‘The Artist’ tops Las Vegas Film Critics Society’s Sierra Awards

Jean Dujardin, left, and Berenice Bejo in a scene from "The Artist." The movie won Best Picture in the Las Vegas Film Critics Society's annual Sierra Awards.

It’s a big day for movie awards. Not only did the Broadcast Film Critics Association announce the nominees for its annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards today, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society announced the winners of its Sierra Awards. I vote in both groups, so I always like to publicize the winners.

“The Artist” was the big Sierra Awards winner, nabbing five honors, including Best Picture. The male star of the film, Jean Dujardin, picked up Best Actor, and the movie also nabbed Best Score, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.

“Hugo” also performed well, winning awards for Best Family Film and Best Film Editing and helping its young star, Asa Butterfield, take the Youth In Film honor.

Following is a complete list of winners, plus the Las Vegas Film Critics Society list of the top 10 films of 2011.

LVFCS 2011 Sierra Award Winners

Best Picture
“The Artist”

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Best Actress
Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”

Best Director
Nicholas Winding Refn, “Drive”

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)
Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin, “Moneyball”

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Tree of Life”

Best Film Editing
Thelma Schoonmaker, “Hugo”

Best Score
Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”

Best Song
“Man or Muppet” – Written by Bret McKenzie

Best Family Film
“Hugo”

Best Documentary
“Project NIM”

Best Animated Film
“Rango”

Best Foreign Film
“13 Assassins”

Best Costume Design
Mark Bridges, “The Artist”

Best Art Direction
Gregory S. Hooper, “The Artist”

Best Visual Effects
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Youth in Film
Asa Butterfield, “Hugo”

Best DVD (Packaging, Design and Content)
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (Blu-ray)

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award
Albert Brooks

LVFCS 2011 Top 10 List

The Artist
Hugo
Moneyball
The Descendents
Drive
The Help
50/50
Midnight in Paris
Shame
Warrior

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3 responses to “‘The Artist’ tops Las Vegas Film Critics Society’s Sierra Awards

  1. Some attention for 50/50 and Bridesmaids is always appreciated given they don’t run parallel with Awards films.

    If you don’t mind my asking what are the criteria for joining the Las Vegas Film Critics?

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  2. Was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo screened before you voted?

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  3. In answer to the questions:

    Members of the LVFCS essentially have to be critics who have their reviews published or aired somewhere in Nevada. There is an approval process, but we’re pretty inclusive, as long as those who apply are legitimate critics with a voice in the Silver State.

    “Dragon Tattoo” wasn’t screened for the Reno, NV, members, and we make up about 40% of the Society. I’m not sure if the members who actually live in Las Vegas got to see it.

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