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"The Tree of Life" has won yet another victory with critics, topping the annual Village Voice film poll and winning best director for Terrence Malick. The film was followed by Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation"; Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" came in third. Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" also fared well with this sample of 95 critics, earning Screenplay and Actress and Supporting Actress nods for Anna Paquin and Jeannie Berlin, respectively. (I did not vote for the long-delayed post-9/11 film.) The poll's weighted passion index is explained, and individual critics' votes listed, here. Adding much-needed wins »


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