Best of 2011 In Film: The Definitive List of Top Tens

Here we are: my Top Tens in the major award categories, including Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture. I included my Top 25 for Best Picture. Also, click the movie titles to read my original reviews of these film. Enjoy.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
10. Michael Giacchino, Super 8
9. Hans Zimmer, Rango
8. Roger Neill, Dave Palmer, & Brian Reitzell, Beginners
7. Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
6. Steven Price, Attack the Block
5. Jonny Greenwood, We Need To Talk About Kevin
4. Patrick Doyle, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
3. Howard Shore, Hugo
2. John Williams, War Horse
1. The Chemical Brothers, Hanna

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
10. Andrew Lesnie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
9. Adam Stone, Take Shelter
8. Janusz Kaminski, War Horse
7. Alwin Kuchler, Hanna
6. Manuel Alberto Claro, Melancholia
5. Hoyte Van Hoytema, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
4. Seamus McGarvey, We Need To Talk About Kevin
3. Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
2. Newton Thomas Sigel, Drive
1. Robert Richardson, Hugo

BEST SCREENPLAY:
10. John Logan, Rango
9. Joe Cornish, Attack the Block
8. John Logan, Hugo
7. Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
6. Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
5. Lynne Ramsay and Rory Kinnear, We Need To Talk About Kevin
4. Hossein Amini, Drive
3. Jonathan Levine, 50/50
2. Mike Mills, Beginners
1. Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
10. Carey Mulligan, Drive
9. Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
8. Elle Fanning, Super 8
7. Berenice Bejo, The Artist
6. Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
5. Anjelica Huston, 50/50
4. Melanie Laurent, Beginners
3. Sareh Bayat, A Separation
2. Cate Blanchett, Hanna
1. Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
10. Kevin Spacey, Margin Call
9. Albert Brooks, Drive
8. Nick Nolte, Warrior
7. Ben Kingsley, Hugo
6. Tom Hollander, Hanna
5. Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris
4. Hunter McCracken, The Tree of Life
3. Rob Brydon, The Trip
2. Christopher Plummer, Beginners
1. Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

BEST ACTRESS:
10. Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
9. Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
8. Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
7. Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
6. Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method
5. Saoirse Ronan, Hanna
4. Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
3. Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
2. Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy
1. Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin

BEST ACTOR:
10. Tom Hardy, Warrior
9. Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
8. George Clooney, The Descendants
7. Joel Edgerton, Warrior
6. Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life
5. John Boyega, Attack the Block
4. Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. Ryan Gosling, Drive
2. Will Ferrell, Everything Must Go
1. Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

BEST DIRECTOR:
10. Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
9. Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
8. Mike Mills, Beginners
7. Gore Verbinski, Rango
6. Joe Wright, Hanna
5. Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
4. Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter
3. Lynne Ramsay, We Need To Talk About Kevin
2. Martin Scorsese, Hugo
1. Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

BEST FEATURE FILM:
25. Captain America: The First Avenger
24. A Dangerous Method
23. Super 8
22. Tree of Life
21. A Separation
20. Everything Must Go
19. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
18. Melancholia
17. Muppets
16. Midnight in Paris
15. 50/50
14. Attack the Block
13. Warrior
12. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
11. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
10. Certified Copy
9. Rango
8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
7. Hanna
6. We Need To Talk About Kevin
5. The Trip
4. Beginners
3. Hugo
2. Take Shelter
1. Drive

SPECIAL AWARD:
To Werner Herzog, for releasing two sensational documentaries, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Into the Abyss, in the same year.

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~ by russellhainline on February 5, 2012.

2 Responses to “Best of 2011 In Film: The Definitive List of Top Tens”

  1. Interesting take on a top 10. Drive is a definite fave – especially the soundtrack for me. Sacrilege how Ryan Gosling didn’t get any awards (as far as I know…).
    Maybe his good looks caused some major wacky hallucination in all the voters – that they were so overcome by his amazingness that they lost sight of reality and forgot to vote for him….or not.

  2. 3D is SO much improved since the first try. Hugo and Tin Tin were both amazing. Glad you liked them, too!

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