Cheers and earnest respect for the National Society of Film Critics for handing Best Picture to Lars von Trier‘s Melancholia, Best Director to Tree of Life‘s Terrence Malick, Best Actress to Melancholia‘s Kirsten Dunst, Best Actor to Moneyball‘s Brad Pitt, Best Supporting Actor to Drive‘s Albert Brooks, Best Supporting Actress to Jessica Chastain for all of her 2011 roles, and their Best Supporting Actress runner-up distinction to Margaret‘s Jeannie Berlin.

These, at least, are interesting, commendable choices.

HE to Variety‘s Jeff Sneider: The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin still has the Best Actor Oscar in the bag, right? He’s a cinch!