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Recap of the 2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

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Roughly 12 hours after he was snubbed for an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, Ben Affleck took home top honors Thursday night at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. There, his highly regarded recount of the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis, “Argo” won best film and Affleck took home the coveted Best Director title.

“I would like to thank the academy… I’m kidding, I’m kidding. This is the one that counts,” said a grinning Affleck when accepting the award.

This year, the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Awards was hosted by Sam Rubin. Not only did the awards show find take place in a new location, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, but it also switched broadcast networks from VH1 to the CW.

Jessica Chastain, one of my personal favs, snagged Best Actress for her role in the upcoming “Zero Dark Thirty” where she plays a CIA operative who spends years hunting down terrorist Osama bin Laden.

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The ever-lovable Jennifer Lawrence also had a big night — she won Best Comedy Actress for her performance as a widow in  “Silver Linings Playbook” and Best Actress In An Action Movie for “The Hunger Games.”

Silver Linings brought home the most awards Thursday night, with four. Aside from Lawrence’s title, the movie won Best Comedy Film, Best Comedy Actor for Bradley Cooper and Best Ensemble — all well-deserved in my book.

For all of the musical lovers out there, fret not, “Les Misérables‘” Anne Hathaway won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the tragic Fantine. Meanwhile, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was named Best Supporting Actor for his part in “The Master.”

Director and Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay for his “Django Unchained.”

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But my favorite win of the night went to nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, winning Best Young Actor/Actress for her leading role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” This young lady blew me away in my favorite film of the year (Beasts) and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Her win marked a particularly big day for the phenom, as she also become the youngest actress to ever receive a lead actress Oscar nomination that morning — she filmed the role at age five.


Here’s the full list of those who took home the trophies:

Best picture: “Argo”

Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Actress: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Director: Ben Affleck, ”Argo”

Original screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Adapted screenplay: Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”

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Animated feature: “Wreck-It Ralph”

Comedy: “Silver Linings Playbook”

Actor in a comedy: Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Actress in a comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Sci-fi/horror movie: Looper

Foreign-language film: “Amour”

Supporting actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

Supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”

Action movie: “Skyfall”

Actor in an action movie: Daniel Craig, “Skyfall”

Actress in an action movie: Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games”

Acting ensemble: “Silver Linings Playbook”

Young actor/actress: Quvenzhané Wallis, ”Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Cinematography: Life of Pi

Art direction: “Anna Karenina”

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Editing: “Zero Dark Thirty”

Costume design: Anna Karenina

Makeup: “Cloud Atlas”

Visual effects: “Life of Pi”

Song: “Skyfall”, performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth for “Skyfall”

Score: John Williams, “Lincoln”

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