Critics Choice Awards: ARGO Wins Best Picture, Ben Affleck Is Best Director; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Picks Up Four

     January 10, 2013

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the winners of the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards tonight.  While Ben Affleck was noted as the lesser of the Best Director snubs when Oscar nominations were announced this morning, the BFCA named Affleck Best Director and his Argo Best Picture.  They feature genre awards—action, comedy, and sci-fi/horror all have their own Best Picture category—so there’s a bit of an “everybody gets a trophy” philosophy.  But that allowed Jennifer Lawrence to pick up two trophies: Best Actress in an Action Movie (The Hunger Games) and Best Actress in a Comedy (Silver Linings Playbook).  Silver Linings Playbook earned four total; the Best Comedy winner brought Lawrence’s co-star Bradley Cooper Best Actor in a Comedy and the rest of the cast Best Acting Ensemble.

The four primary acting awards went to major Oscar contenders Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Anne Hathaway.  But the BFCA also found room for Collider favorites Skyfall, Looper, and Cloud Atlas.  See the full list after the break.


  • Best Picture – Argo
  • Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Best Actress – Jessica Chastain
  • Best Supporting Actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway
  • Best Young Actor/Actress – Quvenzhane Wallis
  • Best Acting Ensemble – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Best Director – Ben Affleck
  • Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Tony Kushner
  • Best Cinematography – Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
  • Best Art Direction – Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer (Anna Karenina)
  • Best Editing – William Goldenberg/Dylan Tichenor (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina)
  • Best Makeup – Cloud Atlas
  • Best Visual Effects – Life of Pi
  • Best Animated Feature – Wreck-It Ralph
  • Best Action Movie – Skyfall
  • Best Actor in an Action Movie – Daniel Craig
  • Best Actress in an Action Movie – Jennifer Lawrence
  • Best Comedy – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Best Actor in a Comedy – Bradley Cooper
  • Best Actress in a Comedy – Jennifer Lawrence
  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie – Looper
  • Best Foreign Language Film – Amour
  • Best Documentary Feature – Searching for Sugarman
  • Best Song – Skyfall
  • Best Score – John Williams


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