If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a movie's cast is only great as its worst actor. This year we saw some of 2011's best films held together, not by one stand-out star, but by a group of amazing actors working together to make one great movie.
As we here at MTV News start to look back on the year of movies, we want your input for what you think are the best films of the year. Today, we kick things off for the award for Best Ensemble. Come back every day this week for a new poll and a new chance to decide which movies ruled the multiplex this year.
It only takes one viewing of the instant classic bridal boutique scene to know that this is an ensemble movie. Melissa McCarthy stole scenes throughout, with a star-making performance. Kristen Wiig held the film together with a great script and leading role, and Rose Byrne was the bitch we all loved to hate.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
For a movie ten years in the making, it was essential that every character got their moment. The big three may have been the focal point, but your favorite character was almost guaranteed to get their own moment to shine. Whether it was Hagrid's heart-wrenching march from the forest or Mrs. Weasley's perfect curse word, everyone shined in this epic finale.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1"
As the series begins it steps towards a conclusion, we begin to see every character heading toward the end of their story. Bella fights for her unborn child. Edward struggles to keep Bella alive. Jacob wrestles with the uncontrollable urge to remove his shirt. The movies may be about romantic love, but everyone involved is surrounded by a family of supporting characters ready to fight for them.
With a title like that, they better have some follow through, and they certainly did. I don't know if anyone will look at Jennifer Aniston the same way. The combination of the bosses from hell with their lovable underlings made for one of the year's best comedies and casts.
With such a complex story line and cast of character, the adaptation of the best-selling book lived or died with the performance of its cast. Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain turned in their usual fantastic work, while Octavia Spenser and Viola Davis earned Oscar talk.
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» Best Movie Ensemble
» Best Sex Scene
» Best Movie Robot
» Best Dressed
» Best Superhero
» Best Couples
» Best Set-Stalking
» Best Ryan Gosling Moments
» Most Likely To Win Best Picture