Donald Clarke

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The Dublin Film Critics Circle Honours Drive

Every year, the good people of the Dublin Film Critics Circle meet up to tabulate lists of their favourite films. There’s a good deal of huffing, no little puffing and more agreement than you might suspect. This year, after much …

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Every year, the good people of the Dublin Film Critics Circle meet up to tabulate lists of their favourite films. There’s a good deal of huffing, no little puffing and more agreement than you might suspect. This year, after much redistribution of ballots, the best film ended up going to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. It’s a good choice. The picture managed to straddle the mainstream and the fringe with an impressive degree of confidence. From the moment I saw the thing I knew it was destined for cult status.

Anyway, here is the complete list of results. Savour, fume and so on…

Best Film

1. Drive

2. Black Swan

3. The Tree of Life

4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

5. Melancholia

6. Take Shelter

7. Senna

8. True Grit

9. A Separation

10. Animal Kingdom

Best Director

1. Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

2. Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

3. Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

4. Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

5. Lars von Trier, Melancholia

6. Martin Scorsese, Hugo

7. David Michod, Animal Kingdom

8. Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit

9. Lynne Ramsay, We Need to Talk About Kevin

10. Takeshi Miike, 13 Assassins

Best Actress

1. Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life

2. Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

3. Natalie Portman, Black Swan

4. Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

5. Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia

6. Emily Watson, Oranges `and Sunshine

7. Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

8. Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur

9. Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom/ Yun Jung-hee, Poetry

10. Viola Davis, The Help

Best Actor

1. Ryan Gosling, Drive

2. Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

3. Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

4. Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

5. Nick Nolte, Warrior

6. Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

7. Aidan Gillen, Treacle Jr

8. Jeff Bridges, True Grit

9. Dominic Cooper, The Devil’s Double

10. Neil Maskell, Kill List/ Peter Mullan, Tyrannosaur

Best Irish Film

1. The Guard

2. Snap

3. Sensation

4. Rewind

5. As If I Am Not There

6. One Hundred Mornings

7. Knuckle

8. The Runway

9. Between the Canals

10. Parked

Best Documentary

1. Senna

2. Project Nim

3. Inside Job

4. Cave of Forgotten Dreams

5. Knuckle

6. Bobby Fischer Against the World

7. Pina

8. Page One: Inside The New York Times

9. TT3D: Closer to the Edge

10. Tabloid

Breakthrough

1. Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter

2. John Michael McDonagh, The Guard

3. Richard Ayoade, Submarine

4. Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

5. Carmel Winters, Snap

6. Asif Kapadia, Senna

7. Juanita Wilson, As If I Am Not There

8. Ben Wheatley, Kill List

9. Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur/ Justin Kurzel, Snowtown

10. Stephanie Sigman, Miss Bala

Best Irish Documentary

Knuckle

Domestic Breakthrough

John Michael McDonagh, The Guard

As voted for by Daniel Anderson, Tara Brady, Declan Burke, Gavin Burke, George Byrne, Paul Byrne, Ciaran Carty, Donald Clarke, Joe Griffin, Gordon Hayden, Brogen Hayes, Aoife Kelly, Paul Lynch, John Maguire, Roe McDermott, Esther McCarthy, David O’Mahony, Mike Sheridan, Nicola Timmins, Hilary White, Paul Whittington

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