The Artist Triumphs At 17th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Tis the season for little golden statuettes to be handed out. Last night was the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with The Artist scooping the majority of accolades in cluding Best Picture, Best Costume Design, Best Score and Best Director for Michael Hazanavicius.

On the acting front, The Help did well with Viola Davis taking Best Actress and Octavia Spencer picking up Best Supporting Actress.

George Clooney was named Best Actor for his role in The Descendants and Christopher Plummer picked up a deserved award for Best Supporting Actor for Beginners. Thomas Horn, the star of Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close was named Best Young Actor.

Best Original Screenplay went to Woody Allen (he’s probably got an entire skip full of these by now) for Midnight In Paris, while Best Adapted Screenplay fell to Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian for Moneyball, shared with story writer Stan Chervin.

Unsurprisingly Rango was named Best Animated Feature, Drive was Best Action Movie, Bridesmaids took Best Comedy and A Separation nabbed Best Foreign Film. Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living In the Material World grabbed Best Documentary and Marty also pick up the Music and Film Award for the use of music throughout his career.

The award for Best Cinematography went jointly (!) to Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree Of Life and Janusz Kaminski for War Horse. For me that’s the most controversial award of the night. The Tree Of Life‘s cinematography is some of the most awe-inspiring work ever seen; War Horse features a load of sunsets. Sigh.

Best Art Direction went to Dante Ferretti for Hugo and Best Editing went to Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall For The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The Muppets was honoured with Best Song for Life’s A Happy Song, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 took longest title, I mean, Best Make-up And Sound and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes won Best Visual Effects.