Is This the Best Advertising of 2011?

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By Bob Marshall Comment

With awards season in full swing and Cannes approaching, Forbes decided to take it upon themselves to nominate and best and most recognition-worthy TV commercials of the past year.

Populating the list are some of you commenters’ favorite topics of debate including Willem Dafoe’s “Parallels” campaign for Jim Beam from Strawberry Frog (above), Adidas’ giant “All In” marketing push from Sid Lee, DirecTV’s silly, mini-giraffed “Epic Win” from Grey and Allstate’s “Snow Mayhem” spot from Leo Burnett. It also included also included Super Bowl auto favorites “Imported from Detroit” from W+K and VW’s adorable “The Force” spot featuring the now-beloved “Kid Vader.”

What say you, ad professionals, wannabes and dinosaurs? Did those hacks at Forbes get this one right? In my opinion, one glaring omission is the NFL’s “Best Fans Ever” Super Bowl spot by Grey. I haven’t stopped smiling since I saw the Fonz wearing an Aaron Rodgers jersey right before A-Rod brought the Lombardi trophy back to Titletown. See the full list here, and a few more spots after the jump.