My Nominations for Best Picture

Today is the big day! The Washington Area Film Critics Association, of which I am a member, has its first round of voting for 2011 awards. It’s a hard job narrowing down the year’s contenders for Best Picture, but many of the much-ballyhooed films recently released left me unimpressed, at least as far as Best Picture goes.

The official WAFCA winners will be announced at 8 EST on Monday, December 5.

Here are my nominations for Best Picture of 2011:

The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick’s homage to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Review here.


Win Win 

The story of a good everyman who finds dubious moral choices can sneak up on the best of us. Review here.



The Help

Women, black and white, struggling through the moral morass of Jim Crow South with humor and love. Review here.





A family reconnects with the help of cage match fighting.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

This undervalued film was astonishing on many levels. Review here.

The one I’d like to see win? Tree of Life.

What movies would you nominate?

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