The Year in Movies

Rating everything from 2011's most unnecessary sequel to its coolest action sequence

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Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director—meh, save those titles for February, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decides, once and for all, indisputably, what the best films of 2011 were.

For now, though, The Atlantic's Entertainment channel contributors have come up with a few alternate awards categories for this past year's movies. What was the worst use of 3D technology this year? What was the best unpleasant film to watch? Read on:

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The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

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An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

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