Bringing up the rear on a day already filled with critics groups announcing film awards, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle has chosen Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life as the best film of 2011.
Aside from choosing Albert Brooks as Best Supporting Actor, Rango as Best Animated Feature and Tree of Life for Best Cinematography, the group went in a different direction from most of its predecessors
Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin were honored for their lead performances, while Vanessa Redgrave was named Best Supporting Actress for Coriolanus.
A list of the San Francisco critics' awards follows: Best Picture: The Tree of Life Best Director: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive Best Supporting Actress: Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus Best Original Screenplay: J. C. Chandor, Margin Call Best Adapted Screenplay: Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Best Animated Feature: Rango Best Foreign Language Film: Certified Copy Best Documentary: Tabloid Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life Special Citation for underappreciated independent cinema: The Mill and the Cross Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community: National Film Preservation Foundation.
In another critics group announcement, the Detroit Film Critics Society and the Houston Film Critics Society revealed not their awards, but nominations for awards that will be announced later.
The full Detroit list can be found at the group's website; its Best Picture slate consists of The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo, The Tree of Life and Take Shelter, the last of which surprisingly led all films with six nominations. Other unexpected choices included Nicolas Winding Refn as Best Director for Drive and Felicity Jones as Best Actress for Like Crazy.
The Houston selections include Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Drive and Win Win in the 10-film Best Picture category, and Andy Serkis' motion-captured performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes in the Best Supporting Actor field.
The Houston group's website is undergoing renovation, but the full list can be found at In Contention.