Stars turn out for Chicago Film Critics Awards

Stars turn out for Chicago Film Critics Awards
Chicago native and former Chicago police officer Dennis Farina accepts the Commitment to Chicago award at the Chicago Film Critics Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 07, 2011, in Chicago. (Photo for the Tribune by Shauna Bittle)

The Chicago Film Critics Awards returned to the Broadway Playhouse at the

Water Tower

Jan. 7. This salute to Hollywood's best included Comedy Awards, conceived by Sharee Pemberton who produced the show along with film critic and Chicago Film Critics Association President Dann Gire.

Hosts Roe Conn and

Richard Roeper

announced that glasses were for sale to benefit

Ronald McDonald House Charities

. Doug Porter of Ronald McDonald House said the new facility, which will be the world's largest, would open in June and offer 95 rooms. The Chicago Film Critics Association will be providing films to the house for the families.

Awards for the evening included best picture honors for the

"The Tree of Life."
Terrence Malick

("The Tree of Life") won for best director.

Michael Shannon


"Take Shelter"

), A Red Orchid Theatre ensemble member, won for best actor, and

Michelle Williams


"My Week With Marilyn"

) received best actress honors.


Dennis Farina

received the Commitment to Chicago award (designed by Crystal Cave), presented by


7's Janet Davies.

Shirley MacLaine

was unable to attend but had filmed a video clip to accept her Commitment to the Craft award.

"The Muppets"


"Forgetting Sarah Marshall"


Jason Segel

was presented with Comedia Extraordinaire honors.

Regina Taylor

presented the first

Oscar Micheaux

award to

James Earl Jones

. Gire and Farina presented the Big Shoulders award to The Second City.

Freelance writer Candace Jordan is involved with many local organizations, including some whose events she covers.

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