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National Society of Film Critics Picks 'Melancholia,' Dunst; 'Tree of Life,' 'A Separation' Win Multiple Awards

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2012 at 4:51PM

One of my ongoing fantasies has the new preferential Oscar ballot leading to a huge surprise: Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" makes it onto the best picture list, and Cannes-winner Kirsten Dunst knocks out one of the best actress contenders.
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The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life
Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia
Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia

One of my ongoing fantasies has the new preferential Oscar ballot leading to a huge surprise: Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" makes it onto the best picture list, and Cannes-winner Kirsten Dunst knocks out one of the best actress contenders. It's unlikely, but there's still a week to go before ballots are due on Friday, January 13. And the 58-member National Society of Film Critics award to "Melancholia" will point voters to one of the best-reviewed, most gloriously cinematic movies of the year.

Best actor winner Brad Pitt is already a lock for an Oscar slot for "Moneyball"--the NFS also named him for "The Tree of Life," as well as Jessica Chastain for supporting actress (also for "The Help" and "Take Shelter") , Emanuel Lubezki for cinematography and Terrence Malick as best director; Martin Scorsese ("Hugo") and Trier were runner-ups. Coming in second may not be the boost Gary Oldman needs for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." But Albert Brooks stays on course for a supporting nod for" Drive."

Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation" came in third for best picture and won both screenplay and foreign language film.

In the doc category Werner Herzog registered twice, winning for last year's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" and coming in third for this years's "Into the Abyss."

Full list of winners, runner-ups and votes are below.


BEST PICTURE
*1. Melancholia  - 29 (Lars von Trier)
2. The Tree of Life – 28 (Terrence Malick)
3.  A Separation  - 20 (Asghar Farhadi)

BEST DIRECTOR
*1. Terrence Malick – 31 (The Tree of Life)
2. Martin Scorsese – 29 (Hugo)
3. Lars von Trier – 23 (Melancholia)

 BEST ACTOR
*1. Brad Pitt – 35  (Moneyball, The Tree of Life)
2. Gary Oldman – 22 (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
3. Jean Dujardin – 19 (The Artist)

BEST ACTRESS
*1. Kirsten Dunst – 39 (Melancholia)
2. Yun Jung-hee – 25 (Poetry)
3. Meryl Streep – 20 (The Iron Lady)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
*1.  Albert Brooks - 38 (Drive)
2. Christopher Plummer – 24 (Beginners)
3. Patton Oswalt – 19 (Young Adult)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*1. Jessica Chastain – 30 (The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help)
2. Jeannie Berlin – 19 (Margaret)
3. Shailene Woodley – 17 (The Descendants)

BEST NONFICTION
*1. Cave of Forgotten Dreams – 35 (Werner Herzog)
2. The Interrupters – 26 (Steve James)
3. Into the Abyss – 18 (Werner Herzog)

BEST SCREENPLAY
*1. A Separation – 39  (Asghar Farhadi)
2. Moneyball – 22 (Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin)
3. Midnight in Paris – 16 (Woody Allen)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
*1. A Separation – 67 (Asghar Farhadi)
2. Mysteries of Lisbon – 28 (Raoul Ruiz)
3. Le Havre – 22 (Aki Kaurismäki)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
*1. The Tree of Life – 76 (Emanuel Lubezki)
2. Melancholia – 41 (Manuel Alberto Claro)
3.  Hugo – 33 (Robert Richardson)

EXPERIMENTAL

Ken Jacobs, for “Seeking the Monkey King.”  

FILM HERITAGE
1. BAMcinématek for its complete Vincente Minnelli retrospective  with all titles shown on 16 mm. or 35 mm. film.
2. Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema for the restoration of the color version of George Méliès’s “A Trip to the Moon.”  
3. New York’s Museum of Modern Art for its extensive retrospective of Weimar Cinema.
4. Flicker Alley for its box set “Landmarks of Early Soviet Film.”
5. Criterion Collection for its 2-disc DVD package “The Complete Jean Vigo.”
 

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