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Brad Pitt Wins Best Actor At New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011

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Could this be the beginning of a golden winter for Brad Pitt?

The megastar won the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Actor on Tuesday, taking home the award for his work in two very diverse -- and critically acclaimed -- films.

This summer, he starred in Terrence Malick's indie epic thought piece, "The Tree of Life," playing a tough father in mid-century Texas. Then, he starred in the more mainstream "Moneyball," the true-life story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and his assault on baseball traditions.

Pitt's "Tree of Life" co-star and on-screen wife in that film, Jessica Chastain, took home the NYFCC's award for Best Supporting Actress for her own sprawling filmography. In addition to "The Tree of LIfe," Chastian starred in "The Debt" as an Israeli spy, and "The Help" as a southern woman in the 1960s.

The NYFCC is one of the more well-regarded critics awards, and could serve as a good platform for Pitt's Academy Awards campaign. He's been nominated for Oscars twice before, in 2008 for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and in 1995 for "Twelve Monkeys" (the latter of which won him a Golden Globe), but Pitt has never taken home an Oscar for acting. He did co-produce the 2007 Best Picture winner, "The Departed," but he was not credited for its win.

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