Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive picked up two awards for Supporting Actor Albert Brooks and for the score by Cliff Martinez. The only other multiple prize-winner was Martha Marcy May Marlene, which won Most Promising Performer for Elizabeth Olsen and Most Promising Filmmaker for writer-director Sean Durkin.
The Best Actor Award went to Chicago actor Michael Shannon for Take Shelter. Michelle Williams was named Best Actress for playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.
The Artist won for Best Original Screenplay. For Adapted Screenplay, the winner was the baseball film Moneyball.
A Separation was named Best Foreign Film. The Best Documentary award went to the Chicago-set The Interrupters about former gangsters who are determined to stop violence in their neighbourhoods. Unfortunately, it was left off the short list for the Academy Awards.
Among the contenders which came away empty-handed were The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Shame, Midnight in Paris and Beginners.
The 2011 Chicago Film Critics Awards ceremony will take place on January 7, 2012 at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse.
Complete list of winners for the 2011 Chicago Film Critics Awards
The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick—The Tree of Life
Michael Shannon—Take Shelter
Michelle Williams—My Week with Marilyn
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain—The Tree of Life
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Michel Hazanavicius—The Artist
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin—Moneyball
The Tree of Life—Emmanuel Lubezki
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST ANIMATED FILM
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Elizabeth Olsen—Martha Marcy May Marlene
MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Sean Durkin—Martha Marcy May Marlene
COMMITMENT TO THE CRAFT AWARD
OSCAR MICHEAUX AWARD
James Earl Jones
COMMEDIA EXTRAORDINAIRE AWARD
COMMITMENT TO CHICAGO AWARD
BIG SHOULDERS AWARD