Argo triumphs at Critics Choice AwardsCulture Desk
Hostage drama Argo was the big winner at this year’s Critics Choice Awards, hours after director Ben Affleck missed out on an Oscar nomination.
Affleck jokingly ‘thanked the Academy’ as he accepted best director, but added: ‘This is the one that counts.’ The movie was also named best film. Oscar favourites Daniel Day Lewis and Jessica Chastain won the best actor and actress prizes respectively.
In a separate comedy category, Silver Linings Playbook swept the board. The film won best comedy actor and actress for leads Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, best comedy film, and best ensemble for a cast which includes Oscar nominees Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver.
Director David O Russell dedicated his award to his son - who, like the film’s male lead has bipolar disorder - saying: ‘I made it to give him hope,’ adding, ‘That’s my silver lining.’
Lawrence, who bagged an Oscar nomination for best actress on Thursday, also took home the best actress in an action movie for The Hunger Games, based on the bestselling book.
‘Critics aren’t so bad,’ she joked, as she accepted the award, Skyfall was named best action movie, a day after it failed to become the first Bond film to secure a best picture Oscar nomination.
Its star Daniel Craig also picked up the best actor in an action film prize, and Adele won the best song award for the title song Skyfall - a prize she is tipped to win at the Oscars.
The awards are handed out by the 250-member Broadcast Film Critics Association.
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