The WTYWtD Film Awards, 2011

Though I've been an increasingly avid movie watcher over the past however many years since I realized film is more than just a pastime for me (considerably longer than a decade, anyway) and even attempted my own "awards" at the older, better version of Rotten Tomatoes' user community via my then-journal "Have Some Cake" (with "A History of Violence" receiving the big haul, as I recall), 2011 is the first year I'm probably at least moderately qualified to do this sort of thing for on a more official scale. For the first time I've kept close track of the films I've seen, and, going primarily by IMDb dates (a criterium I'm amending for next year), I've seen 101 so far (more than when I put together my 2011 top ten, which of course has inevitably changed a bit since, and will continue to change as I eventually get chances to see films like "Shame" and "Swirl").

So, based on the year's films I've managed to see and what I, on my lonesome, think of them in the terms of 18 various categories I feel confident covering (or making up, and boy do I wish I could warrant the inclusion of stunts - those folks deserve more recognition!), here are the first We Told You What to Dream awards ("The Dreamies"? Or "The Parentheses"?). This is also in lieu of Oscar live-blogging, because who wants to hear me wondering where Jack Nicholson is for a third year in a row?

- For the full list of films under consideration, view this copy/paste of my "My 2011" MUBI list as it currently stands. To check for films like "Beginners" and "13 Assassins" (which wouldn't have been nominated for much, anyway), look to my "My 2010" list.
- The results were much more varied prior to my many viewings of "Young Adult", so runners-up are indicated above each category's "worst"!
- Also, I didn't originally want to split the acting categories by gender, but I couldn't bear seeing certain potential "winners" go "empty-handed". I might apologize for the relatively low number of female nominations, but it is what it is; that's Hollywood, folks.
- And finally, I had been attempting a "Quotable Quote" category, but just doing that right would take more time that it did just to create this list as is. If you're wondering, "It'll probably hit you one morning when you're shaving" from "Midnight in Paris" would have taken it. Oh, who am I kidding, it would have gone to the entire "Young Adult" script. Worst would be "People can open their own doors" from "Tower Heist".

Most nominations: Young Adult (12), Drive/Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (11), Hugo/The Tree of Life (9), The Skin I Live In (8), Melancholia/Midnight in Paris (6)
Most wins: Young Adult (5), The Tree of Life (3)

Midnight in Paris
The Skin I Live In
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Tree of Life
Young Adult

Runner-up: Drive
Worst: Season of the Witch

Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Pedro Almodóvar (The Skin I Live In)
Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (Paranormal Activity 3)
Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
Oren Moverman (Rampart)
Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Runners-up: Tomas Alfredson; Nicolas Winding Refn
Worst: Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class)

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Diablo Cody (Young Adult)
James Ellroy & Oren Moverman (Rampart)
Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, based on John le Carré's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy")
Yasmina Reza & Roman Polanski (Carnage, based on Yasmina Reza's "The God of Carnage")
Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets)
John Logan (Hugo, based on Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret")
Nick Frost & Simon Pegg (Paul)
Kevin Smith (Red State)

Runners-up: Woody Allen; Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
Worst: Tate Taylor (The Help, based on "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett)

Hall Pass
J. Edgar
Midnight in Paris
Red State
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Skin I Live In
The Tree of Life
Young Adult

Runner-up: Hall Pass
Worst: Fast Five

Lead Performance, Male
Antonio Bandaras (Puss in Boots)
Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double)
Mel Gibson (The Beaver)
Ryan Gosling (Drive)
Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March)
Woody Harrelson (Rampart)
Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Michael Parks (Red State)
Paul Rudd (Our Idiot Brother)
Sam Shepard (Blackthorn)
Christopher Nicholas Smith (Paranormal Activity 3)
Cristoph Waltz (Carnage)

Runners-up: Ryan Gosling (Drive); Gary Oldman
Worst: Adam Sandler (Just Go with It)

Lead Performance, Female
Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
Jodie Foster (Carnage)
Keira Knightley (A Dangerous Method)
Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Charlize Theron (Young Adult)

Runner-up: Tilda Swinton
Worst: N/A

Supporting Performance, Male
Steve Coogan (Our Idiot Brother)
Jan Cornet (The Skin I Live In)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Zac Efron (New Year's Eve)
Laurence Fishburne (Contagion)
Dan Fogler (Take Me Home Tonight)
Armie Hammer (J. Edgar)
Tom Hardy (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Tom Hiddleston (Midnight in Paris)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Moneyball)
Oscar Isaac (Drive)
Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Richard Jenkins (Friends with Benefits)
Temuera Morrison (Green Lantern)
Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method)
Patton Oswalt (Young Adult)
Chris Pratt (Moneyball)
Stephen Rea (Blackthorn)
Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris)
Michael Stuhlbarg (Hugo)
Patrick Wilson (Young Adult)

