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"Melancholia," Pitt, Dunst Win Film Critics Awards

Posted Sunday January 8, 2012 7:24 AM GMT

With the Hollywood awards season in full swing, the 46th National Society of Film Critics Awards winners were announced on Saturday night (January 7).

Selecting the best in cinema from 2011, the National Society of Film Critics picked Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" as the Best Picture of the year with "The Tree of Life" and "A Separation" placing second and third, respectively.

As for the individual accolades, Brad Pitt garnered Best Actor honors for his work in "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life" while Kirsten Dunst was named as Best Actress thanks to her role in "Melancholia".

Withe Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks winning in the Supporting Actress/Actor fields, the complete list of National Society of Film Critics Awards winners is as follows:

BEST PICTURE
1. Melancholia – 29 (Lars von Trier) - WINNER
2. The Tree of Life – 28 (Terrence Malick)
3. A Separation – 20 (Asghar Farhadi)

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Terrence Malick – 31 (The Tree of Life) - WINNER
2. Martin Scorsese – 29 (Hugo)
3. Lars von Trier – 23 (Melancholia)

BEST ACTOR
1. Brad Pitt – 35 (Moneyball, The Tree of Life) - WINNER
2. Gary Oldman – 22 (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
3. Jean Dujardin – 19 (The Artist)

BEST ACTRESS
1. Kirsten Dunst – 39 (Melancholia) - WINNER
2. Yun Jung-hee – 25 (Poetry)
3. Meryl Streep – 20 (The Iron Lady)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Albert Brooks – 38 (Drive) - WINNER
2. Christopher Plummer – 24 (Beginners)
3. Patton Oswalt – 19 (Young Adult)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Jessica Chastain – 30 (The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help) - WINNER
2. Jeannie Berlin – 19 (Margaret)
3. Shailene Woodley – 17 (The Descendants)

BEST NONFICTION
1. Cave of Forgotten Dreams – 35 (Werner Herzog) - WINNER
2. The Interrupters – 26 (Steve James)
3. Into the Abyss – 18 (Werner Herzog)

BEST SCREENPLAY
*1. A Separation – 39 (Asghar Farhadi) - WINNER
2. Moneyball – 22 (Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin)
3. Midnight in Paris – 16 (Woody Allen)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
1. A Separation – 67 (Asghar Farhadi) - WINNER
2. Mysteries of Lisbon – 28 (Raoul Ruiz)
3. Le Havre – 22 (Aki Kaurismäki)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. The Tree of Life – 76 (Emanuel Lubezki) - WINNER
2. Melancholia – 41 (Manuel Alberto Claro)
3. Hugo – 33 (Robert Richardson)

EXPERIMENTAL
Ken Jacobs, for “Seeking the Monkey King” - WINNER

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