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New York Film Critics Circle Awards Kick Off Oscar Race

The Artist, Tree of Life and Moneyball all take home multiple awards, cementing their Oscar potential.

The New York Film Critics Circle has just announced their 2011 awards live via Twitter, which is exciting since they're the first awards announced, marking the official start of Oscar Season (our favorite time of the year), and kinda lame because… Twitter? So much for grandeur…

The Artist, Tree of Life and Moneyball have all taken home multiple awards from the NYFCC, which cements their Oscar potential but doesn't guarantee them anything. There's no major frontrunner for Best Picture yet. In fact, the only award that seems to be a sure thing right now – with several potential contenders like War Horse and The Iron Lady admittedly yet to be released – is Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor in Drive. Many critics and pundits predicted that this would be Brooks's year when the film was released in September, and his NYFCC win will likely be the first of many awards for the star in the months to come, but let's not get ahead of ourselves, shall we? Here are the winners for the New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011.

Best Picture: THE ARTIST

2011 Special Award: RAOUL RUIZ (posthumous)

Best Cinematography: EMMANUEL LUBEZKI for THE TREE OF LIFE

Best Screenplay: STEVEN ZAILLIAN and AARON SORKIN for MONEYBALL

Best Director: MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS for THE ARTIST

Best Foreign Language Film: A SEPARATION

Best Actor: BRAD PITT for MONEYBALL and THE TREE OF LIFE

Best Supporting Actor: ALBERT BROOKS for DRIVE

Best Actress: MERYL STREEP for THE IRON LADY

Best Supporting Actress: JESSICA CHASTAIN for THE TREE OF LIFE, TAKE SHELTER and THE HELP

Best Nonfiction Film: CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS

Best First Feature: MARGIN CALL