The OFCS Award Winners 2011

As mentioned in a post earlier last week, Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second are now a member of a critics circe, the OFCS (The Online Film Critics Society), and the second of January saw the unveiling of the OFCS’s 2011 awards. As you can no doubt guess, we’re rather pleased with the results. Here’s the press release, further commentary can be found below. 

The Tree of Life, which led the Online Film Critics Society nominations with seven, was the big winner at the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards. The film took home the prize for Best Picture as well as trophies for Best Director (Terrence Malick), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Editing and Best Cinematography. No other film won more than one award.

The other three acting winners were Michael Fassbender winning Best Actor for his performance in Shame; Tilda Swinton’s work in We Need to Talk About Kevin won the award for Best Actress; and Christopher Plummer received the Best Supporting Actor prize for his work in Beginners.
The full list of winners of the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards:

Best Picture:

The Tree of Life

Best Animated Feature:


Best Director:

Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

Best Lead Actor:

Michael Fassbender – Shame

Best Lead Actress:

Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Best Supporting Actress:

Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life

Best Original Screenplay:

Midnight in Paris

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

Best Editing:

The Tree of Life

Best Cinematography:

The Tree of Life

Best Film Not in the English Language:

A Separation

Best Documentary:

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Special Awards (previously announced):

To Jessica Chastain, the breakout performer of the year

To Martin Scorsese in honor of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at

So, Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life, Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second’s own Film Of The Year was the big winner, taking home the awards for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, Cinematography and Editing, and continuing a sweep thats seen the film win the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the Sight & Sound Film Of The Year award and a whole heap of other circle prizes,. The lack of appreciation for The Artist is a little surprising, considering it’s placement on other end-of-year tally’s, but its understandable considerings it’s up against such strong competition in its own key categories (Best Actor for one, as Jean Dujardin’s key competition, Michael Fassbender probably won’t get beyond a nomination at the more mainstream awards). We’re heartened by the plaudits for Jessica Chastain, a young actress who has had such a remarkable breakthrough in 2011, so to see her take home not only a honorary award celebrating that year but her category (Best Supporting Actress) as well is thrilling. And while Hugo might not have picked up any awards for the director, Martin Scorsese’s invaluable work in the realm of film preservation is recognised with a special award, and one that’s well deserved. 

For a chance to win The Tree Of Life on Dual-Format Blu-ray and DVD click here


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