For the last five years, I and four fellow movie-lovers from the GoldDerby forums at the Envelope have joined together to choose the best in film, calling ourselves the Envelope Film Institute. Not all of our winners reflect my specific personal opinions (I’ll unveil my own top ten list next month), but they were arrived upon by fellows of good taste and discernment. It provides us the excitement and debate of an established critics’ group, but without Armond White to ruin everything.

These were our winners:

Best Picture

2. Black Swan
3. Inception
4. Winter’s Bone
5. The Ghost Writer
6. A Prophet
7. Animal Kingdom
8. Another Year
9. Please Give
10. I Am Love

Best Director

Runner Up: David Fincher, “The Social Network”

Best Actor

Runner Up: Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine”

Best Actress

Runner Up: Tilda Swinton, “I Am Love”

Best Supporting Actor

Runner Up: Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network”

Best Supporting Actress

Runner Up: Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Best Original Screenplay

Runner Up: David Michôd, “Animal Kingdom”

Best Adapted Screenplay

Runner Up: Robert Harris, Roman Polanski, “The Ghost Writer”

Best Ensemble Cast

Runner Up: “The Social Network”


Best Animated Film

Runner Up: “How to Train Your Dragon”

Best Documentary

Runner Up: “Inside Job”

Best Foreign Language Film

Runner Up: “Mother” (South Korea)

Best First Film

Runner Up: Banksy, “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

Best Breakthrough Performance

Runner Up: Greta Gerwig, “Greenberg”

Best Cinematography

Runner Up: Robert Richardson, “Shutter Island”


Best Film Editing

Runner Up: “The Social Network”

Best Production Design

Runner Up: “I Am Love”

Best Score

Runner Up: Alexandre Desplat, “The Ghost Writer”

Best Song

Runner Up: “Shine,” from “Waiting for Superman”

Best Visual Effects

Runner Up: “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”