Friday, January 13, 2012

Critics Choice Award Winners

The 16th annual Critics Choice awards were announced last night, in probably one of the worst awards shows I have ever seen. I know people always complain about awards shows, but I generally enjoy them regardless of the typical internet snark. Last night's show, however, was painful. With its awful hosts and tasteless "best deaths reel" making fun of In Memoriam montages, the Critics Choice Awards were a crass, classless affair.


As for the awards themselves, well, The Artist continues its chug to the top, while everything else mostly fell in place behind it. Even its director, Michel Hazanavicius, seemed shocked at the critical praise that has been lavished on it, expressing his genuine shock at winning over Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese (granted, The Artist is a better film than War Horse). Viola Davis cemented her position as Meryl Streep's main competition for Best Actress, winning for her role in The Help. And in your WTF news of the day, War Horse won Best Cinematography over The Tree of Life. Yeah, I don't get it either.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Picture: The Artist 
Best Director: Michel Haznavicius, 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 Ensemble: The Help 
Best Young Actor: Thomas Horn, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Zaillian, Moneyball 
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris 
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation 
Best Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski, War Horse 
Best Art Direction: Hugo 
Best Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Best Costume: The Artist 
Best Score: The Artist 
Best Song: The Muppets, Life’s a Happy Song
Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes 
Best Make-Up: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt 2 
Best Sound: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt 2 
Best Action Movie: Drive 
Best Comedy: Bridesmaids 
Best Animated Feature: Rango 
Best Documentary: George Harrison: Living in the Material World 
Honorary Award: Martin Scorsese
Joel Siegel Award: Sean Penn

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