IMDB is well known for shunning gloss and candy floss in favour of landmark cinema with substance. Its list of top user-rated movies of 2011 reinforces that fact by putting a relatively little known Iranian drama at the top of the list, and ignoring big blockbusters like Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 that suffered from flawed storytelling and weak scripts.
A Separation is a drama film from Iran about dissolution of marriage that has already lapped up more than a couple of dozen awards from film festivals across the world. Scorsese’s Hugo, which is a mesmerizing adventure about a boy who lives alone in a railway station, was the runners up.
IMDB also analyzed the page views of people pages to come up with STARmeter for 2011. Natalie Portman who moved audiences around the globe with her riveting performance in Black Swan was the most popular actor of 2011. The fact that her other two movies of the year – No Strings Attached and Thor, were also box office successes, also helped. In fact, 2011 was a rather eventful year for Portman who won the Oscar, got engaged, and had a baby boy in the past twelve months.
The runners-up in IMDB’s STARmeter was Portman’s Black Swan co-star Mila Kunis, who also starred in Friends with Benefits. Johnny Depp who topped the list last year, found himself at the third spot this year. Head over to IMDB for the full list.