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Some of the Best Films of 2011

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I just filed my best films of 2011 votes for Indiewire’s Criticwire poll. I kind of hate putting these lists together. I can tell you I missed a great many films this year that probably deserve to be on this list. I’ll have more thoughts to share on the year soon, but I thought I would post the list I sent in this morning. See also my Best of 5771: Film at Heeb Magazine.

Best Films

  1. Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
  2. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
  3. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier)
  4. Attack the Block (Joe Cornish)
  5. Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
  6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt)
  7. Turkey Bowl (Kyle Smith)
  8. Blackthorn (Mateo Gil)
  9. The Descendants (Alexander Payne)
  10. Bellflower (Evan Glodell)

Top Lead Performances

  1. George Clooney, The Descendants
  2. Christoph Waltz, Carnage
  3. Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  4. Sam Shepard, Blackthorn
  5. Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Top Supporting Performances

  1. Uggie, The Artist

Best Director

Martin Scorsese

Best Undistributed Films

  • Bad Fever (Dustin Guy Defa)
    • For the record, Kentucker Audley’s performance in Bad Fever was the best of the year, but as it hasn’t played for at least a week, he is ineligible.
  • Policeman (Nadav Lapid)

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