2012 Oscar Watch: The Descendants Win Big @ 16th annual Satellite Awards

Another day, another organization declaring the best of cinema for the past year. A few days ago, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations for the 69th Annual Golden Globes. This weekend another set of international journalists revealed their choices for 2011’s best. The International Press Academy’s list of winners only made an already-wide open Oscar Race even more unclear. The event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunday.

Taking home the big prize was the George Clooney-helmed, “The Descendants“. The well-reviewed dramedy also picked up Best Adapted Screenplay. The film along with “The Artist” and “The Help” have been see-sawing back and forth with taking home big honors in the past few weeks. Speaking of the latter, Viola Davis‘ performance in “The Help” snagged Best Actress honors. This win should keep her in the mix with Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams for Oscar glory. Davis’ co-star, Jessica Chastain, snatched Best Supporting Actress, but for another film. She won for “The Tree of Life“.

In the male acting categories, “Drive” killed the competition. Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks were honored for their work in the film. Hopefully, this will help out Gosling’s campaign to score an Oscar nod. He’s been included in most awards, with one great exception- the SAGs. The Screen Actors Guild is the biggest block of voters for the Oscar acting categories. Check out all the winners from the 16 annual Satellite Awards below.

  • Motion Picture: “The Descendants”
  • Actress in a Motion Picture: Viola Davis – “The Help”
  • Actor in a Motion Picture: Ryan Gosling – “Drive”
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Jessica Chastain – “The Tree of Life”
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Albert Brooks – “Drive”
  • Director: Nicolas Winding Refn – “Drive”
  • Screenplay, Original: Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life”
    Screenplay, Adapted: Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, Nax Faxon – “The Descendants”
  • Foreign Film: “Mysteries of Lisbon”
  • Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media: “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”
  • Motion Picture, Documentary: “Senna”
  • Original Score: Marco Beltrani – “Soul Surfer”
  • Original Song: “Lay Down Your Head” by Brian Byrne and Glenn Close – “Albert Nobbs”
  • Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski – “War Horse”
  • Visual Effects: Robert Legato – “Hugo”
  • Film Editing: Chris Gill – “The Guard”
    Sound (Editing and Mixing): Dave Patterson, Lon Bender, Robert Fernandez, Victor Ray Ennis – “Drive”
  • Art Direction & Production Design: Gregory S. Hooper, Laurence Bennett – “The Artist”
  • Costume Design: Jacqueline West – “Water for Elephants”
  • Best First Feature: Paddy Considine – “Tyrannosaur”
  • Best Ensemble: “The Help”
  • Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry: Mitzi Gaynor
  • Nikola Tesla Award in Recognition of Visionary Achivement in Filmmaking Technology: Douglas Trumbull