Awards: They’re how we let celebrities know that we love them, without having to shimmy through their bedroom windows at night. While the cream of the acting crop still has to wait a few months to know if they’ll get a little golden man to display on the back of their toilets, the New York Film Critics Circle announced their 2011 movie winners today. Winners included Brad Pitt for Best Actor in Moneyball and The Tree Of Life, Meryl Streep for Best Actress in not-yet-released The Iron Lady, Jessica Chastain for Best Supporting Actress for The Tree of Life, The Help and Take Shelter, and Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor in Drive. We’ll never look at a salad fork the same away again, Mr. Brooks, and for that you deserve some kind of recognition.
Meanwhile, the Independent Spirit Awards have announced the nominees for their 2012 accolades, which include some picks you probably saw coming: Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn, Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene, Shailene Woodley for The Descendants and Ryan Gosling for being hot. We mean, for Drive! The Spirit Awards won’t reveal their winners until February 25, which gives us plenty of time to decide which actor from Drive truly deserves that little winged thingie. Either way, we can all agree Ron Perlman was robbed, right?