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January 13, 2012  | by: Virginia Van de Wall

Octavia Spencer is joined by the rest of the cast of The Help



Kicking off the beginning of the movie awards season, the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards was held last night in Los Angeles. The Artist took home four awards including “Best Picture” and “Best Costume Design” making it the biggest winner of the night. The Help came in second with its actress’ winning three awards.

In addition to best picture and costume design, The Artist won “Best Score” and Michel Hazanavicius went home with “Best Director.” I believe this is very indicative of how the movie will fare in upcoming awards show.

Viola Davis’ accepting “Best Actress” for The Help

I was so enthralled to see Octavia Spencer take home “Best Supporting Actress” and Viola Davis win “Best Actress.” Both women were captivating and heartbreaking with their portrayals of Minny Jackson and Aibileen Clark.

Viola Davis’ acceptance speech was just as touching and powerful as the character she played in the movie. “They say the most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you figure out why you are born,” Davis said as she received her award. “I wanted to pay homage to these women at this time period that were not allowed to dream.”

The Help also took home “Best Acting Ensemble.”

Highlights of the night:

The awards show was full of fun and memorable moments. Leonardo Dicaprio graced the room with his presence to award Martin Scorsese the “Music+Film Award.” Performing in honor of the director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian was none other than, Bob Dylan!

George Clooney took to the stage to present Sean Penn with the “Joel Siegel Humanitarian Award” for the work he has done in Haiti since the earthquake two years ago. Prefacing his speech the actor said, “It seems like The Help table is having more fun than any of us.”

Judd Apatow accepted the “Best Comedy” award for Bridesmaids. “Jerry Lewis once said that women weren’t funny,” Apatow said at the end of his acceptance speech. “So I’d just like to say, with all due respect, f*%$ you.”

Judd Apatow accepts “Best Comedy” for “Bridesmaids”



George Clooney won the Critics’ Choice “Best Actor” award. He recounted advice his father had given him when first starting out as an actor, “If you’re not proud of what you’re doing, do it better or do something else – I am very proud to be in this film,” the actor said of The Descendants.

Below is a full list of the winners from last nights 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

George Clooney accepts “Best Actor” for “The Descendants”

Best picture: The Artist
Best actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best actress: Viola Davis, The Help
Best supporting actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best supporting actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best acting ensemble: The Help
Best director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best animated film: Rango
Best foreign film: A Separation
Best young actor or actress: Thomas Horn, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Best documentary feature: George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Best adapted screenplay: Moneyball, Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, story by Stan Chervin
Best original screenplay: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
Best cinematography(Tie): The Tree Of Life AND War Horse
Best art direction: Hugo
Best editing: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Best costume design: The Artist
Best make-up: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Best visual effects: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Best sound: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Best comedy: Bridesmaids
Best action movie: Drive
Best song: “Life’s A Happy Song” – The Muppets, Performed By Jason Segel, Amy Adams And Walter, Written By Bret Mckenzie And The Muppets
Best score: The Artist
Joel Siegel Award: Sean Penn
Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award: Martin Scorsese
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