'The Artist' Best Pic, George Clooney, Viola Davis Top Actors At Critics Choice Awards

HAMMOND: Do Critics Choice Awards Mean ‘The Artist’ Is Heading For Oscar?

The Artist won best picture and Michael Hazanavicius was named best director tonight at the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Other winners included George Clooney for best actor in The Descendants and Viola Davis who took best actress for her work in The Help. Christopher Plummer was named best supporting actor for Beginners and Octavia Spencer supporting actress for The Help. The Tree Of Life and War Horse tied for best cinematography. Hugo took the award for art direction and best editing went to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The Help also was honored with best acting ensemble. Woody Allen was awarded best original screenplay for Midnight In Paris. Thomas Horn was voted best young actor/actress for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Best animated feature went to Rango, and Bridesmaids was named best comedy. The awards are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The complete list of winners:

BEST PICTURE
“The Artist”

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney – “The Descendants”

BEST ACTRESS
Viola Davis – “The Help”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Thomas Horn – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
“The Help”

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Moneyball” – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (TIE)
“The Tree of Life”
AND
“War Horse”

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Hugo”

BEST EDITING
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Artist”

BEST MAKE-UP
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

BEST SOUND
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Rango”

BEST ACTION MOVIE
“Drive”

BEST COMEDY
“Bridesmaids”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Separation”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”

BEST SONG
“Life’s a Happy Song” – The Muppets
Performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter
Written by Bret McKenzie and The Muppets

BEST SCORE
“The Artist”

JOEL SIEGEL AWARD
Sean Penn

CRITICS’ CHOICE MUSIC+FILM AWARD
Martin Scorsese

  1. FOR GOD SAKES PEOPLE PLEASE no one call poor Kim Novak and let her know that The Artist won best score. I’m afraid that would just send push her over the edge. And don’t get me started about that BANG! title card…

  2. Having now seen Extremely Close – it is laughable that Hazanavicius gets best direct. Daldry made something with emotional depth and relevance. Artist is gimmicky and hugely over rated.

    1. Couldn’t disagree with you more. Michel Hazanavicius used what you call ‘gimmicks’ because he knew, and we knew, he was making a movie. He didn’t try to pass it off as real life. What you call “emotional depth” in “ELIC” I found to be manipulative, exploitative melodrama. And I think Daldry is capable of much better, as he has shown in previous films.

      1. Agree with you. ELIC is incredibly pretentious. People are reacting to the subject matter, not the filmmaking.

  3. a total disgrace… the above winner’s list is a joke.. an absolute ass-kissing by the Critics Choice Awards… the whole awards season is just one big wank…

  4. THE ARTIST lost steam in the middle of the 2nd Act. We get it – guys downfall from success, debutante on the rise to fame. They really love each other thought…so many REPEATED beats in the Artist.
    Its a true gimmick. Oh look we did a silent movie in 2012, aren’t we bold.

    For my buck I have to say MONEYBALL was a great film (granted very American in subject matter for foreign audiences) and one of Pitt’s best performances to date, compared to Clooney who had the usual Clooneyesque moments in his performance.

    Best Foregin and Best Adapted screenplay, both deserved.

  5. I wanted Charlize Theron to win for ” Young Adult. ” It is not easy pulling-off a character that is bitchy, soulless, narcissistic , and still make the character very complex and compelling to watch. Plus , I loved Charlize’s facial expressions and the body language she brought to this role. Hopefully, Theron will be nominated for an Oscar over the likes of Michelle Williams ( she can only portray depressed characters ) & Glenn Close.

  6. I like Clooney, but Best Actor for the Descendants? Really? Hollywood’s crush on the guy is blinding its judgment.

    1. Totally agree. I like him, I usually like the down and out thing, but this movie is a piffle, a speck of dust. Nothing there and he’s not doing anything at all in it. But boy, the charm goes a long way.

  7. George Clooney Best Actor? Seriously? Why not have done and just give it to Adam Sandler? And to think people have the unending gall to look down their nose at the PCA’s.

    Well, actually I’m one of them. But you get my point.

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