TIME has chosen Brad’s work as the best of 2011

The Top 10 Everything of 2011

In 54 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad, of the past 12 months

1. Brad Pitt for The Tree of Life, Moneyball and Happy Feet Two

Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2011

Forty-eight on Dec. 18, he still hears the music of dreamboat squeals from his fans. Now an alto chorus of critical approval has joined the Brad Pitt symphony. The New York Film Critics Circle gave him its Best Actor award for two exceptional performances. In The Tree of Life he plays Mr. O’Brien, a demanding father of three boys; he loves them but is unable to express it, barking out commands, because that’s what a father does, when he wants nothing more than to hold them and be held in their esteem. In Moneyball, Pitt plays the sort of man Mr. O’Brien might wish he could be: Billy Beane, the real-life general manager of the Oakland As, who has a vision (of reviving his team with the smart application of statistics), knows how to communicate it and gets instant results. While Pitt poured his considerable star quality into playing Beane, he also got results as the film’s producer, spending years coaxing the adaptation of Michael Lewis’s best seller through many rewrites and three directors (finally settling on Bennett Miller). We’ll add a third Pitt accolade: he does deliciously comic voice work as Will the Krill in Happy Feet Two. What actor this year could equal the man who has everything?

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Nominations overlook!

Gosh so many, here’s a small update and overlook of the nominations. For the fellow nominees just follow the appropriate links. There we will also post the results when available. Thanks Gabriella, Mickey and Danielle. So yea, sign up for the forum, just email me (see info on the right).

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”

“The Tree of Life”

“Moneyball” – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

“The Tree of Life” – Emmanuel Lubezki

“The Tree of Life” – Production Designer: Jack Fisk, Art Director: David Crank

“The Tree of Life”

“The Tree of Life”

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St. Louis Film Critics Award
Best Film
Tree of Life

Best Director
Terrence Malick for Tree of Life

Best Actor
Brad Pitt for Moneyball

Best Supporting Actor
Jonah Hill for Moneyball

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain for Tree Of Life

Best Original Screenplay
Terrence Malick for Tree Of Life

Best Adapted Screenplay
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin and Michael Lewis (book) for Moneyball

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki for Tree Of Life

Best Visual Effects
Tree Of Life

Best Music
Tree of Life

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Detroit Film critics Society
Best picture
The tree of life

Best director
Terrence malick – the tree of life

Best actor
Brad pitt – moneyball

Breakthrough performance
Jessica chastain – the help/take shelter/the tree of life

Best screenplay
moneyball – aaron sorkin & steven zaillian

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Houston Film critics
Best Picture
The Tree of Life, Fox Searchlight

Best Director
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Actor
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

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Brad Pitt, Celebrity and a Random Act of Kindness

I was invited to a special screening for Moneyball on the Sony lot. If you’ve never been there, or don’t live on the Westside, it’s quite a trek out to Culver City. I’m almost always late, and I can’t find the right driveway, not ever. Once on the lot, I often get lost trying to find the right theater, and then get lost again trying to find my car. It’s never my favorite place to see a movie (that would be the Academy’s theater on Wilshire in Beverly Hills – it’s the place movie lovers call Heaven) because I hate driving those freeways – the 405, the 10, Overland exit, Motor Avenue and then finally, there’s Sony. But it was worth it this time because I was getting to see one of the best films of 2011: Moneyball.

The special screening at Sony meant that Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill were going to be there for a Q&A. It’s hard to get people out to Sony to see Moneyball now, after it’s had its box office run – they didn’t pay to see it so why would they drive all the way out to Culver City to see it? Well, obviously because it was a chance to sit in the same room with one of the most splendid among us. The only catch was that they had to watch Moneyball first.

Read more. Must read. Thanks Anu.

• x004 November 27 – Moneyball – Culver City, CA. Thanks Anu.
• x001 Photoshoots > Set 210. Thanks Maria.

FYI. The BP Press section has also been updated! Thanks Gabriella.

NYC’s Film Critics Circle Award

National Board of Review Awards, Jan. 10, will vote George Clooney best actor. Tilda Swinton, best actress. “Hugo,” picture. Scorsese, director. Ensemble, “The Help.” This sparkliest of pre-season Oscar snoozes, where every winner always shows, is at Cipriani.

Clooney buddy Brad Pitt is here the night before grabbing NYC’s Film Critics Circle Award for “Moneyball.” They hope he’ll lay over — pardon the phrase — and be Clooney’s presenter.

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