Following are reviewer Susan Granger's selections for the top movies of 2011, as well as the best film performances, direction and technical achievements.

BEST PICTURE

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (Warner Bros.)

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" (Warner Bros.)

"Hugo" (Paramount Pictures)

"Midnight in Paris" (Sony Pictures Classics)

"Moneyball" (Columbia)

"The Artist" (Weinstein)

"The Descendants" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

"The Help" (DreamWorks)

"The Tree of Life" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

"War Horse" (DreamWorks Pictures)

BEST DIRECTOR

Woody Allen for "Midnight in Paris;" Stephen Daldry for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close;" Michel Hazanaviciius for "The Artist;" Terrence Malick for "The Tree of Life;" Bennett Miller for "Moneyball;" Alexander Payne for "The Descendants;" Martin Scorsese for "Hugo;" Steven Spielberg for "War Horse;" Tate Taylor for "The Help," and David Yates for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2."

BEST ACTOR

Antonio Banderas for "The Skin I Live In;" Demian Bichir for "A Better Life;" George Clooney for "The Descendants;" Leonardo DiCaprio for "J. Edgar;" Jean Dujardin for "The Artist;" Ralph Fiennes in "Coriolanus;" Joseph Gordon-Levitt for "50/50;" Brad Pitt for "Moneyball;" Michael Shannon for "Take Shelter," and Owen Wilson for "Midnight in Paris."

BEST ACTRESS

Berenice Bejo for "The Artist;" Glenn Close for "Alfred Nobbs;" Viola Davis for "The Help;" Kirsten Dunst for "Melancholia;" Elizabeth Olsen for "Martha Marcy May Marlene;" Britt Marling for "Another Earth;" Saoirse Ronan for "Hanna;" Meryl Streep for "The Iron Lady;" Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin," and Michelle Williams for "My Week With Marilyn."

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain for "Take Shelter," "Tree of Life," "The Help" and "The Debt;" Marion Cotillard for "Midnight in Paris;" Judi Dench for "J. Edgar;" and "My Week With Marilyn;" Charlotte Gainsbourg for "Melancholia;" Melissa McCarthy for "Bridesmaids;" Janet McTeer for "Albert Nobbs;" Vanessa Redgrave for "Coriolanus;" Alexandra Roach for "The Iron Lady;" Octavia Spencer in "The Help," and Shailene Woodley for "The Descendants."

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Jim Broadbent for "The Iron Lady;" Kenneth Branagh for "My Week With Marilyn;" Albert Brooks for "Drive;" Armie Hammer for "J. Edgar;" Jonah Hill for "Moneyball;" Christopher Plummer for "Beginners;" Alan Rickman for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2;" Seth Rogen for "50/50;" Andy Serkis for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and Max von Sydow for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

FOREIGN FILM

"A Separation," "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu," "Certified Copy," "Of Gods and Men," "The Skin I Live In," and "The Trollhunter."

BEST DOCUMENTARY

"Buck," "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," "Farmageddon," "Jane's Journey," "Nostalgia for the Light," "Project Nim," "Senna," and "Under Fire: Journalists in Combat."

BEST ANIMATED FILM

"Arthur Christmas," "Happy Feet Two," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots," "Rango," "Rio," "The Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicorn," and "Winnie the Pooh."

BEST ORIGINAL SCRIPT

J.J. Abrams for "Super 8;" Woody Allen for "Midnight in Paris;" Dustin Lance Black for "J. Edgar;" Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist;" Tom McCarthy for "Win Win;" Mike Mills for "Beginngers;" Abi Morgan for "The Iron Lady;" Jeff Nichols for "Take Shelter;" Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig for "Bridesmaids," and Will Reiser for "50/50."

BEST SCREEN ADAPTATION

Pedro Almodovar for "The Skin I Live In;" John Banville and Glenn Close for "Albert Nobbs;" George Clooney and Grant Heslove for "The Ides of March;" Richard Curtis and Lee Hall for "War Horse;" Emilio Estevez for "The Way;" John Logan for "Hugo;" Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for "The Descendants;" Eric Roth for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close;" Tate Taylor and Kathryn Stockett for "The Help," and Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin for "Moneyball."

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Manuel Alberto Claro for "Melancholia;" Janusz Kaminski for "War Horse;" Emmanuel Lubezki for "The Tree of Life;" Phedon Papamichael for "The Descendants;" Robert Richardson for "Hugo;" Guillaume Schiffman for "The Artist;" Eduardo Serra for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2;" Steven Soderbergh for "Contagion;" Dante Spinote for "Tower Heist," and Adam Stone for "Take Shelter."

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

"Captain America: The First Avenger," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," "Hugo," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Take Shelter," "The Tree of Life," and "The War Horse."

BEST USE OF MUSIC

Ludovic Bource for "The Artist;" Alexandre Desplat for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2;" Alexandre Desplat for "The Tree of Life;" Clint Eastwood for "J. Edgar;" John Powell for "Happy Feet Two;" Howard Shore for "Hugo," and John Williams for "War Horse."