Online Film Critics Society Shows Love to THE TREE OF LIFE with 5 Awards including Best Picture

     January 2, 2012


The Online Film Critics Society has chosen The Tree of Life as the Best Picture of 2011.  OFCS also awarded the film Best Director (Terrence Malick), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Editing, and Best Cinematography.  At this point, it’s looking like The Tree of Life has enough steam to pick up an Oscar nomination for Best Picture since the Academy has the option of nominating up to ten films for the top prize.

OFCS did agree with my choices for Best Actor (Michael Fassbender for Shame) and Best Actress (Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk about Kevin).  In addition to being a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, I’m also a member of OFCS.  I only voted Tree of Life for Best Cinematography, but I don’t mind it winning other awards because I understand why other critics have dug the flick.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

the-tree-of-life-movie-poster-02Best Picture:

The Tree of Life

Best Animated Feature:


Best Director:

Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

Best Lead Actor:

Michael Fassbender – Shame

Best Lead Actress:

Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Best Supporting Actress:

Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life

Best Original Screenplay:

Midnight in Paris

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

Best Editing:

The Tree of Life

Best Cinematography:

The Tree of Life

Best Film Not in the English Language:

A Separation

Best Documentary:

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Special Awards (previously announced):

To Jessica Chastain, the breakout performer of the year

To Martin Scorsese in honor of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at

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