Terrance Malick's drama "The Tree of Life" became the biggest winner of the 2011 Chicago Film Critics Awards. In an announcement on ABC 7 Chicago's "News This Morning" on Monday, December 19, it was unveiled that the movie collected four awards, including the coveted prize of Best Picture.
"Tree of Life" led Malick to win the Best Director award. Its star Jessica Chastain was also named the Best Supporting Actress. Emmanuel Lubezki, meanwhile, was awarded with Best Cinematography prize for his artistic work in the film.
Veteran actor Michael Shannon grabbed the Best Actor award for his role as Curtis LaForche in "Take Shelter", while Michelle Williams bagged the Best Actress award for playing Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn". As for the Best Supporting Actor, Albert Brooks won the award for his role in action drama "Drive".
Other winners of the annual awards included "Rango" for Best Animated Film, "The Interrupters" for Best Documentary, and "A Separation" for Best Foreign Language Film. "The Artist" won a prize for Best Original Screenplay, while Elizabeth Olsen was named the Most Promising Performer through her performance in "Martha Marcy May Marlene".
The kudos will be handed to the winners during a ceremony that is set to be held at the Chicago Broadway Playhouse on January 7, 2012. Shirley MacLaine, James Earl Jones, Jason Segel and Dennis Farina will additionally be presented with special awards at the event.
The 2011 Chicago Film Critics Awards winners: