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Entertainment News: Critics Choice Awards

The Artist’ Takes Top Prize

Above: George Clooney leads the cast of Alexander Payne's "The Descendants."

Tonight the Broadcast Film Critics Association bestowed their Critics Choice Awards, and France's "The Artist" took the top prize as well as a trio of others.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association is the largest film critics organization in the U.S. and Canada. It represents 250 television, radio, and Internet critics. Their Critics Choice Awards have, in a few short years, established themselves as a good predictor of the Oscars.

With that in mind, prepare for the black and white, French art house hit "The Artist" to garner some gold at the Oscars next month. The near dialogue-free film won best picture as well as best director for Michel Hazanavicius. But Americans claimed the top acting awards. George Clooney nabbed a best actor award for his work in "The Descendants," while Viola Davis took home the best actress award for "The Help."

Here is a complete list of winners. You can check out the complete list of nominees here.

BEST PICTURE

“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 YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Thomas Horn - "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

“The Help”

BEST DIRECTOR

Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

"Midnight in Paris" - Woody Allen

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

"Moneyball" - Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (TIE)

"The Tree of Life"

AND

"War Horse"

BEST ART DIRECTION

"Hugo"

BEST EDITING

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

"The Artist"

BEST MAKE-UP

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

BEST SOUND

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

“Rango”

BEST ACTION MOVIE

“Drive”

BEST COMEDY

“Bridesmaids”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“A Separation”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”

BEST SONG

"Life's a Happy Song" – The Muppets

Performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter

Written by Bret McKenzie and The Muppets

BEST SCORE

"The Artist"

JOEL SIEGEL AWARD

Sean Penn

CRITICS’ CHOICE MUSIC+FILM AWARD

Martin Scorsese

Comments

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | January 13, 2012 at 11:41 a.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

DRIVE as "best action film" over RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES??? lol

In today's ADD-short attention-span universe, DRIVE would be considered a meditiation!!! With apologies to Robert Bresson!

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Missionaccomplished | January 13, 2012 at 11:45 a.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

Joel Siegel Award? I recall he was a purely commercial film critic--about as deep as a Judith Crist or a Gene Shalit!

So what is this award for? Liberal actors who embarrass other LIberals and make them look bad? Then I agree, Penn deserves the award.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | January 14, 2012 at 3:16 p.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

Drive is an odd choice -- odd nomination in fact -- for action film. In a sense it is an anti-action film. My pick was 13 Assassins. That was an artful kick-ass action film, and brutal as hell.

As for the Joel Siegel award... I'm a voting member of the group but not sure what that award is really meant to represent. I don't recall getting it on my ballot to vote on who wins. But I would suspect that most of the critics voting in these awards are more mainstream than from genre sites where smaller and more diverse films might dominate choices.

Thanks for the comments.

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