Can you tell we’re in the heart of awards season? On Wednesday, the People’s Choice Awards took place. On Thursday, the Oscar nominations were announced and this Sunday it’s the Golden Globes turn to take front and center. Sandwiched in between all that action were the 18th Critics’ Choice Awards.
Ben Affleck experienced heartbreak earlier in the day when the Academy snubbed him for Best Director, despite Argo earning seven Oscar nominations. What a difference a few hours make, the 40-year-old walked away with Best Directing honors from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and Best Picture for Argo. This was Affleck’s Oscars. Clearly, the Academy is still punishing him for Gigli ;)
The big winner of the night was Silver Linings Playbook scoring Best Comedy Movie, Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy and Best Ensemble. The film’s female lead Jennifer Lawrence also nabbed a win for her role in The Hunger Games to match her Silver Linings Playbook Best Actress statue. Not only was Lawrence the critics’ darling, but she also wowed fashinistas everywhere. After a ho-hum fashion showing at the People’s Choice, girl revved it up for the Critics’ Choice. Hands down the best dressed. Check out other noteworthy fashion statements below.
At the beginning of the awards season, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty looked unstoppable. With Lincoln leading the pack with 13 nominations at the 2013 Critics Choice Movie Awards, it’s looking like a two horse race for the Best Picture Oscar. The Steven Spielberg film earned CCMA nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field) to name a few.
Also scoring multiple noms is Jennifer Lawrence. The 22-year-old actress has four chances to win an award when the winners are announced on The CW on Thursday, January 10, 2013. She’s in the running for Best Actress, Best Actress in a Comedy, and Best Ensemble for The Silver Linings Playbook, as well as Best Actress in an Action Movie for The Hunger Games. Her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper was also recognized.
Out of all the nominations, the one I’m most excited for is Naomi Watts finally getting some love for her amazing work in The Impossible. I attended an early screening of the flick and was blown away. It’s her movie along with Tom Holland’s breakthrough performance. That kid is EVERYTHING in the tsunami flick. Holland as well received some love from the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Check out all the nominees below.
How prophetic was Entertainment Weekly’s cover kicking off the 2012 Oscar Race? Both George Clooney and Viola Davis who appeared on the cover walked away as winners in their respective lead acting category. At the beginning of the awards season, it looked like a two-way race for Best Actress Oscar between Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn). In the past few weeks, Davis is the one with all the momentum. It’ll be interesting to see what happens at this weekend’s Golden Globes. Is Viola now the frontrunner?
Davis wasn’t the only actress from “The Help” to walk to the podium. Octavia Spencer beat out her co-star Jessica Chastain and the other nominees to win Best Supporting Actress accolades from the Broadcast Film Critics. The period drama also walked away with Best Acting Ensemble for the entire cast. You’d think with all this love, “The Help” won the top prize. Nope. Instead, it was Oscar frontrunner “The Artist” that earned the Best Picture award. The black and white film also earned it’s director Michel Hazanavicius an award, along with Best Costume Design and Best Score.
Other winners at the annual awards were “Bridesmaids” (Best Comedy Movie), “Rango” (Best Animated Feature), and “Drive” (Best Action Movie). Filmmaker Martin Scorsese and veteran actor Sean Penn were honored with Honorary Music & Film award and Joel Siegel award respectively. The awards were handed out at the Hollywood Palladium in a ceremony hosted by Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel. Check out all the night’s biggest winners below.