While the awards - handed out by International Press Academy - are generally disregarded as a serious Oscar precursor due to their often inexplainable decisions, this year's batch definitely offered a lot of worthy nominees, particularly from the specialty and foreign-language sector.
There were loads of unexpected nominations from tiny, often deserving films among major Oscar contenders. Laura Birn and Emile Dequenne got best actress nominations for "Purge" and "Our Children," for example, over the likes of Marion Cotillard ("Rust and Bone"), Helen Mirren ("Hitchcock") and Naomi Watts ("The Impossible"). And despite a general love for "Lincoln," Sally Field got snubbed in supporting actress in favor of Helene Florent from Quebecois import "Cafe de Flore." They also seemed to love "Les Miserables" and "Life of Pi" overall, but nominated Kim Ki-Duck -- director of "Pieta" -- over Tom Hooper and Ang Lee in the best director category. Unexpected all, but at least interesting.
As for the winners, the Satellites somehow loved "Silver Linings" enough for to give it those top prizes, but then snubbed its arguably most worthy attribute -- screenplay -- in favor of "Life of Pi." They also oddly awarded "Rise of the Guardians" and "Chasing Ice" animated feature and documentary honors, and "Flight" best visual effects over "Life of Pi," "Prometheus," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Cloud Atlas."
Full list of winners and nominations below:
ARGO WARNER BROS.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK THE WEINSTEIN CO.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
LES MISÉRABLES UNIVERSAL
SKYFALL COLUMBIA PICTURES
MOONRISE KINGDOM FOCUS FEATURES
THE SESSIONS FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
LIFE OF PI TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
ZERO DARK THIRTY COLUMBIA PICTURES
DAVID O. RUSSELL SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK THE WEINSTEIN CO.
BEN AFFLECK ARGO WARNER BROS.
KIM KI-DUK PIETA DRAFTHOUSE FILMS
BEN LEWIN THE SESSIONS FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
STEVEN SPIELBERG LINCOLN DREAMWORKS/TOUCHSTONE
KATHRYN BIGELOW ZERO DARK THIRTY COLUMBIA PICTURES
Actress in a Motion Picture Name
JENNIFER LAWRENCE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK THE WEINSTEIN CO.
EMILIE DEQUENNE OUR CHILDREN VERSUS PRODUCTION
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY ANNA KARENINA FOCUS FEATURES
EMMANUELLE RIVA AMOUR SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
LAURA BIRN PURGE SOLAR FILMS
LAURA LINNEY HYDE PARK ON HUDSON FOCUS FEATURES
JESSICA CHASTAIN ZERO DARK THIRTY COLUMBIA PICTURES
Actor in a Motion Picture
JOHN HAWKES THE SESSIONS FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
OMAR SY THE INTOUCHABLES THE WEINSTEIN CO.
HUGH JACKMAN LES MISÉRABLES UNIVERSAL
JOAQUIN PHOENIX THE MASTER THE WEINSTEIN CO.
DENZEL WASHINGTON FLIGHT PARAMOUNT PICTURES
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS LINCOLN DREAMWORKS/TOUCHSTONE
BRADLEY COOPER SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK THE WEINSTEIN CO.
Actress in a Supporting Role
AMY ADAMS THE MASTER THE WEINSTEIN CO.
HELENE FLORENT CAFÉ DE FLORE ADOPT FILMS
ANNE HATHAWAY LES MISÉRABLES UNIVERSAL
HELEN HUNT THE SESSIONS FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
JUDI DENCH SKYFALL COLUMBIA PICTURES
SAMANTHA BARKS LES MISERABLES UNIVERSAL
Actor in a Supporting Role
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN THE MASTER THE WEINSTEIN CO.
ROBERT DE NIRO SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK THE WEINSTEIN CO.
JOHN GOODMAN FLIGHT PARAMOUNT PICTURES
JAVIER BARDEM SKYFALL COLUMBIA PICTURES
TOMMY LEE JONES LINCOLN DREAMWORKS/TOUCHSTONE
EDDIE REDMAYNE LES MISÉRABLES UNIVERSAL
Motion Picture, International Film
AMOUR SONY PICTURES CLASSICS AUSTRIA
A ROYAL AFFAIR MAGNOLIA PICTURES DENMARK
THE INTOUCHABLES THE WEINSTEIN CO. FRANCE (tie)
OUR CHILDREN LE FILMS DU LOSANGE BELGIUM
KON-TIKI THE WEINSTEIN CO. NORWAY
PIETA DRAFTHOUSE FILMS SOUTH KOREA (tie)
BEYOND THE HILLS SUNDANCE SELECTS ROMANIA
WAR WITCH TRIBECA FILM CANADA
CAESAR MUST DIE ADOPT FILM ITALY
Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
PARANORMAN FOCUS FEATURES
WRECK-IT RALPH WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS DREAMWORKS ANIMATION BRAVE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX ANIMATION FRANKENWEENIE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
(Lots) more winners and nominations on the next page.