SEE PICTURES FROM THE 2011 CHICAGO FILM CRITICS AWARDS CEREMONY HELD JAN. 7, 2012
PICTURE: The Tree of Life
DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick (-) The Tree of Life
ACTOR: Michael Shannon (-) Take Shelter
ACTRESS: Michelle Williams (-) My Week With Marilyn
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks (-) Drive
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain (-) The Tree of Life
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Artist (-) Michel Hazanavicius
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Moneyball (-) Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin
CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Tree of Life (-) Emmanuel Lubezki
ORIGINAL SCORE: Drive (-) Cliff Martinez
ANIMATED FEATURE: Rango
DOCUMENTARY: The Interrupters
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: A Separation
PROMISING PERFORMER: Elizabeth Olsen (-) Martha Marcy May Marlene
PROMISING FILMMAKER: Sean Durkin (-) Martha Marcy May Marlene
View the complete list of nominees here.
After years of speculation and delays, "The Tree of Life," Terrence Malick's long-awaited film that took viewers from the beginning of time to 1950s Texas, proved to be worth the wait, according to the Chicago Film Critics Association.The CFCA gave "Tree of Life" four awards including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress for newcomer Jessica Chastain and Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki.
The violent neo-noir "Drive" won Supporting Actor for comedian Albert Brooks for his change-of-pace turn as a ruthless crime boss, and Original Score for composer Cliff Martinez. With two wins, "Drive" tied with "Martha Marcy May Marlene," the moody indie drama about a young woman haunted by her experiences with a cult. Star Elizabeth Olsen won Most Promising Performer. Director Sean Durkin receiving the Most Promising Filmmaker award.
Michael Shannon was named Best Actor for his performance as a man tormented by visions of the possible apocalypse in the drama "Take Shelter." Michelle Williams won the Best Actress award for her stunning turn as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn.""The Artist," the black & white silent comedy from France about an actor unwilling to make the transition to talkies won Original Screenplay for Michel Hazanavicius. Screenwriters Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin won the Adapted Screenplay prize for "Moneyball." (This marks Sorkin's second consecutive victory in his category. He won last year for "The Social Network.") The Iranian drama "A Separation" won Foreign-Language Film. Chicago critics named the trippy comedy "Rango" Best Animated Film. "The Interrupters," the powerful film following a group of people trying to stamp out violence Chicago's most violent neighborhoods, won Best Documentary.
The CFCA will be handing out honorary awards to some well-known recipients to celebrate their contributions to cinema. Legendary actress Shirley MacLaine will receive the Commitment to the Craft Award.James Earl Jones will be presented with the Oscar Michaeux Award. The Commitment to Chicago goes to beloved character actor Dennis Farina. The Big Shoulders Award will be given to Chicago's comedy institution Second City. Finally, the newly created Commedia Extraordinaire Award to acknowledge work in the often over-looked field of screen comedy, will be given to Jason Segel for his past achievements and for his efforts to bring the Muppets back to the big screen.
The award ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at Chicago'sBroadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.