The Best and Worst of 2011

The author’s considered best/worst in each category are listed in bold italics with an asterisk (*). The listed links will take you to more detailed reviews of each film.

The 10 Best Films

  1. The Tree of Life
  2. The Skin I Live In
  3. The Woman
  4. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  5. Snowtown
  6. The Adjustment Bureau
  7. The Fairy
  8. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  9. Michael
  10. In Time

Worst Films

  1. Blubberella
  2. Xombies 3D
  3. Suing the Devil
  4. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  5. Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter

Best Director

Pedro Almodovar – The Skin I Live In
Mike Flanagan – Absentia
Justin Kurzel – Snowtown
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life (*)
Lynne Ramsay – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Tarsem Singh Dhandwar – Immortals

Best Original Screenplay

The Fades (*)
In Time
Midnight in Paris
Red State
Sound of My Voice

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Adjustment Bureau (*)
Batman: Year One
The Skin I Live In

Best Actor

Sean Bridgers – The Woman
Michael Fuith – Michael
Daniel Henshall – Snowtown
Anthony Hopkins – The Rite
Neil Maskell – Kill List
Michael Parks – Red State (*)

Best Actress

Emily Blunt – The Adjustment Bureau
Jessica Chastain – Take Shelter and The Tree of Life
Elle Fanning – Super 8
Fiona Gordon – The Fairy
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (*)
Brit Marling – Sound of My Voice

Best Supporting Actor

John Goodman – Red State (*)
Dakota Goyo – Real Steel
Daniel Kaluuya – The Fades
Ben Kingsley – Hugo
Ezra Miller – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actress

Rosanna Arquette – The Divide (*)
Alison Brie – Scre4m
Jennifer Ehle – Contagion
Charlotte Rampling – Melancholia
Sophie Wu – The Fades

Best Cinematography

Midnight in Paris (*)
The Resident
The Tree of Life
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Special Effects

Battle Los Angeles
Green Lantern
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (*)

Best Makeup Effects

Final Destination 5
Green Lantern
The Thing (*)

Best Production Design

Captain America: The First Avenger
Green Lantern
Hugo (*)