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Monday, June 18, 2012

The 2011 RyMickey Awards - Best Ensemble

Teamwork makes everything better...a very strong year for ensembles.  Carnage, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Drive, Higher Ground, and Contagion just to name a few could have easily made it onto the list in a lesser year.

Best Ensembles of 2011

Honorable Mentions

#10 - The Muppets
(Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Walter, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, and Animal) 

#9 - Meek's Cutoff
(Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, and Paul Dano)

#8 - Win Win
(Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Alex Shaffer, Bobby Canavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Nina Arianda, and Melanie Lynsky)

#7 - The Descendants
(George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer, and Robert Forster)

#6 - Crazy, Stupid, Love
(Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Analeigh Tipton, Kevin Bacon, and Marisa Tomei)

And the Top Five...

#5 - My Week with Marilyn
(Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic Cooper, Zoë Wanamaker, Emma Watson, and Judi Dench)
Although some roles were completely unnecessary (sorry Emma Watson), it was nice to see that this biopic contained characters with charisma as opposed to actors simply mimicking their famous counterparts.

#4 - 50/50
(Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Angelica Huston)
A young cast with three principals who showed a lot of heart and managed to make comedy out of a difficult situation.

#3 - A Separation
(Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi, Kimia Hosseini, and Ali-Asghar Shahbazi)
From the young girl pictured above to the elderly man around whom much of the story revolved, this was a family drama in which every cast member was at the top of their game.

#2 - The Help
(Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O'Reilly, Allison Janney, Cecily Tyson, Mary Steenburgen, and Sissy Spacek)
This really was, by and large, an actor's showcase type of movie and all the ladies of The Help deserved the heaps of praise that were bestowed on them throughout the awards season.

#1 - Bridesmaids
(Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Chris O'Dowd, and John Hamm)
Another film headlined by ladies, Bridesmaids showed that men aren't the only ones who can make fart jokes funny.  Those six gals above were superb comediennes, all holding their own in each and every scene.

Previous RyMickey Award Winners

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