Awards season is officially in full-swing, with this morning’s announcements of the Gotham Awards winners and the full list of nominees for the upcoming Independent Spirit Awards. Now it’s the critics’ turn, as the New York Critics Circle have unveiled their list for the best in film of 2011. The Artist took home the top two prizes (Best Picture and Director), solidifying its status as an Oscar frontrunner. Brad Pitt was named Best Actor for his work in Moneyball and The Tree of Life, with the former also taking the Best Screenplay prize for Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian. As for Best Actress, the undeniably talented Meryl Streep took the honor for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
In the supporting categories, Albert Brooks was recognized for his dastardly role in Drive, while the prolific Jessica Chastain was named Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Tree of Life, The Help, and Take Shelter. While The Artist was already running into the Oscars with a good deal of steam, Moneyball‘s two wins give the film a much needed boost heading into the thick of awards season. Hit the jump to see the full list of winners.
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian – Moneyball
Brad Pitt – Moneyball, The Tree of Life
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor:
Albert Brooks – Drive
Best Supporting Actress:
Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter
Emmanuel Lubezki – The Tree of Life
Best Nonfiction Film:
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Best Foreign Language Film:
Best First Feature: