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New York Film Critics Online Name 'The Artist' Best Movie of The Year

The movie's director, Michael Hazanavicius, also receives top honors, while "Take Shelter's" Michael Shannon and "The Iron Lady's" Meryl Streep are chosen as best actor and actress, respectively.

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The Artist has been named best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Online.

Additionally, Michael Hazanavicius, who helmed the silent black-and-white movie, was named best director by the group, which met Sunday in New York to select its 12th annual awards in 15 categories. The movie also nabbed a third honor, best use of music, for composer Ludovic Bource.

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Sunday was a big day for the movie, which also recognized by the American Film Institute and the Boston Film Critics.

Meanwhile, Take Shelter's Michael Shannon was named best actor for his role in the apocalyptic drama, while The Iron Lady's Meryl Streep was named best actress for her portrayal of former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

A complete list of honorees follows.

FILM
The Artist

DIRECTOR
Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist

ACTOR
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

ACTRESS
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Albert Brooks, Drive

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SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

SCREENPLAY
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE
A Separation

DOCUMENTARY
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

ANIMATED FEATURE
The Adventures of Tintin

USE OF MUSIC
Ludovic Bource, The Artist 

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BREAKOUT PERFORMER
Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help,The Debt, Take Shelter

DEBUT AS DIRECTOR
Joe Cornish, Attack the Block

ENSEMBLE CAST
Bridesmaids

TOP PICTURES OF 2011 (alphabetical)
The Artist (The Weinstein Co.)
The Descendants (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Drive (Film District)
The Help (DreamWorksPictures)
Hugo (Paramount Pictures)
Melancholia (Magnolia Pictures)
Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics)
Take Shelter (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
War Horse (Dreamworks Pictures)