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.
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.
Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Albert Brooks, Drive
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Adventures of Tintin
USE OF MUSIC
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help,The Debt, Take Shelter
DEBUT AS DIRECTOR
Joe Cornish, Attack the Block
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)