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by Peter Knegt
January 12, 2012 9:43 PM
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'The Artist' Leads Critics' Choice Award Winners

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

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

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

Best Comedy

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

Best Acting Ensemble
"The Help"


  • Docs | January 13, 2012 11:14 AMReply

    Wasn't there a documentary award? Isn't that relevant here?

  • Kasra | January 13, 2012 10:43 AMReply

    VIVA Asghar Farhadi and "A Separation"!!!

  • Ronnie D. | January 13, 2012 8:05 AMReply

    The Artist won for best picture and best director, not best actor.

  • joe | January 13, 2012 3:48 AMReply

    about foreign movie "Declaration of War" It's a heart wrenching French film about a young couple coping with their toddler's cancer diagnosis. Based on their own true story, director Valerie Donzelli and writer Jeremie Elkaim also star in this poignant, inspiring drama. it's great. and where do we go now , pina they are the greatest movie this year . what's the hell there .it's crazy. and policy .

  • Lex | January 13, 2012 1:31 AMReply

    These award wins are all over the place. Not one movie is going to take the majority of the awards, which I think is correct. Not one movie from last year can be considered great. And if someone says The Help, I will stop you now. I cannot believe how silly and corny was this movie, not depicting the dark realities of that time period. Great acting, mediocre screenplay. Hope for more interesting films this year.

  • Ronnie D. | January 13, 2012 12:55 AMReply

    @Peterknegt - You wrote that The Artist scored wins for both best picture and best actor - might want to change that.

    p.s. hire some new editors.

  • Matty Tyler Walker | January 12, 2012 10:14 PMReply

    WOW...two years running they "predicted" the acting awards!!!! WOW WOWOWOW What a record!

  • Gonzalo T | January 12, 2012 10:14 PMReply

    It was as expected, The Artist won best picture, Drive(which I thought deserved better) won best action movie, Clooney won best actor. It's a shame the Tree of Life did not do better.