The Artist Tops The Critics Choice Award Winners

By Katey Rich 2012-01-12 22:21:58discussion comments
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With all the small critics group awards handed out, it's finally time for the biggest, glitziest critic's prizes of them all. The Critics Choice Awards are voted on by a single group, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, but being televised on TV and having a snappy name, they somehow wind up standing for the opinions of all critics, everywhere. And given how well the winners of tonight's awards ceremony lined up with the other critic group prizes, I guess that makes perfect sense. Here's the list of all the Critics Choice Award winners:

Best Picture: The Artist
Best Comedy: Bridesmaids
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Best Action Movie: Drive
Best Documentary: George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Actress: Viola Davis, The Help
Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Ensemble: The Help
Best Young Actor: Thomas Horn, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, Moneyball
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski, War Horse
Best Art Direction: Hugo
Best Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Costume: The Artist
Best Score: The Artist
Best Song: The Muppets, "Life’s a Happy Song
Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Best Make-Up: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Best Sound: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

As should well be expected by now, The Artist swept yet another group of critic's awards, though neither of its actors managed to take home a prize-- Jean Dujardin was bested by George Clooney for Best Actor, while Berenice Bejo was bested by The Help's Octavia Spencer. It's interesting that The Artist appears to be the runaway favorite for Best Picture, but neither of its actors-- both very good in their roles-- seem capable of taking home their respective prizes.

If you're watching The Golden Globes on Sunday, keep an eye to see if any of the prize winners match up-- that might be where you see a real Oscar frontrunner start to emerge. In the meantime, just take this as yet more proof that critics really, really love The Artist-- and that they somehow voted for Thomas Horn in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as Best Young Actor, despite the fact that nobody even seems to have seen that movie. Still not sure how that happened.
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