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.
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.”
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.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 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, acceptance speech, Octavia Spencer, The Artist, The Help, Viola Davis