The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Director

Ok folks. Our last individual honor of 2011. Tomorrow, all that’s left are the movie awards.

Today’s category? The Best Director! These are the artists that paint the canvas that is the silver screen. What they say – their “Directions” – are what you wind up seeing. And these five? They all did extraordinary work.

The nominees are: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”, David Fincher, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, Terrence Malick, “Tree of Life”, Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”, and Nicholas Winding Refn, “Drive”.

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The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Actor

Here we go, here we go, here we go!

The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award for Best Actor!

These five actors all gave a great performance in 2011… just did a really great job in their roles. Of course, only one can be selected as the winner.

The Nominees are: George Clooney, “The Descendants”, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “50/50″, Ryan Gosling, “Drive”, Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”, and Andy Serkis, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.

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The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Actress

Drum roll please!

This post beyond contains the winner of the FMR MAJOR Award for the Best Actress of 2011.

Five wonderful actresses who all did incredible jobs, and really, really impressed me with their talent. But there’s only one Leg Lamp to be given out.

Your nominees are: Viola Davis, “The Help”, Rooney Mara, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, Carey Mulligan, “Drive”, Charlize Theron, “Young Adult”, Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”.

Who will the winner be?

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The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor

Ok boys and girls, this post announces the winner of the Best Supporting Actor MAJOR Award for 2011.

I put up five actors who I felt contributed the most to their films in spite of a limited amount of screen time. They weren’t the leads, but they made a fantastic contribution to their film.

The nominees are: Albert Brooks, “Drive”, Robert Forster, “The Descendants”, Paul Giamatti, “The Ides of March”, Nick Nolte, “Warrior”, and Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”.

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Drive

“Drive” was an excellent, high calibre, praiseworthy movie experience.

Directed with confidence and style by newcomer to American cinema Nicolas Winding Refn,  drive is the best movie I’ve seen in theatres this year by a longshot, and most certainly will be in discussion for movie of the year here, if not the actual Oscars.

In fact, the only real criticism I have of it is that there were several times during the film I found myself wondering if I was watching a film that was going to register amongst the greats, if I was meeting a new film to my personal top fifty for the first time. It never quite got there, but I think the best way to present that isn’t to put that out there negatively, but to put it out there positively.

This is a film that flirts with greatness.

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2011 Fall Movie Season Preview

“And I can tell you
My love for you will still be strong
After the movies of summer have gone…”

God. I’ve GOT to stop doing that! Why anybody comes back to this blog when I keep doling out such HAM is beyond me.

It’s true though. The movies of summer have gone. This weekend brings “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark”, “Our Idiot Brother” and “Colombiana”, after which the summer season will be officially deemed closed.

BIG movies begin to come back during the “Holiday Movie Season”, which begins the week before Thanksgiving. This year the Holiday season will kick off with “Happy Feet Two”, “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” and (thankfully) “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” starring Gary Oldman. Once those movies hit, the ball is officially rolling, as Turkey Day weekend itself brings us “The Muppets” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”.

The fall is pretty much the lowest profile time of the year for movies. Blockbusters come out in the Summer, the Holidays, and early March. Oscar contenders are typically released in January to stay fresh in voters minds. With the exception of Halloween, which often brings high-profile horror movies, the fall pretty much has a reputation for being a dumping ground.  

Still, there are movies on my radar (of course). Movies that I’m looking forward to to varying degrees. Click through to see the ten movies I’m looking forward to the most between now and the Holiday Movie Season.

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