Runners-up: Stephen Rea; Chris Pratt
Worst: Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

Supporting Performance, Female
Lauren Bittner (Paranormal Activity 3)
Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life)
Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia)
Rashida Jones (Our Idiot Brother)
Melissa Leo (Red State)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids)
Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

Runner-up: Jessica Chastain
Worst: January Jones (Unknown)

Sexy Performance
Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses)
Lauren Bittner (Paranormal Activity 3)
Colin Farrell (Fright Night)
Michael Fassbender (Jane Eyre)
Jenna Fischer (Hall Pass)
Miles Fisher (Final Destination 5)
Ryan Gosling (Drive)
Milla Jovovich (The Three Musketeers)
Freida Pinto (Immortals)
Zoë Saldaña (Colombiana)
Nicky Whelan (Hall Pass)

Runner-up: Nicky Whelan
Worst: January Jones (X-Men: First Class)

José Luis Alcaine (The Skin I Live In)
Bobby Bukowski (Rampart)
Manuel Alberto Claro (Melancholia)
Adriano Goldman (Jane Eyre)
Hoyte Van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Karim Hussain (Hobo with a Shotgun)
Fred Keleman (The Turin Horse)
Romain Lacourbas (Colombiana)
Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)
Seamus McGarvey (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Robert Richardson (Hugo)
Newton Thomas Sigel (Drive)
Stephen Soderbergh (Contagion)
Eric Steelberg (Young Adult)
Peter Suschitzky (A Dangerous Method)

Runner-up: Hoyte Van Hoytema
Worst: Stephen F. Windon (Fast Five)

Stuart Baird (Green Lantern)
Joe Bini (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Dana E. Glauberman (Young Adult)
Dino Jonsäter (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Matthew Newman (Drive)

Runner-up: Dino Jonsäter
Worst: Lee Haxall & Greg Hayden (The Change-Up)

Ludovic Bource (The Artist)
Calexico (The Guard)
Alexandre Desplat (The Tree of Life)
Lucio Godoy (Blackthorn)
James Newton Howard (Green Lantern)
Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In)
Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots)
Rolfe Kent (Young Adult)
Cliff Martinez (Drive)
Howard Shore (Hugo)

Runner-up: Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Worst: Carter Burwell (Breaking Dawn - Part 1)

Bad Teacher
Friends with Benefits
Midnight in Paris
Take Me Home Tonight
We Bought a Zoo
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Young Adult

Runner-up: We Need to Talk About Kevin
Worst: Footloose

Art Department Achievement
Erin Benach (Costume Design, Drive)
Kelly Berry (Set Decoration, Paranormal Activity 3)
Carlos Bodelón & Antxón Gómez (Art/Production Design, The Skin I Live In)
Nigel Churcher (Art Direction, The Three Musketeers)
Ewen Dickson (Production Design, Hobo with a Shotgun)
Alex DiGerlando & Kim Jennings (Art Direction, The Beaver)
Maria Djurkovic (Production Design, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Pierre-Yves Gayraud (Costume Design, The Three Musketeers)
Eiko Ishioka (Costume Design, Immortals)
Michele Laliberte (Art Direction, Immortals)
Sandy Powell (Costume Design, Hugo)
Kevin Thompson (Production Design; Young Adult)
Gernot Thöndel (Set Decoration, A Dangerous Method)

Runner-up: Maria Djurkovic
Worst: Everyone involved with The Green Hornet.

Effects Production Achievement
Hydraulx (Battle: L.A.)
Mr. X, Inc. & Rodeo FX (The Three Musketeers)
Pixomondo (Hugo)
Pixomondo & Platige Image (Melancholia)
Prime Focus VFX (The Tree of Life)
Sony Imageworks (Green Lantern)
WETA (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

Runner-up: Prime Focus VFX
Worst: Amalgamated Dynamics & Spectral Motion (X-Men: First Class)

3D Achievement
Green Lantern (Converted)
Immortals (Converted)
The Three Musketeers

Runner-up: Immortals
Worst: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Trailer Achievement
Battle: L.A.
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Lorax
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Snow White & the Huntsman
Take Me Home Tonight
Titanic 3D
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Runner-up: Prometheus
Worst: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Poster Achievement
The Ides of March
J. Edgar
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
The Skin I Live In
The Tree of Life
Young Adult

Runner-up: J. Edgar
Worst: The Help


  1. Awesome! Great picks, man, and I love the creative spin you put on the typical awards post format with your own unique categories.

    1. Thanks, dude :) Everyone else I've shown thinks I'm farking nuts.


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