[Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Mary Page Keller, Goran Visnjic]
[Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Chris O'Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Jill Clayburgh, Jon Hamm]
[Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Alex Shaffer, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey]
X-Men: First Class
[Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, January Jones, Caleb Landry Jones, Edi Gathegi]
[Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Collette Wolfe, Jill Eikenberry, Richard Bekins]
As good as these nominees are, none of them hold a candle to the ladies of Bridesmaids.
Abduction: Dr. Bennett's Plan
The Artist: Peppy's Dance
Bridesmaids: The Engagement Party Toast(s)
Bridesmaids: Wedding Shower Meltdown
Drive: Motel Massacre
☆Young Adult: Mavis' New Life
Whether they provoked laughter, unintentional (Abduction) or not (Bridesmaids), perfectly encapsulated the tiny joys of cinema (The Artist), raised the stakes of their film (Drive) or dared to defy genre conventions (Young Adult), these six nominees practically summed up 2011 for me. How could I narrow them down any further? While both Bridesmaids scenes managed the near impossible task of developing character and the dramatic undertones of the entire film amidst hilarious-beyond-belief comedic set pieces, Young Adult's controversial ending dared us to root on an awful character who didn't change for the better and is probably in the same place she was at the beginning of the film. In a film that opened with a wide release, that takes some massive balls, my friend.
Best Quote/Line Reading
Abduction: "There'll be time for you to emotionally deal with all this, but right now you've got to get your shit together."
☆Bridesmaids: "Help me, I'm poor."
Bridesmaids: "I swear to God that dolphin looked, not at me, but into my soul. Into my Goddamn soul, Annie."
Midnight in Paris: "I hear the songs he writes, and I realize I'll never write a real lyric and my talent really lies in drinking."
Scream 4: "Don't fuck with the original."
Was there a more relatable line in 2011 than Annie's drunken, pity-seeking admission?
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
☆Jessica Chastain, The Help
Charlie Day, Horrible Bosses
Jasper Newell, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
An admittedly difficult choice between Bejo and Chastain, both of whom brought vast amounts of charm, energy and pizazz to their films with the effortless ease of the best old school movie stars. Chastain wins out mainly because she saves her film from near unwatchability, but I can't wait for what both of these ladies come up with for their next offerings.
Rose Byrne, Bridesmaids
Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher
Miss Piggy, The Muppets
Allison Pill, Midnight in Paris
☆Charlize Theron, Young Adult
As if anyone could compete with Charlize's eye-rolling, Diet-Coke-swilling, man-stealing Mavis Gary in this category. The bitch was the diva from head to toe.
Henry Cavill, Immortals
Dominic Cooper, The Devil's Double
☆Michael Fassbender, Jane Eyre, Shame & X-Men: First Class
Eva Green, Cracks
Christina Hendricks, Drive
Cavill and Cooper did their best to compete but come on. For the second year in a row, in three films as completely different from each other as possible, Fassy came out swinging (his massive penis). The Argentina outfit from X-Men: First Class and his bedclothes during the fire scene in Jane Eyre weren't overtly sexual, yet nearly had me succumbing to the vapors.
Best Cameo/Limited Performance
Jill Clayburgh, Bridesmaids
Tom Hiddelston & Allison Pill, Midnight in Paris
☆Jennifer Lawrence, Like Crazy
Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris
Like Crazy was absolute bollocks, but Jennifer Lawrence made the whole thing bearable whenever she graced the screen (and Anton Yelchin's life) with her presence. The fact that she got dumped for Felicity bloody Jones still makes me LOL, months after watching the film.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Skin I Live In
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo would probably win this if its promotional campaign to make the lame Swedish version edgy and controversial had been transferred into the actual film. That said, the poster for Drive, with its retro look and flashy neon colors, was easily the most memorable of the year.