Movie awards season has officially kicked off, with the New York Film Critics Circle naming the winners of their best-of-the-year accolades. Silent experimental French film The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicus, took the top prize:
Best Film: "The Artist"
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicus, "The Artist"
Best Actor: Brad Pitt, "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life"
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, "Drive"
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, "The Tree of Life," "The Help" and "Take Shelter"
Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, "Moneyball"
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "The Tree of Life"
Best Foreign Language Film: "A Separation"
Best Nonfiction Film: "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"
Best First Feature: "Margin Call"
Special Award (posthumous): Raoul Ruiz
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