After director Ben Affleck failed to score an Oscar nomination this morning, his film "Argo" took home the top prize at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics Chocie Awards. Affleck also took best director and began his speech by joking, "I would like to thank the Academy. I'm kidding, I'm kidding!"
As I've said before, the Critics Choice Awards are presented by film journalists, not Academy voters. And their choice this year to include best film and acting categories in comedy, action, and sci-fi/horror suggest they were more focused on bringing in big stars than anything. A complete list of winners follows.
Best Picture: "Argo"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Documentary: "Searching for Sugar Man"
Best Original Score: John Williams, "Lincoln"
Best Original Song: Adele and Paul Epworth, "Skyfall," "Skyfall"
Best Director: Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Best Comedy: "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actor in a Comedy: Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actress in a Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"
Best Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood, "Anna Karenina"
Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, "Anna Karenina"
Best Film Editing: William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Makeup: "Cloud Atlas"
Best Visual Effects: "Life of Pi"
Best Sci-Fi or Horror Film: "Looper"
Best Animated Film: "Wreck-It Ralph"
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"
Best Action Film: "Skyfall"
Best Actor in an Action Film: Daniel Craig, "Skyfall"
Best Actress in an Action Film: Jennifer Lawrence, "The Hunger Games"
Best Young Actor: Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Ensemble: "Silver Linings Playbook"