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St. Louis film critics name winners

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 19, 2011 - "The Artist," a French silent movie about Hollywood in the silent era, has been named Best Film of 2011 by the St. Louis Film Critics, an association of more than three dozen area journalists who review movies.

"The Artist," which co-stars John Goodman as a cigar-chewing Hollywood producer, opens in St. Louis Dec. 23.

The runner-up was "The Descendants," which stars George Clooney as a real estate lawyer in Hawaii who is struggling to reconnect with his family. It is already in theaters.

Here is a full list of the winners.

Best Film
"The Artist"
runner-up: "The Descendants"

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist")
runner-up: Terrence Malick ("Tree of Life")

Best Actor
George Clooney ("The Descendants")
runner-up: Ryan Gosling ("Drive")

Best Actress
Rooney Mara ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo")
runners-up - tied: Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Michelle Williams ("My Week With Marilyn")

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks ("Drive")
runner-up: Alan Rickman ("Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2")

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo ("The Artist")
runners-up - tied: Octavia Spencer ("The Help") and Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants")

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Kaui Hart Hemmings (novel) for "The Descendants"
runner-up: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin and Michael Lewis (book) for "Moneyball"

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki ("Tree Of Life")
runners-up - tied: Jeff Cronenweth ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") and Janusz Kaminski ("War Horse")

Best Visual Effects
"Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
runner-up: "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes"

Best Music
"The Artist"
runner-up: "Drive"

Best Foreign-Language Film
"13 Assassins"
runner-up: "Winter in Wartime"

Best Documentary
"Being Elmo"
runner-up: "Tabloid"

Best Comedy
"Bridesmaids"
runner-up: "Midnight In Paris"

Best Animated Film
"The Adventures of Tintin"
runner-up: "Rango"

Best Art-House or Festival Film
"We Need To Talk About Kevin"
runner-up: "Win Win"

Best Scene
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo": the opening credits
runner-up: "The Artist": the dance scene finale

The full list of nominees

Harper Barnes, the author of Never Been A Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked The Civil Rights Movement, is a special contributor to the Beacon. 

Harper Barnes
Harper Barnes' most recent book is Never Been A Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked The Civil Rights Movement

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