Kansas City Film Critics’ Circle Names Best of 2011

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The Kansas City Film Critics’ Circle, a group of 37 media-based film critics held their 45th annual awards dinner on January 8th, 2012.

The vote for the “James Loutzenheiser Awards” took place at the Screenland Crossroads Theatre, and the group cited the best in motion pictures from the year 2011.

Founded in 1967, the KCFCC is the second oldest film critics’ group in the country, consisting of print, broadcast and web-based film critics with outlets in the metropolitan Kansas City area.

The James Loutzenhiser Awards are named in honor of the late Dr. James Loutzenheiser, film critic and founder of the circle.

Best Picture: “The Descendants”

The Robert Altman Award for Best Director: Terrence Malick, “Tree of Life”

Best Actor: George Clooney, “The Descendants”

Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia”

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, “Tree of Life”

Best Animated Film: “Rango”

Best Foreign Language Film: “A Separation”

Best Documentary: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

Best Original Screenplay: Mike Mills, “Beginners”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zallian and Aaron Sorkin, “Moneyball”

The Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film: “Hugo”

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