Sam C. Mac 2011

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"For the last six years or so I've been a film and music (and occasionally theater) critic in some capacity or another. I've freelanced for some local print publications as well as a slew of online outlets (The Playlist, Pop Matters), and through it all I've run my own site, In Review Online, as its Editor-in-Chef. In October of 2012, however, I stepped down at InRO. My future plan entails leaving my home of the last several years here in Brooklyn, New York, and starting a new gig in the Middle Kingdom. I've signed onto a year-long contract as an English teacher in Jinhua, China, which will sadly take me away from my desired field as an arts critic --- but, well, such are the times. The goal is to save a bit of money during this period, have a unique life experience, and eventually, find my way back to New York, hopefully when the jobs market is a little better and I'm a lot more financially well off. Despite all of that, though, I know film will remain a big part of this new phase in my life. And, as ever, I'm honored to be again invited to participate in the Muriels poll. Check the space below to find the information you've probably come seeking -- my favorites of 2011, spanning a whole range of Oscar-y categories." -- Sam

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. The Tree of Life 
2. Meek's Cutoff 
3. To Die Like a Man 
4. Love Exposure 
5. Margaret 
6. House of Pleasures 
7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 
8. Certified Copy 
9. Le Havre 
10. Beginners

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Hunter McCracken (The Tree of Life) 
2. Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) 
3. Riley O'Bryan (Impolex) 
4. Woody Harrelson (Rampart) 
5. Tom Hardy (Warrior)

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Anna Paquin (Margaret) 
2. Monica Del Carmen (Leap Year) 
3. Zo Hran (Tomboy) 
4. Juliette Binoche (Certified Copy) 
5. Ellen Barkin (Shit Year)

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Bruce Greenwood (Meek's Cutoff)
2. Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life) 
3. Christopher Plummer (Beginners) 
4. Colin Firth (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) 
5. John C. Riley (Terri)

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Elle Fanning (Super 8) 
2. Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia) 
3. Jessica Chastain (The Debt) 
4. Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) 
5. Hayden Panettiere (Scream 4)

Best Direction
1. Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) 
2. Joo Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man) 
3. Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff) 
4. Bertrand Bonello (House of Pleasures) 
5. Sion Sono (Love Exposure) 

Best Screenplay 
1. Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) 
2. Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret) 
3. Mike Mills (Beginners) 
4. Jonathan Raymond (Meek's Cutoff)
5. Sion Sono (Love Exposure) 

Best Cinematography 
1. Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life) 
2. Chris Blauvelt (Meek's Cutoff) 
3. Hoyte Van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) 
4. Pierre Gill (Polytechnique)
5. Peter Zeitlinger (Cave of Forgotten Dreams)

Best Editing 
1. Various Editors (The Tree of Life) 
2. Jun'ichi It (Love Exposure) 
3. Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) 
4. Aaron Katz (Cold Weather) 
5. Grant Surmi (Tabloid) 

Best Music 
1. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) 
2. Tom Rowlands & Ed Simons (Hanna) 
3. Michael Giacchino (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) 
4. Keegan Dewitt (Cold Weather) 
5. Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) 

Best Cinematic Moment 
1. The Accident (Margaret) 
2. Up on 'Calvary' with Baby Dee (To Die Like a Man)  
3. "You'll Be Grown Before This Tree Is Tall" (The Tree of Life) 
4. "Are You an Appliance?" "No, I'm a Man" (Bridesmaids) 
5. Tristan and Isolde: The End Is the Beginning Is the End (Melancholia) 
6. You Say Train Wreck, I Say "Production Value"! (Super 8) 
7. 1 Cor. 13 Recited on the Beach (Love Exposure) 
8. Frank Langella and Bruno Ganz in the Same Room (Unknown) 
9. 'Nights in White Satin' Dance (House of Pleasures) 
10. A Literary Debate in a Car (The Guard)

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Jessica Chastain 
2. Kelly Reichardt 
3. Elizabeth Olsen 
4. Emily Browning 
5. Kristen Wiig 

Best Body of Work
1. Sion Sono
2. Jessica Chastain 
3. Werner Herzog 
4. Michael Fassbender 
5. Michael Giacchino 

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 
2. Heartbeats 
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 
4. Melancholia 
5. The Guard 

Best Web-Based Criticism

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 2001
1. Mulholland Dr.  
2. Millennium Actress 
3. What Time Is It There? 
4. Fat Girl 
5. The Royal Tenenbaums

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1986
1. Blue Velvet
2. The Time to Live and the Time to Die 
3. The Fly 
4. Matador 
5. Summer

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1961
1. Viridiana  
2. One Hundred and One Dalmatians 
3. Jules and Jim 
4. Yojimbo 
5. West Side Story

Special Award: Best Film of the 1990s
1. Close Up 
2. The Thin Red Line 
3. Days of Being Wild
4. Beau Travail 
5. Breaking the Waves
6. Short Cuts 
7. Ashes of Time 
8. In the Heat of the Sun 
9. A Brighter Summer Day 
10. The Wind Will Carry Us

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