Democracy Still Ain't Pretty... But It Gets The Job Done

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So, once again the Detroit Film Critics Society got together and rendered their year-end verdict. The society is 20 strong and includes anyone who writes or reports about film within a 150 mile radius of Detroit. To be honest, we should probably be called the Michigan Film Critics Society but, frankly, it doesn't sound half as cool.

The nominating stage offered up a few surprises but nothing ground breaking. We made the fanboys happy with our nomination of Edgar Wright for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and the film's director even tweeted: "Detroit, you know I've always loved you" after getting word.

The final results put us in sync with other societies with regard to best flick, but there were a few surprises as well - namely the love we gave to Winter's Bone. Out of the eight categories I only voted with the membership twice (actor and ensemble), and despite my Herculean efforts, I failed to get Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop (my fave of 2010) on the list.

We've handed Colin Firth the acting award for two years running now. I think it's about time he brought his limey ass to Motown and returned the love.

What were your favorites of the year?

BEST FILM

Winner: THE SOCIAL NETWORK

127 HOURS

INCEPTION

THE KING’S SPEECH

WINTER’S BONE

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner: DANNY BOYLE – 127 HOURS

DAVID FINCHER – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

DEBRA GRANIK – WINTER’S BONE

TOM HOOPER –THE KING’S SPEECH

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN – INCEPTION

EDGAR WRIGHT – SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

BEST ACTOR

Winner: COLIN FIRTH – THE KING’S  SPEECH

JEFF BRIDGES – TRUE GRIT

JESSE EISENBERG – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

JAMES FRANCO – 127 HOURS

RYAN GOSLING – BLUE VALENTINE

BEST ACTRESS

Winner: JENNIFER LAWRENCE – WINTER’S BONE

NICOLE KIDMAN – RABBIT HOLE

CAREY MULLIGAN – NEVER LET ME GO

NATALIE PORTMAN – BLACK SWAN

MICHELLE WILLIAMS – BLUE VALENTINE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Winner: CHRISTIAN BALE – THE FIGHTER

ANDREW GARFIELD – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

JOHN HAWKES – WINTER’S BONE

SAM ROCKWELL – CONVICTION

MARK RUFFALO – THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

GEOFFREY RUSH – THE KING’S SPEECH

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Winner: AMY ADAMS – THE FIGHTER

HELENA BONHAM CARTER – THE KING’S SPEECH

GRETA GERWIG - GREENBERG

MELISSA LEO – THE FIGHTER

JACKI WEAVER – ANIMAL KINGDOM

BEST ENSEMBLE

Winner: WINTER’S BONE

THE FIGHTER

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

THE KING’S SPEECH

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Winner: JENNIFER LAWRENCE – WINTER’S BONE

ANDREW GARFIELD – THE SOCIAL NETWORK/NEVER LET ME GO

GRETA GERWIG - GREENBERG

CHLOE MORETZ – KICK-ASS/LET ME IN

MIA WASIKOWSKA – THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

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