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By James Sanford

Detroit Film Critics Society announces best of 2011

The Detroit Film Critics Society has announced its choices for the best in film in 2011. The society is made up of print, online, TV and radio critics from Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Lansing (including me).

Don’t be surprised if you haven’t seen some of the winners: Society members screen all the major films that are up for Academy Award consideration, including pictures that don’t go into national release until January or February.

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Best Picture: “The Artist” (opens in January)

Best Director: Michel Hazanivicius, “The Artist”

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, “Shame” (opening in January)

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn” (opening in January)

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners” (on DVD)

Best Supporting Actress: Carey Mulligan, “Shame”

Best Ensemble: “Carnage” (opening in January)

Best Breakthrough Performance: Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life,” “Take Shelter,” “The Help” (“Tree” and “Help” are on DVD, “Shelter” opens in early 2012)

Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, “Moneyball”

Best Documentary: “Tabloid” (on DVD)