“The Tree of Life,” which already has picked up dozens of 2012 film awards, was named Best Picture Monday night by the Online Film Critics Society.
It was the night’s big winner, also picking up awards for Best Director (Terrence Malick), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Editing and Best Cinematography. No other film won more than one award.
The film, centering on a Texas family in the 1950s, has won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the Gotham Award for Best Picture, and Best Picture awards from the San Diego Film Critics Society, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and the Toronto Film Critics Association. It also has won multiple directing awards for Malick, acting awards for Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain and cinematography awards for Emmanuel Lubezki.
Other Online Film Critics awards went to Michael Fassbender, Best Actor for his performance in “Shame”; Tilda Swinton, Best Actress for her work in “We Need to Talk About Kevin”; and Christopher Plummer, Best Supporting Actor prize for his work in “Beginners.” In addition, Chastain received a special award for the breakout performer of the year
Another special award went to director Martin Scorsese, not only for his work, but for his efforts in the field of film preservation.
“Rango” was named Best Animated Feature and Best Screenplay awards went to “Midnight in Paris” (Original) and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (adapted). Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” was named Best Documentary and “A Separation” was named best foreign language film.
The 15-year-old film society, which hands out annual awards, consists of reviewers and journalists from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region.