY, San Francisco, Boston Film Critics Name Winners

As awards season rolls on, four critic circles named their best of 2011 while the American Film Institute (AFI) unveiled their top ten movies of 2011.

We'll being with AFI's list which includes the usual group of suspects.
AFI Movies of the Year: Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, Hugo, J. Edgar, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse.
Special awards for outstanding achievement were given to The Artist and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
And then, there is the various critics circles.
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named The Descendants Best Picture with The Tree of Life as runner-up. Best Animation was given to Rango, with Tintin at second. Terrance Malick was named Best Director for The Tree of Life while Martin Scorsese came in second. Best Actor went to Michael Fassbender for a quartet of performances – A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class. Michael Shannon's performance in Take Shelter earned him runner-up honors.
Best Actress was a break from the normal. Yun Jung-hee was chosen over Kristen Dunst. Yun starred in the foreign drama Poetry, which had a limited theatrical run back in February.
Supporting Actor and Actress nods went to Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Jessica Chastain (Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, Tree of Life). Patton Oswalt (Young Adult) and Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) were named runners-up.
San Francisco's film critics gave The Tree of Life three nods in Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Gary Oldman and Tilda Swinton won the Best Actor and Actress categories, respectively while Albert Brooks and Vanessa Redgrave(Coriolanus) won in their respective supporting acting categories.
Boston and New York critics both named The Artist Best Picture, but split on Best Director. Boston gave it to Scorsese (Hugo) while New Yorkers went with Michael Hazanavicius for The Artist.
Brad Pitt and Michelle Williams were named Best Actor and Actress, respectively by Boston while New York critics chose Michael Shannon and Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady). Supporting acting wins went to Albert Brooks and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) from both groups.
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