‘The Artist’ Tops the 2012 Critics Choice Movie Awards Winners

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2012 Critics Choice Award winners
Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in The Artist
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

Well, for those of you that followed me on Twitter last night you saw a few of my updates from the floor at the 2012 Critics Choice Movie Awards where The Artist was named the Best Film of the year along with winning Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius. The film also won for Best Costumes and Score.

As far as my Best Picture predictions?

Outside of The Artist, I would say The Help gained some serious Oscar momentum with wins for ensemble, Best Actress (Viola Davis) and Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer). Both Davis and Spencer also delivered excellent speeches, which I’m sure moved the Academy and will also make the Screen Actors Guild Awards a little more interesting as The Help could also dominate those awards on Sunday, January 29.

Christopher Plummer wasn’t much of a surprise with the Best Supporting Actor win for his role in Beginners and he too gave a great speech and George Clooney (The Descendants) will now continue on a path that should have him cleaning up to the Oscars with his win for Best Actor.

There was one below-the-line surprise as far as I was concerned when The Tree of Life and War Horse tied for Best Cinematography. I was also surprised to see Thomas Horn take home the Best Young Actor/Actress award for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, an award I thought would certainly go to Shailene Woodley for The Descendants despite my love for Horn’s performance.

Additionally, Martin Scorsese accepted the Critics Choice Music+Film Award, which was accompanied by an excellent live performance from Bob Dylan and Sean Penn was awarded the Joel Siegel Award, an award created to honor those in the film community whose actions demonstrate that the greatest value of celebrity is the ability to do good work for others.

I have included all of last night’s winners directly below and I have also updated my “Oscar Overture” section with the win for The Artist as I’m continuing to track the precursor awards leading up to the Oscars. And if you click over there you’ll notice this is just the start of things.

I will soon have my predictions for this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards online and that night I will be live-blogging the event with winners and commentary all night long. I hope you’ll join in with the festivities and play along.

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
  • 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

BEST SCORE

  • The Artist