Donald Clarke

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The Dublin Film Critics’ Circle delivers its verdict.

The votes from the Dublin Film Critics Circle — presided over by our own Tara Brady — are in and that lovely film The Artist has triumphed yet again. Yes, it’s true. The Artist does technically count as a 2012 …

Tue, Dec 18, 2012, 20:13

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The votes from the Dublin Film Critics Circle — presided over by our own Tara Brady — are in and that lovely film The Artist has triumphed yet again. Yes, it’s true. The Artist does technically count as a 2012 release in these territories. It is not unusual for movies released at the beginning of the year — lurking around after US Oscar season — to appear unimaginably ancient when Christmas arrives. The Artist seems, however, that bit older because it was released in the UK right at the end of 2011 and, as a result, appeared in British critics’ polls a full 12 months ago. Heck, it premiered at Cannes a year and a half ago. All of that is neither here nor there. It remains a cracking film and it deserves one more mention.

It is worth noting that, for all the moaning about  a decline in cinema, the voting took in a vast array of decent films from many different genres (and from none). We quite like the fact that Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse shared second place with Marvel Avengers Assemble. The great Hungarian director can’t have seen that coming when he made his sombre black-and-white masterpiece.

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There are other things worth observing. Despite a fairly low-key release, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present triumphed as best documentary. It’s a deserved victory for a movie that made sense of a seemingly insane project. Joaquin Phoenix, best actor for The Master, and Emmanuelle Riva, best actress for Amour, may not have much of a shout at The Oscars. But their virtual Dubbies (as they’re not called) will sit proudly on virtual mantlepieces.

Somewhere in the region of 35 films were mentioned in the best picture race. So, it’s hardly surprising that there were so many ties. That’s as it should be. Sadly, Jack Reacher screened too late to meet consideration. Ha, ha! You never know. It could be magnificent.

Anyway, the entire chart is below.

The list was compiled from votes by Paul Byrne, Paul Whitington, David O’Mahony, Esther McCarthy, Daniel Anderson, John Maguire, Paul Lynch, Gavin Burke, Declan Burke, Aoife Kelly, Donald Clarke, Joe Griffin, Rory Cashin, Kevin Fennell, Nicola Timmons, Hilary White, Brogen Hayes, George Byrne, Gordon Hayden, Roe McDermott, Tara Brady.


1. The Artist

2. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia/ Amour

3. The Turin Horse/ Marvel Avengers Assemble/ Michael/ Elena

4. The Master/Life of Pi/ The Raid/ Looper

5. Rust and Bone/ The Grey/ Martha Marcy May Marlene

Bubbling Under: Killer Joe, Laurence Anyways, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Hunt, About Elly, What Richard Did, The Descendents, Margin Call, A Royal Affair, Shame, Monsieur Lazhar, The Muppets, Samsara


1. Michael Haneke, Amour

2. Ben Affleck, Argo

3. William Friedkin, Killer Joe

4. Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

5. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia

Bubbling Under: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Marcus Shleinzer (Michael), Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did), Joe Wright (Anna Karenina), Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone), Leos Carax (Holy Motors), Bela Tarr (The Turin Horse)


1. What Richard Did

2. Shadow Dancer

3. Silence

4. Grabbers

5. Death of a Superhero

Bubbling Under: This Must Be the Place


1. Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

2. The Queen of Versailles

3. The Imposter

4. Bill Cunningham New York

5. Call Me Kuchu/ Searching for Sugarman

Bubbling Under: Marley, Room 237, 5 Broken Cameras


1. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

2. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour

3. Mads Mikklesen, The Hunt

4. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

5. Michael Fassbender, Shame/ Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe

Bubbling Under: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Looper; Mohamed Fellag, Monsieur Lazhar


1. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

2. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

3. Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

4. Anna Paquin, Margaret

5. Suzanne Clément, Laurence Anyways/ Nina Hoss, Barbara/ Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Bubbling Under: Andrea Riseborough, Shadow Dancer; Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild; Selma Blair, Dark Horse; Nadezhda Markina, Elena


1. Gareth Evans, The Raid

2. Jack Reynor, What Richard Did

3. Elizabeth Olsen Martha Marcy May Marlene

4. Ben Drew, Ill Manors

5. Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild