Thursday, January 05, 2012

Press Release: 2011 Central Ohio Film Critics Association awards

Drive cruises to top of 10th annual Central Ohio Film Critics Association awards

(Columbus, January 5, 2012) Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive was named Best Film in the Central Ohio Film Critics Association’s 10th annual awards, which recognize excellence in the film industry for 2011.  The film also won two other awards.  Winding Refn was honored for his work behind the camera with the Best Director and Breakthrough Film Artist prizes. 

Columbus-area critics recognized these screen performers: Best Actor Michael Shannon (Take Shelter); Best Actress Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene); Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer (Beginners); Best Supporting Actress Shailene Woodley (The Descendants); Actor of the Year Jessica Chastain for an exemplary body of work (Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, The Tree of Life); and the cast of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for Best Ensemble.

Other winners include: The Tree of Life’s Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Steven Zaillian for Best Adapted Screenplay; Source Code’s Ben Ripley for Best Original Screenplay; Hanna’s The Chemical Brothers for Best Score; Best Documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Best Foreign Language Film Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux); Best Animated Film Arthur Christmas; and Margaret as Best Overlooked Film.

Founded in 2002, the Central Ohio Film Critics Association is comprised of film critics based in Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding areas. Its membership consists of more than 20 print, radio, television, and new media critics. COFCA's official website at contains links to member reviews and past award winners.

Winners were announced at a private party on January 5.

A video announcing this year’s winners and runners-up can be seen at:

Complete list of awards:

Best Film
1. Drive
2. Martha Marcy May Marlene
3. Take Shelter
4. Melancholia
5. The Descendants
6. Midnight in Paris
7. The Tree of Life
8. The Artist
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
10. Hugo

Best Director
-Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
-Runner-up: Lars von Trier, Melancholia

Best Actor
-Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
            -Runner-up: Ryan Gosling, Drive

Best Actress
-Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
-Runner-up: Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Best Supporting Actor
-Christopher Plummer, Beginners
-Runner-up: Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress
-Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
-Runner-up: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life

Best Ensemble
-Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
-Runner-up: The Descendants

Actor of the Year (for an exemplary body of work)
-Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, 
            Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields,and The Tree of Life
-Runner-up: Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Drive, and
             The Ides of March

Breakthrough Film Artist
- Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive (for directing)
            -Runner-up: Jessica Chastain, Coriolanus, The Debt, The 
            Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields, and The Tree of 
            Life (for acting)

Best Cinematography
-Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
-Runner-up: Manuel Alberto Claro, Melancholia

Best Adapted Screenplay
-Steven Zaillian, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
            -Runner-up: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Best Original Screenplay
-Ben Ripley, Source Code
-Runner-up: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best Score
-The Chemical Brothers, Hanna
-Runner-up: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl with the
            Dragon Tattoo

Best Documentary
-Cave of Forgotten Dreams
-Runner-up: Project Nim

Best Foreign Language Film
-Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux)
-Runner-up: The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito)

Best Animated Film
-Arthur Christmas
-Runner-up: Winnie the Pooh

Best Overlooked Film
-Runner-up: Beginners

COFCA offers its congratulations to the winners.

Previous Best Film winners:

2002:  Punch-Drunk Love
2003:   Lost in Translation
2004:   Million Dollar Baby
2005:   A History of Violence
2006:   Children of Men
2007:  No Country for Old Men
2008:  WALL·E
2009:  Up in the Air
2010:  Inception

For more information about the Central Ohio Film Critics
Association, please visit or e-mail

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