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'Tree of Life,' 'A Separation' Lead Village Voice Poll, 'Margaret' Lands Three Wins

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 21, 2011 at 2:02PM

"The Tree of Life" has won yet another victory, topping the annual Village Voice critics poll and winning best director for Terrence Malick. The film was followed by Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation"; Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" came in third.
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The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life

"The Tree of Life" has won yet another victory with critics, topping the annual Village Voice film poll and winning best director for Terrence Malick. The film was followed by Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation"; Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" came in third. Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" also fared well with this sample of 95 critics, earning Screenplay and Actress and Supporting Actress nods for Anna Paquin and Jeannie Berlin, respectively. (I did not vote for the long-delayed post-9/11 film.) The poll's weighted passion index is explained, and individual critics' votes listed, here.

Adding much-needed wins are Best Actor Michael Shannon ("Take Shelter") and Supporting Actor Albert Brooks  ("Drive"). Best Undistributed Film went to Alex Ross Perry's "The Color Wheel," First Feature to Sean Durkin's "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Documentary to "The Interrupters," Animated Feature to "Rango," and  Worst Film to Mark Pellington's "I Melt with You," which I will take off my screener pile. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.