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Any chance of Marty coming through town to accept the award He so richly deserves was dashed in favor of a middling technical exercise. The Artist, proof that Michel Hazanaviciuscan can trace, took home the San Diego Film Critics' best picture honors.

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In the ten years that I have been a voting member, this is the most dismal crop of winners it's been my displeasure to have my name associated with. Albert Brooks presents a bold departure in Drive, and we award Nick Nolte for playing a drunk. And does a bazillion-dollar franchise like Harry Potter really need the group's support?

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Lee Ann Kim

On a more pleasant note, we were initially going to table our discussion of who should recieve this year's Kyle Counts award, named after the late San Diego film critic, which honors those who have made contributions to film in the city. The voting ended earlier than anticipated, and in the time remaining I tossed out the name Lee Ann Kim, the driving force behind the San Diego Asian Film Foundation. Group president Anders Wright was quick to agree, and within three minutes, Lee Ann's nomination was approved by all.

Here are the winners. I take great pride in our choices of Brit Marling, Shailene Woodley, and most of all, Le Quattro Volte. As for the rest...somebody get me a Quaalude and a fifth of rubbing alcohol.

Best Picture: THE ARTIST

Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE)

Best Actor: Michael Shannon (TAKE SHELTER)

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Brit Marling

Best Actress: Brit Marling (ANOTHER EARTH)

Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley (THE DESCENDANTS)

Best Supporting Actor: Nick Nolte (WARRIOR)

Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin (MONEYBALL)

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Best Foreign Language Film: LE QUATTRO VOLTE

Best Documentary: PROJECT NIM

Best Animated Film: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

Best Editing: Oliver Bugge Coutté (BEGINNERS)

Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti (HUGO)

Best Score: Alexandre Desplat (HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2)

Best Ensemble Performance: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2

Best Body of Work: Jessica Chastain

The Kyle Counts Award: Lee Ann Kim, San Diego Asian Film Foundation

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Comments

John71471 Dec. 14, 2011 @ 5:10 p.m.

No love for Michael Shannon? Or Woody?

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Scott Marks Dec. 14, 2011 @ 5:46 p.m.

Not compared to Brendan Gleeson or Marty.

I'm disgusted with the two of ya's!

I really wish that I had more to say about "Harry Potty," but I'd rather sit in a dentist's chair than suffer through a prefabricated Comic-Con favorite.

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