Pic also wins best director, music prize

Chalk up another win the black-and-white silent pic “The Artist.” New York Film Critics Online voted the film best pic of 2011, as well as honoring helmer Michael Hazanavicius with the directing prize and composer Ludovic Bource with best use of music.

Acting honors went to Michael Shannon for his turn in “Take Shelter” and Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady,” while supporting nods went to Albert Brooks in “Drive” and Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids.” The brash comedy also won for best ensemble.

Other wins include “The Descendants” scribes Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash won best screenplay, “The Adventures of Tintin” for best toon and “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” for best docu.

The NY Film Critics Online voted on Dec. 11.

And the winners are:

FILM
“The Artist”

DIRECTOR
Michael Hazanavicius for “The Artist”

ACTOR
Michael Shannon for “Take Shelter”

ACTRESS
Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Albert Brooks for “Drive”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Tree of Life” – Emmanuel Lubezki

SCREENPLAY
“The Descendants” – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE
“A Separation”

DOCUMENTARY
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

ANIMATED FEATURE
“The Adventures of Tintin”

USE OF MUSIC
“The Artist” – Ludovic Bource

BREAKOUT PERFORMER
Jessica Chastain for “The Tree of Life, “The Help,”The Debt,” “Take Shelter”

DEBUT AS DIRECTOR
Joe Cornish for “Attack the Block”

ENSEMBLE CAST
“Bridesmaids”

TOP PICTURES OF 2011 (alphabetical)
• “The Artist” (The Weinstein Company)
• “The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
• “Drive” (Film District)
• “The Help” (Dreamworks Pictures)
• “Hugo” (Paramount Pictures)
• “Melancholia” (Magnolia Pictures)
• “Midnight in Paris” (Sony Pictures Classics)
• “Take Shelter” (Sony Pictures Classics)
• “The Tree of Life” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
• “War Horse” (Dreamworks Pictures)

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