Five movies have received nominations for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society award for Best Animated Feature, the society’s governing committee announced Monday.
The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick’s exploration of suburban family life in the 1950s, received seven nominations for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Malick), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Joining The Tree of Life in Best Picture are Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Malick, Hazanavicius, Refn and Scorsese were joined in the Best Director race by Melancholia director Lars von Trier.
Each year, the OFCS also submits nominations for Special Achievement Awards, granted only by a majority vote of the membership. This year, the Online Film Critics have selected two individuals, Jessica Chastain and Martin Scorsese, to receive special citations.
Chastain was named the breakout performer of the year. Her tremendous and quality-filled output this year has brought her instant acclaim and recognition, marking one of the most stellar debuts in recent memory.
Scorsese is being recognized in honor of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation. He has long been a champion of film preservation, and with his love letter to the cinema this year, Hugo, he continues to show his admiration for film history and the many pursuits to keeping those records alive.
Winners will be announced Monday, January 2.
Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at ofcs.org.