Michel Hazanavicius’ silent film The Artist was the big winner at Thursday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, taking home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score, and Best Costume Design. It is definitely safe to say that The Artist is now the film to beat in the Best Picture race.
The Help walked away with three awards: Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), and Best Acting Ensemble. George Clooney (The Descendants) and Christopher Plummer (Beginners) nabbed Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. While I’m tempted to say that Plummer’s win solidifies him as that category’s front runner, I’m not willing to write off Albert Brooks (Drive), who was a heavy hitter early on and may continue to pick up wins in the future.
One of the most interesting awards of the night was Best Cinematography. The unorthodox and abstract styling of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life tied with Steven Spielberg’s conventional epic War Horse. Considering how polarizing The Tree of Life has been this year, especially with its camerawork, it will be very interesting to see how this category continues to play out.
You can check out the full list of winners and nominees here.