2012 BFCA Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Winners

The Broadcast Film Critics Association's (BFCA) Critics' Choice Movie Awards are well-known to the public not just for the fact that they are seen on national television but also because they're considered to be among the most reliable indicators for the Oscars. The BFCA is the largest such organization in the United States and Canada, representing 250 television, radio and online critics. The very first opinion a moviegoer hears about new releases at the multiplex or the art house often comes from one of their members.

Top honors for Best Picture and Director went to Ben Affleck's Argo. In accepting his award, Affleck said, "I would like to thank the Academy. I'm kidding, I'm kidding. This is the one that counts." (He'd been snubbed in the Oscar nominations announced earlier in the day.) Steven Spielberg's Lincoln took home three awards, including Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Adapted Screenplay (Tony Kushner), and Score (John Williams). Best Actress went to Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, which was also honored for Editing (William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor).

In the separate comedy category, Silver Linings Playbook took the trophy, along with the top acting categories -- Bradley Cooper for Best Actor in a Comedy and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress in a Comedy. Silver Linings Playbook also won Best Acting Ensemble. The versatile Ms. Lawrence also took home the trophy for Best Actress in an Action Movie for The Hunger Games. In the other acting categories, Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Master while Anne Hathaway took home Supporting Actress honors for Les Misérables. The winner for Best Actor in an Action Movie was Daniel Craig for Skyfall, which also won Best Action Movie and Best Song ("Skyfall," performed by Adele, written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth). The award for Best Young Actor/Actress went to Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild. In the one award chosen by the public, The Twilight Saga was voted Favorite Film Franchise.

I like to think of this as the awards show for films people actually saw. The Critics' Choice Award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie went to Rian Johnson's Looper. I attended the World Premiere and placed it on my 2010 Fantastic Fest Top 10 (see my review and photos of the Q&A). Best Foreign Language Film was Amour and the Best Documentary was Searching for Sugar Man. I covered the World Premiere of that film, as well, and placed it on my Top 10 from the Sundance Film Festival and my Best of 2012 list (see my review and photos of the Q&A). My Fantastic Fest Top 10 also included the World Premiere of Cloud Atlas, which won Best Makeup (see my review and photos of the Q&A).

Of the 17 Critics' Choice Awards for Best Picture, 10 have gone on to win the Oscar -- four out of the last five years. The Academy's choices for Best Actor have matched 11 of 17 times, Best Actress nine of 17.

Here is the complete list of nominees and winners (in bold) of the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards:
 


BEST PICTURE

Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty


BEST ACTOR

Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Misérables”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”


BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Javier Bardem – “Skyfall”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Matthew McConaughey – “Magic Mike”


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams – “The Master”
Judi Dench – “Skyfall”
Ann Dowd – “Compliance”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Misérables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”


BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Elle Fanning – “Ginger & Rosa”
Kara Hayward – “Moonrise Kingdom”
Tom Holland – “The Impossible”
Logan Lerman – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”


BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Argo
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook


BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck – “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tom Hooper – “Les Misérables”
Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”
John Gatins – “Flight”
Rian Johnson – “Looper”
Paul Thomas Anderson – “The Master”
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – “Moonrise Kingdom”
Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Chris Terrio – “Argo”
David Magee – “Life of Pi”
Tony Kushner – “Lincoln”
Stephen Chbosky – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Les Misérables” – Danny Cohen
“Life of Pi” – Claudio Miranda
“Lincoln” – Janusz Kaminski
“The Master” – Mihai Malaimare Jr.
“Skyfall” – Roger Deakins


BEST ART DIRECTION

“Anna Karenina” – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer; Katie Spencer/Set Decorator
“The Hobbit” – Dan Hennah/Production Designer; Ra Vincent & Simon Bright/Set Decorators
“Les Misérables” – Eve Stewart/Production Designer; Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set Decorator
“Life of Pi” – David Gropman/Production Designer; Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
“Lincoln” – Rick Carter/Production Designer; Jim Erickson/Set Decorator


BEST EDITING

“Argo” – William Goldenberg
"Les Misérables” – Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens
“Life of Pi” – Tim Squyres
“Lincoln” – Michael Kahn
“Zero Dark Thirty” – William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

“Anna Karenina” – Jacqueline Durran
“Cloud Atlas” – Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves Gayraud
“The Hobbit” – Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor
“Les Misérables” – Paco Delgado
“Lincoln” – Joanna Johnston


BEST MAKEUP

Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit
Les Misérables
Lincoln


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit
Life of Pi


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Brave
Frankenweenie
Madagascar 3
ParaNorman
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph


BEST ACTION MOVIE

The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
Looper
Skyfall


BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Christian Bale – “The Dark Knight Rises”
Daniel Craig – “Skyfall”
Robert Downey Jr. – “The Avengers”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Looper”
Jake Gyllenhaal – “End of Watch”


BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Emily Blunt – “Looper”
Gina Carano – “Haywire”
Judi Dench – “Skyfall”
Anne Hathaway – “The Dark Knight Rises”
Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hunger Games”


BEST COMEDY

Bernie
Silver Linings Playbook
Ted
This Is 40
21 Jump Street


BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Jack Black – “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Paul Rudd – “This Is 40”
Channing Tatum – “21 Jump Street”
Mark Wahlberg – “Ted”


BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Mila Kunis – “Ted”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Shirley MacLaine – “Bernie”
Leslie Mann – “This Is 40”
Rebel Wilson – “Pitch Perfect”


BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

The Cabin in the Woods
Looper
Prometheus


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Amour
The Intouchables
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Bully
The Central Park Five
The Imposter
The Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar Man
West of Memphis


BEST SONG

“For You” – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Act of Valor
“Learn Me Right” – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – Brave
“Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall
“Still Alive” – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive
“Suddenly” – performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer – Les Misérables


BEST SCORE

“Argo” – Alexandre Desplat
“Life of Pi” – Mychael Danna
“Lincoln” – John Williams
“The Master” – Jonny Greenwood
“Moonrise Kingdom” – Alexandre Desplat


FAVORITE FILM FRANCHISE (Voted by the public)

"The Twilight Saga"
 


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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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