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Melancholia named top film of 2011 by US National Society of Film Critics

Melancholia

Story by Jack Foley

LARS Von Trier’s Melancholia has been named the best film of 2011 by the US National Society of Film Critics.

The award comes in spite of the fact that its outspoken director found himself expelled from the Cannes Film Festival in May last year after saying he sympathised with Hitler.

Von Trier did, however, miss out on the best director prize, which went instead to Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life.

Melancholia follows the fortunes of two sisters facing up to the end of the world. Its star Kirsten Dunst was named best actress by the 58-strong panel of critics.

Brad Pitt, meanwhile, was named best actor for his role in baseball drama Moneyball.

Critics’ awards are often seen as useful indicators of which films and stars stand the best chance at the Oscars.

Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have one more week to vote for Oscar nominees, with the nominations announced on January 24.

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