News Nuggets: ‘Descendants’ wins big at the Satellites, Southeastern Film Critics

The Descendants” and “Drive” are the big winners at the Golden Satellite Awards. Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, and “The Adventures of Tintin” also claimed prizes. PRESS ACADEMY

The Tree of Life” named Best Picture by the Chicago Film Critics. Michael Shannon (“Take Shelter“) and Michelle Williams (“My Week with Marilyn“) win top acting honors. CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION

The Southeastern Film Critics pick “The Descendants” as Best Picture: “Today, the Southeastern Film Critics Association chose ‘The Descendants’ as the top film of 2011, although ‘The Artist’ came in second. SEFCA also bestowed ‘The Descendants’ with Best Actor (George Clooney) and Best Adapted Screenplay, and also pulled runner-up awards for Best Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley) and Best Ensemble.” COLLIDER

The Artist” wins Picture and Director from St. Louis Film Critics: “The St. Louis Film Critics, a professional association of working film critics in the St. Louis-area, announced the winners of their annual St. Louis Film Critics Awards on Monday, December 19, 2011. The yearly awards are given to recognize the best in cinema for the year. Member film critics voted for the winners of the SLFC Awards on December 17 and the results were revealed to SLFC members at the association’s annual Awards Party on Sunday, December 18.” ST. LOUIS FILM CRITICS

The Tree of Life,” Michael Fassbender (“Shame“), Michael Shannon, and Christopher Plummer (“Beginners“) top IndieWire’s in-depth critics’ survey: “For the sixth year, Indiewire has polled critics, bloggers and other tastemakers from around the world on the best of the year in film with the categories: Best Film, Best Lead Performance, Best Supporting Performance, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Screenplay, Best First Feature, Best Ensemble, Best Cinematography, and Best Undistributed Film.” INDIEWIRE

Kelsey Grammer will host the 64th Annual DGA Awards: “Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced that director/actor/producer Kelsey Grammer will host the 64th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. ‘We’re thrilled to welcome Kelsey Grammer as the host of the DGA Awards,’ Hackford said. ‘With his acerbic wit, his mellifluous voice and his long experience in the entertainment industry, the evening promises to be just as irreverent, intimate and entertaining as always.  We’re looking forward to it.'”

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