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2017, 20162015201420132012, 2011 (The Tree of Life, below) ...  2010200920082007200620052004200320022001
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1988198719861985198419831982198119801975-791970-741965-69
1960-641955-591950-541940-491930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index

2011: Year In Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

  1. The Tree of Life (dir: Terrence Malick)
  2. A Separation (dir: Asghar Farhadi)
  3. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives (dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  4. House of Pleasures (dir: Bertrand Bonello)
  5. The Skin I Live In (dir: Pedro Almodovar)
  6. Le Havre (dir: Aki Kaurismäki)
  7. Beginners (dir: Mike Mills)
  8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (dir: Tomas Alfredson)
  9. Melancholia (dir: Lars Von Trier)
  10. You're Next (dir: Adam Wingard)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): 50/50 (dir: Jonathan Levine), Bernie (dir: Richard Linklater), Bridesmaids (dir: Paul Feig), Captain America: The First Avenger (dir: Joe Johnston), Contagion (dir: Steven Doerbergh), A Dangerous Method (dir: David Cronenberg), Drive (dir: Nicolas Winding Refn), Margaret (dir: Kenneth Lonergan), Martha Marcy May Marlene (dir: Sean Durkin), Take Shelter (dir: Jeff Nichols), Tomboy (dir: Celine Sciamma) and Weekend (dir: Andrew Haigh)

Best Film of the Year: The Tree of Life
Director: Terrence Malick Producers: Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohland

US Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Terrence Malick's Tree of Life

Terrence Malick's Tree of Life

Best Director:
1. Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
2. Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
3. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Unclee Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives

4. Pedro Almodovar, The Skin I Live In
5. Bertrand Bonello, House of Pleasures

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Gary Oldman in Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman in Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actor:
1. Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
2. Jack Black, Bernie
3. Hunter McCracken, The Tree of Life
4. Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
5. Brad Pitt, Moneyball


Kirsten Dunst and John Hurt in Lars von Trier's Melancholia

Kirsten Dunst and John Hurt in Lars von Trier's Melancholia

Best Actress:
1. Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia

2. Leila Hatami, A Separation
3. Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
4. Anna Paquin, Margaret
5. Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids


Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life

Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life
2. Christopher Plummer, Beginners
3. Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris

4. Albert Brooks, Drive
5. Vincent Cassel, A Dangerous Method


Rose Byrne (left) and Kristen Wiig in Paul Feig's Bridesmaids

Rose Byrne (left) and Kristen Wiig in Paul Feig's Bridesmaids

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Rose Byrne, Bridesmaids
2. Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

3. Elle Fanning, Super 8
4. Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
5. Anna Kendrick, 50/50


Leila Hatami and Peyman Moaadi in Asghar Farhadi's A Separation

Leila Hatami and Peyman Moaadi in Asghar Farhadi's A Separation

Best Original Screenplay:
1. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
2. Beginners ­– Mike Mills
3. Melancholia – Lars von Trier
4. The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick

5. Weekend — Andrew Haigh


Elena Anaya and Roberto Alamo in Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In

Elena Anaya and Roberto Alamo in Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In

Best Adapted Screenplay: 
1. The Skin I Live In
 – Pedro Almodovar and Agustin Almodovar
2. Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy — Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor
3. Mysteries of Lisbon – Carlos Saboga
4. Moneyball – Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chevrin
5. Drive – Hossein Amini

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Hunter McCracken and Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life 

Hunter McCracken and Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life 

Best Cinematography:
1. The Tree of Life Emmanuel Lubezki
2. Drive – Newton Thomas Sigel
3. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives — Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
4. House of Pleasures – Josee Deshaies
5. Melancholia – Manuel Alberto Claro

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Ryan Gosling and an assailant in Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive

Ryan Gosling and an assailant in Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive

Best Original Score:
1. Drive – Cliff Martinez
2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
3. The Skin I Live In – Alberto Iglesias
4. Contagion — Cliff Martinez
5. You're Next
– Mads Heldtberg, Jasper Justice Lee and Kyle McKinnon

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Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken and Tye Sheridan in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life

Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken and Tye Sheridan in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life

Best Film Editing:
1. The Tree of Life – Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber and Mark Yoshikawa
2. Contagion — Stephen Mirrione
3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy — Dino Jonsater
4. Drive – Mat Newman
5. Super 8 – Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

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Blondin Miguel in Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre

Blondin Miguel in Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre

Best Production Design:
1. Le Havre — Wouter Zoon

2. Hugo — Dante Ferreti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana MacDonald
4. House of Pleasures — Alain Guffroy
5. The Skin I Live In — Anxton Gomez and Vincente Diaz


Celine Sallette, Adele Haenel and Jasmine Trinca in Bertrand Bonello's House of Pleasures

Celine Sallette, Adele Haenel and Jasmine Trinca in Bertrand Bonello's House of Pleasures

Best Costume Design:
1. House of Pleasures — Anaïs Romand

2. The Skin I Live In — Paco Delgado
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — Trish Summerville
4. Hugo — Sandy Powell
5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy — Jacqueline Durran


Best Documentary Feature: Wim Wenders, Pina
Best Animated Feature: Gore Verbinski, Rango

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Best Ensemble Cast: House of Pleasures
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene 

Best Ensemble Cast (dir: Bertrand Bonello; in alphabetical order): Alice Barnole, Xavier Beauvois, Adele Haenel, Hafsia Herzi, Noemie Lvosky, Jacques Nolot, Celine Sallette, Jasmine Trinca and Iliana Zabeth

Best First Feature: Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene


the year-end project:
2017, 2016201520142013,
2012, 2011 ...  2010
2009200820072006200520042003,
20022001
200019991998199719961995199419931992, 199119901989
1988198719861985198419831982198119801975-791970-741965-69
1960-641955-591950-541940-491930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index