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"The Artist" Leads Washington Critics' Awards

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 5, 2011 at 12:22PM

Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" led the winners of the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards, taking the best picture prize.
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"The Artist"

Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" led the winners of the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards, taking the best picture prize.

The remaining prizes were significantly split between a group of films, including "Hugo" (best director, best art direction) and "The Descendants" (best actor, best adapted screenplay). Michelle Williams took best actress for "My Week With Marilyn," while Albert Brooks ("Drive") and Octavia Spencer ("The Help") took supporting acting honors.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the awards was Will Reiser's script for "50/50" taking original screenplay honors over the likes of "The Artist" and "Midnight in Paris," perhaps suggesting momentum for the film is more considerable than some expected.

Full list of winners and nominations below (winners are in bold).

Best Picture
"The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"Drive"
"Hugo"
"Win Win"


Best Director
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Alexander Payne, The Descendants"
Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

Best Actor
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Michael Fassbender, Shame"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter"

Best Actress
Viola Davis, "The Help"
Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week with Marilyn"
Albert Brooks, "Drive"
John Hawkes, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Andy Serkis, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, "The Artist"
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
Carey Mulligan, "Shame"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Best Acting Ensemble
"Bridesmaids"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"Margin Call"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"The Descendants"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"Moneyball"
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

Best Original Screenplay
"The Artist"
"Bridesmaids"
"50/50"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Win Win"

Best Animated Feature
"The Adventures of Tintin"
"Arthur Christmas"
"Puss in Boots"
"Rango"
"Winnie the Pooh"

Best Documentary
"Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey"
"Buck"
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams"
"Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life"
"Project Nim"

Best Foreign Language Film
"13 Assassins"
"Certified Copy"
"I Saw the Devil"
"Pina"
"The Skin I Live In"

Best Art Direction
"The Artist"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"Hugo"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"

Best Cinematography
"The Artist"
"Hugo"
"Melancholia"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"

Best Score
"The Artist"
"Drive"
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"War Horse"