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Experts pick 'The Descendants' to win New York Film Critics Circle

By Tom O'Neil
By Tom O'Neil
Nov 23 2011 13:28 pm

Experts pick 'The Descendants' to win New York Film Critic Circle Award for Best Picture when the vote is held Nov. 29. It's the choice of seven of the eleven pundits polled by Gold Derby while two naysayers believe "The Artist" will prevail and two others pick "The Tree of Life."

"The Descendants" helmer Alexander Payne is the heavy favorite to win Best Director, but, curiously, star George Clooney doesn't lead the race for Best Actor. "The Artist" star Jean Dujardin has the most votes in that contest (five), compared to three for Clooney.

Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") is the fave for Best Actress. The pundits predict Albert Brooks ("Drive")  will win Best Supporting Actor and Jessica Chastain ("The Help," "The Tree of Life," "Take Shelter") will triumph as Best Supporting Actress.

Pundits polled by Gold Derby: Ed Douglas (Comingsoon), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Kevin Lewin (WENN), Guy Lodge (In Contention, Hitfix), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Christopher Rosen (Moviefone), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood, IndieWire), Chuck Walton (Fandango), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today). Below, a breakdown of their predix.

"The Artist" – Douglas, Rosen
"The Descendants" – Karger, Lewin, Musto, O'Neil, Thompson, Walton, Wloszczyna
"Tree of Life" – Lodge, Stone

Martin Scorsese, "Hugo" – Stone
Michel Hazanavicius – "The Artist" – Douglas, Musto,
Terrence Malick, "Tree of Life" - Lodge
Alexander Payne, "The Descendants" – Karger, Lewin, O'Neil, Rosen, Thompson, Walton, Wloszczyna

Jean Dujardin, "The Artist" – Lodge, Stone, Thompson, Walton, Wloszczyna
Michael Fassbender, "Shame" – O'Neil, Rosen
George Clooney, "The Descendants" – Douglas, Lewin, Musto
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball" - Karger

Glen Close, "Albert Nobbs" -- Stone
Kirsten Dunst, "Melancholia" – Musto, Thompson
Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene" – Douglas, Lodge
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady" – O'Neil, Rosen, Walton, Wloszczyna
Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" – Karger, Lewin

Albert Brooks, "Drive" – Douglas, Lodge, Musto, O'Neil, Stone, Walton
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners" – Karger, Lewin, Rosen, Thompson, Wloszczyna

Berenice Bejo, "The Artist" – Douglas, Rosen, Wloszczyna
Jessica Chastain, "The Help," "Tree of Life," "Take Shelter" – Lodge, Musto, O'Neil, Stone, Walton
Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs" – Karger
Vanessa Redgrave, "Coriolanus" – Thompson
Evan Rachel Wood, "Ides of March" - Lewin

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