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Critics Choice Awards Choose 'Argo'

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire January 10, 2013 at 11:52PM

Meanwhile, Iowa Film Critics named "Lincoln" the best film of 2012.
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"Argo"
"Argo"

The Oscars taketh away, but the critics giveth. Jilted by the Academy Awards this morning (at least in the Best Director category, where he was supposed to be a favorite), Ben Affleck and his Iranian hostage thriller "Argo" scored the Best Picture and the Best Director prizes at the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics' Choice Awards earlier this evening. They're not Oscars, but y'know, they're still pretty cool (and let's not forget that Affleck already has an Oscar. And a gorgeous movie star wife and family. And millions of dollars. And a thriving directing career. And a severely underrated head of hair. He'll be fine.)

The other big winner of the night: awards. Holy crap, the Broadcast Film Critics Association gives out a lot of them. All the usual categories you would expect, plus an extra set of Best Film, Actor, and Actress specifically for action films (dominated, not surprisingly, by "Skyfall") and another set for comedies (dominated, not surprisingly, by "Silver Linings Playbook") and a separate award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie (won, maybe a little surprisingly, by "Looper"). Here's the full list of winners from the Critics' Choice Awards, but be careful; it is long. You may want to hit the head before you dive into this thing; otherwise you'll probably need a bathroom break midway through.

Best Picture: "Argo"
Best Director: Ben Affleck, "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 Miserables"
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
Best Score: John Williams, "Lincoln"
Best Editing: William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"
Best Production Design: Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, "Anna Karenina"
Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, "Anna Karenina"
Best Makeup: "Cloud Atlas"
Best Visual Effects: "Life of Pi"
Best Animated Feature: "Wreck-It Ralph"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"
Best Documentary Feature: "Searching For Sugar Man"
Best Acting Ensemble: "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Young Actor/Actress: Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
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"

Also, lest we let this group pass completely unnoticed, the Iowa Film Critics Association named their awards for 2012 earlier this week. In the Hawkeye State, "Lincoln" was the big winner, along with:

Best Film: "Lincoln"
Best Director: Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Animated Film: "Brave"

Best Film Yet to Open in Iowa: "Amour" 

The next big ticket critics awards: this Sunday's Golden Globes, which are put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 

Other 2012 Critics Awards (Best Film Pick in Parenthesis)
-New York Film Critics Circle ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Boston Online Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Los Angeles Film Critics Association ("Amour")
-Boston Society of Film Critics ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-New York Film Critics Online ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Las Vegas Film Critics Society ("Life of Pi")
-San Diego Film Critics Society ("Argo")
-Toronto Film Critics Association ("The Master")
-Chicago Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Detroit Film Critics Society ("Silver Linings Playbook")
-Kansas City Film Critics Circle ("The Master")
-San Francisco Film Critics Circle ("The Master")
-Southeastern Film Critics Association ("Argo")
-Austin Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Florida Film Critics Circle ("Argo")
-African-American Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Black Film Critics Circle ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-National Society of Film Critics ("Amour")
-Online Film Critics Society ("Argo")
-The Alliance of Women Film Journalists ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Vancouver Film Critics Circle ("Zero Dark Thirty")

This article is related to: 2012 Critics Polls, Awards


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