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Early Oscar Contenders: Best Movies of 2011 So Far

| by Hollywood Elsewhere

BEST OF 2011 SO FAR

1. Drive; 2. A Better Life. 3. The Tree of Life; 4. Beginners; 5. X-Men: First Class; 6. Bridesmaids; 7. Win Win; 8. Hanna; 9. Midnight in Paris; 10. Source Code; 11. Cedar Rapids; 12. Meek's Cutoff; 13. Super; 14. The Lincoln Lawyer; 15. Jane Eyre.

MAJOR LEAGUE

1. The Descendants (d: Alexander Payne); 2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (d: Stephen Daldry, screenwriter: Eric Roth); 3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (d: David Fincher); 4. Carnage (d: Roman Polanski ); 5. The Ides of March (d: George Clooney); 6. The Impossible (d: Juan Antonio Bayona); 7. The Iron Lady (d: Phyllida Lloyd); 8. J. Edgar (d: Clint Eastwood); 9. Moneyball (d: Bennett Miller); 10. Shame (d: Steve McQueen); 11. The War Horse (d: Steven Spielberg); 12. We Bought A Zoo (d: Cameron Crowe; 13. Young Adult (d: Jason Reitman, w: Diablo Cody).

HIGH EXPECTATIONS, WAIT & SEE

1. Contagion (d: Steven Soderbergh); 2. A Dangerous Method (d: David Cronenberg); 3. Drive (d: Nicolas Winding Refn); 4. Haywire (d: Steven Soderbergh, w: Lem Dobbs); 5. Hugo Cabret (d: Martin Scorsese); 6. 7. Melancholia (d: Lars Von Trier); 8. Nanjing Heroes (d: Zhang Yimou); 9. On The Road (d: Walter Salles); 10. Rampart (d: Oren Moverman); 11. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (d: Thomas Alfredson); 12. The Whistleblower (d: Larysa Kondracki); 13. Wuthering Heights (d: Andrea Arnold); 14. Albert Nobbs (d: Rodrigo Garcia).

POTENTIAL QUALITY AND/OR ELITE POPCORN

1. At-Swim-Two-Birds (d: Brendan Gleeson); 2. Blackthorne (d: Mateo Gil); 3. Butter (d: Jim Field Smith); 4. Cowboys & Aliens (d: Jon Favreau); 5. Damsels in Distress (d: Whit Stillman); 6. Crazy, Stupid, Love (d: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa); 7. Dream House (d: Jim Sheridan); 8. Extraterrestre (d: Nacho Vigalondo); 9. The Monk (d: Dominic Moll); 10. My Week With Marilyn (d: Simon Curtis); 11. Now (d: Andrew Niccol)>; 12. The Oranges (d: Julian Farino); 13. Take This Waltz (d: Sarah Polley); 14. 50-50 a.k.a. formerly I'm With Cancer (d: Jonathan Levine).

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NO OFFENSE, BUT PROBABLY NO AWARDS ACTION


1. The Tree of Life; 2. We Need To Talk About Kevin (d: Lynne Ramsay; 3. One Day (d: Lone Scherfig); 4. Larry Crowne (d: Tom Hanks); 5. Straw Dogs (d: Rod Lurie); 6. This Must Be The Place (d: Paolo Sorrentino).

MODERATE APPROVAL/ALSO-RAN/PAT-ON-THE-BACK/ALMOST BUT NO CIGAR/NO SHAME IN BEING OUT OF THE GAME

The Beaver (d: Jodie Foster); Water for Elephants (d: Francis Lawrence); The Help (d: Tate Taylor); Hobo With A Shotgun (d: Jason Eisener): Red Riding Hood (d: Catherine Hardwicke); Source Code (d: Duncan Jones); Super (d: James Gunn); Super 8 (d: J.J. Abrams); Paul (d: Gregory Mottola); Super (d: James Gunn); Paul (d: Gregory Mottola).