All week we’ve been announcing The Popcorn Junkie film awards The Goslings.
It has been a lot of fun and we’d like to thank everyone who has visited The Popcorn Junkie to check out the awards and comment on the winners and nominees.
We’ll have a full list of all the winners up soon and please note that there will be no Best Picture award as we’ll be posting a list of our best films of 2011 tomorrow, and the film that takes the top spot will be our pick for 2011.
Our final award is for those beardy scarf wearing film nerds called directors.
And the nominees are…
Nicholas Winding Refn – Drive
JJ Abrams – Super 8
Takashi Mike – 13 Assassins
Paul Feig – Bridesmaids
Richard Ayoade – Submarine
Jonathan Levine – 50/50
Terrence Malick – Tree of Life
Thomas McArthy – Win Win
Francis Lawrence – Water for Elephants
Paddy Constantine – Tyrannosaur
And the Gosling goes to…
Winner: Terrence Malick – Tree of Life
Fortune favours the bold and ‘Tree of Life’ wasn’t a commercial success but it can be marked down as one of the most critically successful films of 2011. ‘Tree of Life’ tells the greatest story of all – life. It tracks the beginning of the universe to the lives of a small family living in America. Visually stunning and epic, Malick tells the story with minimal dialogue taking film back to basics as a visual storytelling tool (pay attention Michael Bay). His camera captures brilliant performances from Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain plus the child actors who don’t seem to be acting; it just seems to be Malick being in the right place at the right time. There is a lot of emotion in the story and it has a beautiful sentiment that the miracle of life and family is just as grand as the creation of the universe. Of course, one of the best things about the film is that the interpretation lies entirely with the audience and it’s great chatting with people about that they got out of the experience which is what all great films should aspire to do.
Again, thanks to everyone who has been following The Goslings and we’re hoping to do it all again next year as long as studios keep pumping out films worth actually giving awards to.
If the world ends in 2012, then this may be the only awards we ever do so I hope you enjoyed it and remember to stock up on canned food.
Keep an eye on The Popcorn Junkie for our best of 2011 list.
Cameron Williams – Editor of The Popcorn Junkie