Central Ohio critics rev up "Drive" as top movie of 2011

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Golden Globes? Meh. And screw the Oscars. The real award Hollywood should care about are the COFCAs.

The Central Ohio Film Critics Association - of which I and fellow frequent Alive movie critic Melissa Starker are members - announced the winners of our 2011 awards last night at the Gateway Film Center.

If you'd like to see the nominees and all the winners presented in dramatic fashion, enjoy this video:

I know I voted in this, but I'm pretty thrilled with what the group chose to honor for the most part, especially our pick for "Drive" as film of the year. (I had it at a close No. 2 on the year behind "Melancholia".)

Here's a complete rundown of the winners. The Academy should take notes.

Best Film

1. Drive

2. Martha Marcy May Marlene

3. Take Shelter

4. Melancholia

5. The Descendants

6. Midnight in Paris

7. The Tree of Life

8. The Artist

9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

10. Hugo

Best Director

-Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

-Runner-up: Lars von Trier, Melancholia

Best Actor

-Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

-Runner-up: Ryan Gosling, Drive

Best Actress

-Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene

-Runner-up: Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Best Supporting Actor

-Christopher Plummer, Beginners

-Runner-up: Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress

-Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

-Runner-up: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life

Best Ensemble

-Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

-Runner-up: The Descendants

Actor of the Year (for an exemplary body of work)

-Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields,

and The Tree of Life

-Runner-up: Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Drive, and The Ides of March

Breakthrough Film Artist

- Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive (for directing)

-Runner-up: Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields,

and The Tree of Life (for acting)

Best Cinematography

-Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

-Runner-up: Manuel Alberto Claro, Melancholia

Best Adapted Screenplay

-Steven Zaillian, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

-Runner-up: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Best Original Screenplay

-Ben Ripley, Source Code

-Runner-up: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best Score

-The Chemical Brothers, Hanna

-Runner-up: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Documentary

-Cave of Forgotten Dreams

-Runner-up: Project Nim

Best Foreign Language Film

-Of Gods and Men (Des homes et des dieux)

-Runner-up: The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito)

Best Animated Film

-Arthur Christmas

-Runner-up: Winnie the Pooh

Best Overlooked Film


-Runner-up: Beginners

Previous Best Film winners:

2002: Punch-Drunk Love

2003: Lost in Translation

2004: Million Dollar Baby

2005: A History of Violence

2006: Children of Men

2007: No Country for Old Men

2008: WALL·E

2009: Up in the Air

2010: Inception