"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.