The National Society of Film Critics (NCFC) has named
apocalyptic psychological drama Melancholia as
the year's best film.
The Society has also chosen Kirsten Dunst as best actress
and Brad Pitt as best actor for the baseball drama Moneyball
as well as The Tree of Life.
Though Lars von Trier lost out as the best director
award for his work on Melancholia to Terrence
Malick for The Tree of Life, his film's big win
bolstered the offbeat film's chances for the upcoming
Academy Awards that will announce nominees later this
Set against the backdrop of a country wedding, the dark
film explores the strained relationship of two sisters,
one a bride played by Dunst, while a strange planet
threatens to collide with Earth, wiping out all traces
of human existence.
already a strong contender for the Oscars, was honoured
for his roles as Oakland A's manager Billy Beane in
Moneyball as well as a strict father in The
Tree of Life.
Critics' awards are important in helping build momentum
heading toward the Academy Awards, or Oscars, which
are the world's top film awards given out on the final
Sunday in February by the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences.
The NSFC includes 58 members from major newspapers in
Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Chicago and other cities
as well as from Time, Newsweek and The New Yorker and
newspapers The Village Voice and the Boston Phoenix.
Real Millionaire by Piyush Thakur will be screened
in International Competition at 34th Clermont-Ferrand
International Short Film Festival.
is his story and that of his family and the villagers'
journey towards realizing the actual meaning of the
word "winning", reads the synopsis of the
film on the festival's website.
The festival will be held from January 27-February 4,2012.
The film is a story of a farmer Vishnu, who's life changes
after he gets a call from the reality game show,KBC
(Kaun Banega Crorepati). This is his story and that
of his family and the villagers' journey towards realizing
the actual meaning of the word winning.