Charles Lyons 2011

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Charles is a freelance film critic and essayist currently based in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a staff critic for From the Front Row and Battleship Pretension, and has recently been accepted to contribute to The House Next Door and Not Coming to a Theater Near You, where he will begin writing shortly. In the past, he has written for a number of publications, online and print alike, including In Review Online, Film for the Soul, and a bevy of local outlets. Charles also regularly covers a number of small-scale film festivals, such as the Provincetown International Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

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Best Feature-Length Film 
1. The Tree of Life
2. Certified Copy
3. In the Family
4. Beginners
5. Jane Eyre
6. Weekend
7. Poetry
8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
9. Le Havre
10. Leap Year  

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Patrick Wang, In the Family
2. Tom Cullen, Weekend
3. Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
4. Michael Fassbender, Shame
5. Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Best Lead Performance, Female 
1. Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy
2. Yun Jeong-hie, Poetry
3. Jodie Foster, Carnage
4. Monica del Carmen, Leap Year
5. Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Supporting Performance, Male 
1. Christopher Plummer, Beginners
2. Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
3. Tom Hardy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
4. Chris New, Weekend
5. Trevor St. John, In the Family  

Best Supporting Performance, Female 
1. Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
2. Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
3. Amy Ryan, Win Win
4. Evelyne Didi, Le Havre
5. Kathy Burke, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Direction 
1. Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
2. Abbas Kiarostami, Certified Copy
3. Mike Mills, Beginners
4. Denis Villeneuve, Polytechnique
5. Patrick Wang, In the Family

Best Screenplay 
1. Abbas Kiarostami, Certified Copy
2. Patrick Wang, In the Family
3. Andrew Haigh, Weekend
4. Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. Lee Chang-dong, Poetry  

Best Cinematography 
1. Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
2. Pierre Gill, Polytechnique
3. Ula Pontikos, Weekend
4. Anthony Dod Mantle, The Eagle
5. Adriano Goldman, Jane Eyre 

Best Editing
1. Elwaldo Baptiste, In the Family
2. Dino Jonsäter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. Various, The Tree of Life
4. Jacopo Quadri, El Sicario: Room 164
5. Richard Comeau, Polytechnique

Best Music 
1. Alexandre Desplat, The Tree of Life
2. The Chemical Brothers, Hanna
3. Jeff Grace, Meek’s Cutoff
4. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
5. Various, Le Havre

Best Cinematic Moment 
1. The deposition, In the Family
2. The creation, The Tree of Life
3. Watching the neighbors, Leap Year
4. Final sequence of events, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. A conversation in a cafe, Certified Copy
6. First-person tragedy, Senna
7. The cellphone! It’s alive! (and the preceding shot), Carnage
8. Confrontation between Ganz and Langella, Unknown
9. A pair of calm-before-the-storm long shots: the fraternity safe haven and the cafeteria, Polytechnique
10. Peering into the lives of others, Hugo

Best Cinematic Breakthrough 
1. Patrick Wang
2. Kevin Macdonald
3. Mike Mills
4. Michael Rowe
5. Peter Bo Rappmund

Best Body of Work 
1. Steven Spielberg (director, War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin)
2. Michael Fassbender (actor, Jane Eyre, Shame, and A Dangerous Method)
3. Colin Farrell (actor, Horrible Bosses and Fright Night)
4. Jamie Bell (actor, The Eagle and Jane Eyre)
5. Stanley Tucci (actor, Margin Call and Captain America: The First Avenger)

Best Ensemble Performance 
1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
2. Le Havre
3. Bridesmaids
4. Carnage
5. In the Family

Best Web-Based Criticism 

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