Critics' Choice Movie Awards: 'Argo' Best Picture, Director; Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain Take Acting Honors

Ben Affleck got some consolation tonight when his Argo was named Best Picture and he was honored as Best Director at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Affleck, who was overlooked in the director category at today’s Oscar Nominations, took things in stride tonight as he picked up his award for Argo: “I would like to thank the Academy. I’m kidding, this is the award that really counts”.

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards took place at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. This morning Lincoln dominated Oscar nominations with 12, and Steven Spielberg’s historic film portrait also dominated the broadcast critics contenders with 13. The CW is broadcasting the event from 8 PM to 10 PM Eastern time, tape delayed for the West Coast.

Daniel Day-Lewis, accepting his award for Best Actor, said that Lincoln was “One of the great unforeseen privileges of my life. Each and every day was filled with discovery and the joy of discovery.” Jessica Chastain was voted Best Actress for her work as a driven CIA analyst for Zero Dark Thirty. Jennifer Lawrence nabbed two prizes, one for Best Actress in an Action Movie for The Hunger Games and the other for Best Actress in a Comedy for Silver Linings Playbook.

A complete list of winners follows:

BEST PICTURE
Argo

BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway – “Les Misérables”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Silver Linings Playbook

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck – “Argo”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Tony Kushner – “Lincoln”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Life of Pi” – Claudio Miranda

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Anna Karenina” – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer; Katie Spencer/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING
“Zero Dark Thirty” – William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Anna Karenina” – Jacqueline Durran

BEST MAKEUP
Cloud Atlas

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Life of Pi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Wreck-It Ralph

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Skyfall

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Daniel Craig – “Skyfall”

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Jennifer Lawrence = “The Hunger Games”

BEST COMEDY
Silver Linings Playbook

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
Looper

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Searching for Sugar Man

BEST SONG
“Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall

BEST SCORE
“Lincoln” – John Williams

    1. HUH???? Why in the world would you be so happy to hear someone win for a movie that you clearly did not see — if you did — you would certainly not call it the most brilliant film of the year.

  1. Where’s Christoph Waltz’s nomination? Hard to believe anything they have to say with that glaring omission.

  2. @G&B, Christoph Waltz has in fact been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Django Unchained. 2 big omissions to me was John Hawkes for The Sessions & Ben Affleck for Argo.

    1. “I would like to thank the Academy. I’m kidding, this is the award that really counts”.

      Sure, Ben, sure…

  3. I understand that they love Jennifer Lawrence. I love her too. But it doesn’t mean that they have to give her every award now. Rebel Wison should have won in BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY. It’s a comedy category after all. Pitch Perfect was way more funny. Don’t invent that category if you don’t take it seriously and give awards to the movies that have more awards nominations and not the one’s that are funnier.

    I was really surprised when they gave best actress to Jessica Chastain. There was such a drunk party with Silver Linings Playbook and Jennifer Lawrence when critics gave them every second award in the beginning that I was 90% sure that they will give Jennifer third award in the night.

    Those Action categories were so embarrassing. It’s like we were watching People’s choice awards again. Only Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift were missing. They could easily nominate Twilight people in that category too. Last Twilight movie had action too you know. And Kristen Stewart and Pattinson would get their Critic’s Choice nominations…. I hope they will see hoe damaging those categories are for awards reputation and will get rid of them. I can’t take those awards seriously when they have Best Sci-Fi and Action categories. I automatically remember all those MTV, Teen, Kids, People’s awards that are voted by fans and where Twilight wins in every nomination.

    1. Jennifer Lawrence was not good in Silver Linings Playbook. She didn’t bring any ounce of credibility nor humor to her performance. Lawrence ,also, didn’t deserve the Best Action Actress for The Hunger Games, because she was completely boring in that role. Now, I would have given it to Anne Hathaway for pulling-off the impossible. She made Catwoman her own and handled the role with unbelievable ease and intelligence-and she did most of her own stunts.

  4. Critics’ Choice Movie Awards was, in my opinion, the best awards show I’ve seen in years. Despite the poor advertising, the listing on Dish as simply “Movie Awards” so we didn’t even know what it was, the informal, easy-going ambiance, the lack of music playing them off for speaking too long, the natural and comfortable attitudes of those on and offstage, made the whole thing feel so much more real and interesting. The Oscars and Golden Globes presentations should learn a few things from this. And Sam Rubin (despite my wish he refrain from promoting his political biason TV) did an excellent job. Good choice, Critics’ Choice.

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