Brad Pitt's Oscar campaign is picking up steam. In 2011, the actor appeared in two high-profile dramas: Moneyball and The Tree of Life. Pitt brought his A-game to both films and the critics have taken notice.
Just as this year's Independent Spirit Award nominees were announced, the New York Film Critics Circle also revealed their big winners. Brad Pitt was named Best Actor for his work in both The Tree of Life and Moneyball, while Meryl Streep landed Best Actress for The Iron Lady. Pitt's Tree of Life co-star Jessica Chastain was also honored for her work as Best Supporting Actress, alongside Best Supporting Actor winner Albert Brooks from Drive.
Awards season is in full swing and Pitt has some serious competition. Thus far, George Clooney (The Descendants) and French actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist) appear to be the frontrunners for next year's ceremony. But unlike Clooney, Pitt has been previously nominated for an Oscar, but never won. Clooney snagged the Best Supporting Actor statue in 2006 for his performance in Syriana.
During his career, Brad Pitt has been recognized by the Academy twice. He received his first Oscar nod in 1996 for Twelve Monkeys and his second in 2009 for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. When it comes to his latest work, he's received astounding reviews. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that The Tree of Life shows "Brad Pitt in one of his finest performances," while The Telegraph claims Moneyball is anchored by his "award-calibre" acting.
With reviews like that, another Oscar nod seems likely. Perhaps, the third might be a charm?
Here's the full list of winners from the New York Film Critics Circle:
- Best First Feature: Margin Call
- Best Nonfiction Film: Cave of Forgotten Dreams
- Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain for The Tree of Life, The Help and Take Shelter
- Best Actress: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
- Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks for Drive
- Best Actor: Brad Pitt for Moneyball and The Tree of Life
- Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
- Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
- Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin for Moneyball
- Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life
- 2011 Special Award to be given posthumously to filmmaker Raoul Ruiz
- Best Picture: The Artist
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