PopMatters Film Blog Celebrates the Films and Performances of 2011 With Its Own Unique Acknowledgments.
They're giving out the Oscars in two days, and for most immersed in the world of movie fandom, it's the end of a long, if often very predictable road. The Artist will walk away with some undeserving accolades, the battle between Viola Davis and Meryl Streep will finally be resolved, and everyone will scratch their head over one oddball acknowledgement (the only question is - which category will it come from?). There will be the requisite 'lifetime achievement award' for an otherwise ordinary performance (we're looking at you, Christopher Plummer) and Billy Crystal will prove, once and for all, that his reign as favored host has less to do with his contemporary ability to make people laugh and more with the recent rash of hilariously awful decisions on who should act as the show's senior guide (James Franco and Ann Hathaway? Really?).
That's why, a few years ago, we invented the SE&L Awards. It was our way of looking at the end of the awards season and not want to scream at the various injustices. Indeed, it seems like each and every time a group gets together and doles out the accolades, something or someone that made the year tolerable gets kicked to the curb. With the SE&LS, we can settle those differences and divvy up the prizes in a far more fair fashion. The rules here are simple - we do not acknowledge those already picked out by their peers for AMPAS recognition. They got their piece of paper - others deserve their mention. Secondly, we don't pigeonhole a performance or production. If a foreign film was the Best of 2012, we will celebrate it- even if we later go back and pick another international entry in its own category.
Finally, like all critical determinations, this is personal. While we'd like the think the Oscars are as clued in as we are, the truth remains a far more individualized ideal. So, without further ado, here are our selections for 2012's SE&L Awards:
The Last Circus
Best Director - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Actor - Take Shelter
Best Actress - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Supporting Actor - Hugo
Maggie Elizabeth Jones
Best Supporting Actress - We Bought a Zoo
Lars Von Trier
Best Script - Melancholia
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
The Adventures of Tintin
Best Animated Feature
I Saw the Devil
Best Foreign Film
Best Guilty Pleasure