Dublin crit­ics go for ‘Drive’

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The Dublin Film Crit­ics Cir­cle, the body rep­re­sent­ing pro­fes­sional re­view­ers in the city, has agreed with wise Ticket read­ers and com­fort­ably anointed Drive as the best film of 2011. Ni­co­las Wind­ing Refn’s ex­is­ten­tial­ist thriller also tri­umphed at the re­cent in­au­gu­ral Ticket Awards.

Ryan Gosling, seen nearly ev­ery­where this year, also dou­bled-up by win­ning a Ticket Award for best ac­tor and the rel­e­vant prize with the DFCC. Jes­sica Chas­tain, seen ab­so­lutely ev­ery­where this year, won the won the crit­ics’ best ac­tress prize for The Tree of Life.

A run­away suc­cess at the box-of­fice, John Michael Mc­don­agh’s The Guard eas­ily took the gong for best Ir­ish film. That com­pe­ti­tion was, how­ever, a lit­tle more com­pet­i­tive than the Ticket race, with Carmel Win­ters’s Snap and Tom Hall’s Sen­sa­tion, Nos 2 and 3 re­spec­tively, both polling de­cent fig­ures.

Os­car-watch­ers will once again sigh at see­ing Senna, Asif Kapadia’s treat­ment of Ayr­ton Senna, pick up an­other award for best doc­u­men­tary of 2011. Senna was in­ex­pli­ca­bly left off the Academy’s long list for their doc­u­men­tary prize. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if Asghar Farhadi’s A Sep­a­ra­tion, Iran’s pick for the best for­eign-lan­guage Os­car and the DFCC’S choice in that race, will re­ceive a nod from the old fo­geys.

The Dublin Film Crit­ics Cir­cle, presided over by Tara Brady of this parish, wel­comes pro­fes­sional crit­ics who have been work­ing for a year or more. Full re­sults can be found on the Screen­writer blog. See irish­times.com/blogs/ screen­writer him­self up against the Chi­nese se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus. Guards jos­tled the ac­tor while he was try­ing to visit Chen Guangcheng, a prom­i­nent hu­man rights lawyer, in Shan­dong Prov­ince. Chen was placed un­der house ar­rest af­ter of­fer­ing help to women who had en­dured forced abor­tions and ster­il­i­sa­tions.

The bruis­ing en­counter, recorded by CNN, is a bit of an em­bar­rass­ment for the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties, as Bale was in the coun­try to pro­mote his new state­backed movie, Zhang Yi­mou’s The Flow­ers of War. EMI, who spurned Terra Firma and Cit­i­group to fall for Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic. Stone Roses, Pulp, Steps and any­one else hit­ting the re­union trail.

Mor­ris­sey, for ban­ning meat from gigs, get­ting bit­ten by a dog, whing­ing about his record la­bel and bar­ring fans

from shows.

The awards are in the bag: Ryan Gosling in Drive

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