Houston Film Critics Nominations


Best Picture

  • Drive, Film District
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Warner Bros.
  • Midnight in Paris, Sony Pictures Classics
  • Take Shelter, Sony Pictures Classics
  • The Artist, The Weinstein Company
  • The Descendants, Fox Searchlight
  • The Help, Dreamworks & Touchstone
  • The Tree of Life, Fox Searchlight
  • War Horse, Dreamworks & Disney
  • Win Win, Fox Searchlight

Best Director

  • Alexander Payne, The Descendants
  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive
  • Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best Actor

  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist
  • Michael Fassbender, Shame
  • Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress

  • Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
  • Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
  • Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Viola Davis, The Help

Supporting Actor

  • Albert Brooks, Drive
  • Alex Shaffer, Win Win
  • Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Supporting Actress

  • Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help
  • Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Screenplay

  • Alexander Payne, Nat Foxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Tom McCarthy, Win Win
  • Will Reiser, 50/50
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best Cinematography

  • Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
  • Guillaume Schiffman, The Artist
  • Janusz Kaminski, War Horse
  • Robert Richardson, Hugo
  • Thomas Newton Segel, Drive

Best Song

  • “Lay Your Head Down,” from Albert Nobbs, music & lyrics by B. Bryne & G. Close
  • “Life’s a Happy Song,” from The Muppets, music & lyrics by Bret McKenzie
  • “Star-Spangled Man,” from Captain America, music & lyrics by Alan Menken
  • “The Living Proof,” from The Help, music & lyrics by Mary J. Blige
  • “Think You Can Wait,” from Win Win, music & lyrics by The National

Best Score

  • Alexandre Desplat, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Harry Escott, Shame
  • John Williams, The Adventures of Tin-Tin
  • John Williams, War Horse
  • Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Best Foreign Film

  • 13 Assassins, Magnet Releasing
  • Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, New Video
  • I Saw the Devil, Magnet Releasing
  • The Artist, The Weinstein Company
  • The Skin I Live In, Sony Pictures Classics

Best Documentary

  • Buck, Sundance Selects
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams, IFC Films
  • Project Nim, Lionsgate
  • The Elephant in the Living Room, NightFly Entertainment
  • Undefeated, The Weinstein Company

Best Animated

  • Adventures of Tin-Tin, Dreamworks
  • Happy Feet Two, Warner Bros.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2, Dreamworks
  • Puss in Boots, Dreamworks
  • Rango, Paramount
  • Winnie the Pooh, Disney

Worst Film of the Year

  • Jack and Jill, Columbia
  • Red Riding Hood, Warner Bros.
  • The Sitter, 20th Century Fox
  • The Smurfs, Columbia
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, Summit Entertainment
  • Your Highness, Universal

2011 Humanitarian Honor – Joanne Herring
2011 – Lifetime Achievement – Jeff Bridges