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Photo courtesy Film District Ryan Gosling in a scene from "Drive."
Utah critics pick "Drive" as year's best film

The nor thriller "Drive," starring Ryan Gosling as a driver-for-hire caught up with gangsters, was picked as the best film of 2011 by the Utah Film Critics Association.

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The UFCA voted Tuesday night, after members made rousing arguments for their favorite movies and performances.

Here’s the list of winners:

  • Picture • "Drive"; runner-up: "The Artist."
  • Director • Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"; runner-up: Nicholas Winding Refn, "Drive."
  • Lead performance, female • Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"; runner-up: Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
  • Lead performance, male • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "50/50"; runner-up: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist."
  • Supporting performance, female • Amy Ryan, "Win Win"; runner-up: Vanessa Redgrave, "Coriolanus."
  • Supporting performance, male • Albert Brooks, "Drive"; runner-up: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners."
  • Original Screenplay • "50/50," Will Reiser; runner-up: "Beginners," Mike Mills.
  • Adapted Screenplay • "The Descendants," Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, from a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings; runner-up: "The Muppets," Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller, based on characters created by Jim Henson.
  • Cinematography • "Drive," Newton Thomas Sigel; runner-up: "The Tree of Life," Emmanuel Lubezki.
  • Documentary • "Senna," directed by Asif Kapadia; runner-up: "Project Nim," directed by James Marsh.
  • Non-English Language Feature • "A Separation" (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi; runner-up: "13 Assassins" (Japan), directed by Takashi Miike.
  • Animated Feature • "Rango," directed by Gore Verbinski; runners-up (tie): "The Adventures of Tintin," directed by Steven Spielberg; and "Kung Fu Panda 2," directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

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