For the record, the best film I’ve seen so far this year, which also contains the two best female acting performances, is Incendies. But since it was nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar last year, thereby making it ineligible for competition this year, I’m not counting it in this wrap up.
There’s a lot of repetition in these categories, but that’s simply because we haven’t been offered anything else truly worthy. Yet.
Titles link to my original reviews.
The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life
In the kicker of my original review, I warned readers that they’ll be hard pressed to find a better American movie this year than Terrence Malick’s love-it-or-hate-it work of art. Months later, I’m sticking by that statement. For now.
Honorable Mention: The Double Hour, a twisty, turny, little-seen, quasi masterpiece that left theaters as quickly as it entered them. The little attention this movie received is heartbreaking. The fact that it still doesn’t have a DVD release date is devastating.
Quite simply, I just don’t know how he did it.
Honorable Mention: Michael Winterbottom – The Trip
By year’s end, my pick for Best Actor will undoubtedly change, but damn if Pitt didn’t nail it.
Honorable Mention: Demián Bichir – A Better Life
Kseniya Rappoport – The Double Hour
Honorable Mention: Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life
Best Supporting Actor
Yeah, I liked this flick… a lot.
Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
One of the best comedic performances I've seen in years. McCarthy, however, took it beyond mere comedy; she gave her character a heart.
Honorable Mention: I have seen none better than McCarthy.
Honorable Mention: The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick
Cave of Forgotten Dreams – Werner Herzog
Honorable Mention: Tabloid – Errol Morris
Best Everything Technical
If Emmanuel Lubezki doesn’t win Best Cinematography for this movie, there is something seriously wrong with the Oscars (other than the eye rolling choice of host).
Top 10 of 2011 So Far
Stay tuned for my Fall Movie Preview.