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Ben Affleck Tastes Sweet Oscar Revenge at Critics Choice Awards

Ben Affleck and Alan Arkin discuss a scene in Argo.

Ben Affleck and Alan Arkin discuss a scene in Argo.

Ben Affleck got his Oscar revenge at the Critic’s Choice Awards last night. He won for best director and his film, “Argo,” captured best picture, besting “Lincoln” with 13 nominations and “Les Miserables” with 11 nominations for the top prizes.

Affleck made his directing debut with “Argo,” a tense drama based on the real life rescue of American diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis.

But the actor was shut out of Oscar nominations for best director, although his film was nominated for best picture. He noted the snub last night.

“I would like to thank the Academy,” Affleck joked when he accepted the award. “I’m kidding, I’m kidding. This is the one that counts.”

The Critic’s Choice Awards are picked by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which has about 250 voting members who work for local and national television, radio and online outlets.

Although “Lincoln” was up for the most awards it only won three. Daniel Day Lewis won best actor, the movie won best score and Tony Kushner won for adapted screenplay. Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones, up for best supporting roles, and Steven Spielberg, for best director, were trumped.

Jessica Chastain won the best actress award for “Zero Dark Thirty,” the controversial film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. She topped a strong field that included Marion Cotillard for “Rust and Bone,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” and sentimental favorite Quvenzhane Wallis for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

Lawrence, however, didn’t go home empty handed. She won best actress in the genre category for comedy films for “Silver Linings Playbook.” Bradley Cooper won best actor for a comedy.

Anne Hathaway won the supporting actress award for “Les Miserables,” and Philip Seymour Hoffman won supporting actor for “The Master.”

Aside from Hathaway’s win, “Les Misérables,” which received 11 nominations, was otherwise shut out of the competition. “Life of Pi,” another early favorite with nine nominations, won only technical awards for cinematography and visual effects.

“This has been a truly spectacular year in filmmaking and our voters had an embarrassment of riches to choose from,” BFCA President Joey Berlin said in a statement when the nominations were announced.

“To recognize the remarkable achievements across every genre of filmmaking we have added several new categories this year, including often overlooked performances in Comedy and Action. And to add even more fun, we’re letting fans in on the voting in one special category.”

The fan voted category was for favorite film franchise. The nominees include: Batman, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, James Bond/007, Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Star Wars, Toy Story and Twilight.

The winner was the “Twilight Saga.”

Check out the complete list of winners below and be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for all the latest awards season updates.


Critics Choice Best of Awards 2013
PICTURE: Argo

DIRECTOR: Ben Affleck, Argo

ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

ACTING ENSEMBLE: Silver Linings Playbook

YOUNG ACTOR: Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST ACTION MOVIE: Skyfall

ACTRESS, ACTION MOVIE: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

ACTOR, ACTION MOVIE: Daniel Craig, Skyfall

COMEDY: Silver Linings Playbook

ACTRESS, COMEDY: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

ACTOR, COMEDY: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE: Looper

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Amour

ANIMATED MOVIE: Wreck-It Ralph

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Searching for Sugarman

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Tony Kushner, Lincoln

SONG: “Skyfall,” Adele

SCORE: Lincoln

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Life of Pi

ART DIRECTION: Anna Karenina

EDITING: Zero Dark Thirty

COSTUME DESIGN: Anna Karenina

MAKEUP: Cloud Atlas

VISUAL EFFECTS: Life of Pi

GENIUS AWARD: Judd Apatow

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