Thursday, January 10, 2013

Critics Choose Argo and Jennifer Lawrence

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) gave out their awards tonight at the Critics Choice Awards. The winners were...

Best Picture: Argo
Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained
Best Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln
Best Ensemble: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Young Actor: Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
Best Documentary: Searching for Sugarman
Best Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph
Best Comedy: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actress, Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor, Comedy: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Action Movie: Skyfall
Best Actress, Action Movie: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Best Actor, Action Movie: Daniel Craig, Skyfall
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Looper
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi
Best Editing: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Art Direction: Anna Karenina
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Best Makeup: Cloud Atlas
Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina
Best Score: Lincoln
Best Song: "Skyfall," Skyfall

Fresh off from his Oscar snub for directing, Ben Affleck came out on top at tonight's awards show picking up, what else, Best Director and another one for his film Argo which won Best Picture. His acceptance speech began by thanking the Academy tongue-in-cheek. One would think that he really did have momentum before his non-nomination this morning. What could've been, you know? I'm honestly intrigued to see what the DGA will do (i.e. Affleck or Bigelow winning).

Another big winner of the night was Jennifer Lawrence who accepted three awards as she won Best Actress in a Comedy (Silver Linings Playbook) and in an Action Movie (The Hunger Games) as well as be part of the Best Ensemble win for Silver Linings. The latter film took home a leading 4 wins also Best Comedy Film and Best Comedy Actor for Bradley Cooper who briefly spoke about his stint in the hilarious Wet Hot American Summer which amused me greatly.

Argo and Silver Linings were not the only films honored. Like last year, the critics made sure most of its Best Picture nominees got some love with each film getting at least one award with the exception of Moonrise Kingdom. Five of the other Best Picture nominees got love through its actors as Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), and Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) picked up their first (and likely not last) major awards of the season with Wallis getting Best Young Actor for her role. Django Unchained picked up Original Screenplay and Life of Pi picked up a couple of technical awards. Skyfall, Anna Karenina, Looper, Cloud Atlas, Searching for Sugarman, Amour, and Wreck-It Ralph were also honored. Then again so was Judd Apatow for being a genius or something. Oh and Twilight was voted on by the public as the Best Franchise of All Time. Yup, that happened.

All in all, the winners were good enough for the most part, but for being the first major awards show, it kind of felt like a dud to me. Here's hoping for better in the next few weeks!

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