The Artist takes top critic prizes in New York
The New York Film Critics Circle has picked a black-and-white French film that pays homage to silent movies as it’s best film of 2011.
The Artist was directed by Michel Hazanavicius, who was named as the best director.
As the film awards season steps up a gear, and voting members of the various academies and awarding bodies are considering their possible nominees, the New York film critics picked Brad Pitt as their favourite actor – for two of his roles during the year, Terrence Malick’s Cannes-winning The Tree of Life and the more recent behind-the-scenes baseball film Moneyball.
No stranger to awards, Meryl Streep’s depiction of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady earned her the Circle’s best actress honour.