'The Artist' Continues Awards Sweep With Four Wins At The Critic's Choice Awards; George Clooney & Viola Davis Take Best Actor/Actress

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by Oliver Lyttelton
January 13, 2012 9:10 AM
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We've still got about six weeks to go in the awards season, but we're all but done with the nomination process (bar the Oscars, of course), and moving into the stage where people actually get to start filling up their trophy cabinet. The Golden Globes are on Sunday, but last night saw the first televised ceremonies of 2012, the Broadcast Film Critic's Association Critic's Choice Awards.

And for the most part, if you're looking for an indicator of how things might turn out at the end of February at the Kodak Theater, this seems to be a pretty good one. "The Artist" continued its general sweep by picking up Best Picture and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius (along with Best Costume Design and Best Score), while front-runners George Clooney and Christopher Plummer walked away with Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively for "The Descendants" and "Beginners."

Meanwhile, it was good news for the ladies of "The Help," who've been widely tipped, but mostly ignored by the critics' groups, with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer winning Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, and the cast picking up a Best Ensemble Prize. "Midnight in Paris" and "Moneyball" took Screenplay awards, "Harry Potter" won two technical prizes, and otherwise, the love was spread, with "Hugo, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," "The Muppets" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" all winning below-the-line awards, with "The Tree of Life" and "War Horse" splitting Cinematography. Meanwhile, "A Separation" took Foreign FIlm, and "Rango" Best Animation, both choices likely to be reflected by the Academy, and Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living In The Material World," ineligible for the Oscars (but given a DGA nod), won the Documentary award.

And, the BFCA also has a few non-Oscar categories -- Best Action Film and Best Comedy -- which meant that "Drive" and "Bridesmaids" stuck around the conversation as well, while "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" finally got some awards love with its young star Thomas Horn winning Best Young Actor/Actress, and Sean Penn and Martin Scorsese both got lifetime-achievement awards. The Critic's Choice aren't massively influential (although more so than the Globes), but there's certainly some trends to be spotted here. More to come in our Amazing Race column later this afternoon, full winners below.

Best Picture: "The Artist"

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, "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 Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, "Moneyball"

Best Foreign Language Film: "A Separation"

Best Animated Feature: "Rango"

Best Documentary: "George Harrison: Living in the Material World"

Best Cinematography: "The Tree of Life" and "War Horse" (tie)

Best Art Direction: "Hugo"

Best Costume Design: "The Artist"

Best Film Editing: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

Best Makeup: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

Best Original Score: "The Artist"

Best Original Song: "Life's a Happy Song" from "The Muppets"

Best Sound: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

Best Visual Effects: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

Best Ensemble: "The Help"

Best Young Actor/Actress: Thomas Horn, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Best Comedy: "Bridesmaids"

Best Action Film: "Drive"

Joel Siegel Award: Sean Penn

Music and Film Award: Martin Scorsese

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4 Comments

  • Brad | January 13, 2012 9:31 AMReply

    Since when does Best Score and and best costume design along with best picture and director constitute an awards sweep. Last time I checked it was Best Picture Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

  • cirkusfolk | January 13, 2012 1:04 PM

    At first I thought that was what he meant too. But one thing I did take away from these awards is that it is very likely this year will see the most divided of Oscars since I can remember. Everyone knows usually one film (or sometimes two, last year it was Kings Speech and Social Network) comes along and wins just about everything, save for some technical awards. This year, according to these awards at least, the major awards (meaning Pic, Director, both Actor and Actresses and both screenplays) were divided amongst 6 films. And you might even bet on the Oscars splitting Pic and Director for the first time in quite awhile. Maybe Artist for Picture and Payne or Fincher for director. Who knows, but it should be interesting.

  • Brad | January 13, 2012 11:27 AM

    I apologize for any triteness on my part. You guys do a good job, and reading your blog is one of the more enjoyable parts of my day.

  • Oliver Lyttelton | January 13, 2012 9:35 AM

    Since The Artist kept winning Best Picture at ALL THE AWARDS. If I'd meant that it swept the Critics' Choice Awards, the headline would have been 'The Artist Sweeps Critics' Choice Awards'

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