My Final Best of 2011 Lists

by George Watches Things

Today, 2011 officially ends here on the blog. I will name the best things I saw all year, segregated into special categories. The pretty pictures are at the bottom of the page. Enjoy.

Best Art Direction

  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  2. Hugo
  3. Poetry
  4. The Tree of Life
  5. Weekend

Best Cinematography

  1. Poetry
  2. Weekend
  3. The Tree of Life
  4. Drive
  5. Hugo

Best Sound

  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  2. The Tree of Life
  3. Hugo
  4. Attack the Block
  5. Drive

Best Editing

  1. Hugo
  2. The Tree of Life
  3. Drive
  4. Poetry
  5. Weekend

Best Documentary

Please note: I am considering The Interrupters as 2012.

  1. The Arbor
  2. Woody Allen: A Documentary
  3. Life in a Day
  4. Bill Cunningham New York
  5. The Dotted Line

Best Foreign Film

  1. Poetry
  2. In a Better World
  3. Certified Copy
  4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  5. Even the Rain

Best Ensemble Cast

  1. Attack the Block
  2. The Descendants
  3. Drive
  4. The Tree of Life
  5. Terri
  6. Cedar Rapids
  7. The Arbor
  8. The Help
  9. Margin Call
  10. Bridesmaids

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Moneyball
  2. The Descendants
  3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  4. Drive
  5. 13 Assassins

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Poetry
  2. Another Earth
  3. Weekend
  4. Certified Copy
  5. Midnight in Paris
  6. Terri
  7. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  8. Win Win
  9. The Trip
  10. In a Better World

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life
  2. John C. Reilly, Terri
  3. Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  4. Ryan Phillippe, The Lincoln Lawyer
  5. Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Cedar Rapids
  6. Christopher Plummer, Beginners
  7. Albert Brooks, Drive
  8. Creed Bratton, Terri
  9. Chris Henry Coffey, Trust
  10. Stanley Tucci, Margin Call

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
  2. Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
  3. Octavia Spencer, The Help
  4. Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
  5. Jodie Whittaker, Attack the Block
  6. Emily Blunt, The Adjustment Bureau
  7. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia
  8. Jessica Chastain, The Help
  9. Carey Mulligan, Drive
  10. Allison Janney, The Help

Best Actor

  1. George Clooney, The Descendants
  2. Michael Parks, Red State
  3. Brad Pitt, Moneyball
  4. Tom Cullen/Chris New, Weekend
  5. Mikael Persbrandt, In a Better World
  6. Ryan Gosling, Drive
  7. Kevin Spacey, Margin Call
  8. John Boyega, Attack the Block
  9. Asa Butterfield, Hugo
  10. Andreas Lust, The Robber

Best Actress

  1. Yun Jung-Hee, Poetry
  2. Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy
  3. Manjinder Virk, The Arbor
  4. Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
  5. Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  6. Viola Davis, The Help
  7. Brit Marling, Another Earth
  8. Catherine Deneuve, Potiche
  9. Liana Liberato, Trust
  10. Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Best Director

  1. Martin Scorsese, Hugo
  2. Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
  3. Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
  4. Lars von Trier, Melancholia
  5. Chang-dong Lee, Poetry
  6. Andrew Haigh, Weekend
  7. Alexander Payne, The Descendants
  8. Mike Cahill, Another Earth
  9. Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  10. David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Picture

Please note: I am considering The Artist as 2012, so you’ll see it on next year’s list.

  1. Poetry
  2. Hugo
  3. Drive
  4. Weekend
  5. The Tree of Life
  6. Trust
  7. Attack the Block
  8. Moneyball
  9. In a Better World
  10. The Descendants


The Arbor: Best Documentary

Attack the Block: Best Ensemble Cast

Bridesmaids: Best Supporting Actress (Melissa McCarthy)

The Descendants: Best Actor (George Clooney)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Best Art Direction, Best Sound

Hugo: Best Editing, Best Director (Martin Scorsese)

Moneyball: Best Adapted Screenplay

Poetry: Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Jung-Hee), Best Picture

The Tree of Life: Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt)