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'The Artist' Leads Critics' Choice Award Winners

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 12, 2012 at 9:43PM

The Critics Choice Awards - handed out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association - were announced tonight in Los Angeles, with Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" scoring wins for both best picture and best actor.
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Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist."

The Critics Choice Awards - handed out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association - were announced tonight in Los Angeles, with Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" scoring wins for both best picture and best director, as well as nods for costume design and original score.

Meanwhile, George Clooney ("The Descendants"), Viola Davis ("The Help"), Christopher Plummer ("Beginners") and Octavia Spencer ("The Help") won the acting categories. For two years running, the Critics Choice have correctly predicted every single acting winner at the Oscars, which suggests these four have good reason to start getting some more speeches ready.

Other major winners included "Moneyball" and "Midnight in Paris" in the screenplay categories, and "A Separation" in the foreign language film category. 

Full list of 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 Adapted Screenplay
Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, "Moneyball"

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"

Best Cinematography
 "War Horse" and "The Tree of Life" (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 Score
"The Artist"

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

Best Animated Feature
"Rango"

Best Foreign Language Film
"A Separation"

Best Documentary:
George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Best Sound:


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"

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

Best Action Movie
"Drive"

Best Comedy
"Bridesmaids"

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

Best Acting Ensemble
"The Help"