While I was at the AERO Theatre, the Santa Monica venue of the American Cinematheque, for the Golden Globe screening of the freres Dardenne film “The kid with a bike” (Le gamin au velo) – the bros were there, I’ll write about it – the winners of the 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were announced at the Hollywood Paladium.
A real triumph for the French film “The Artist” which won the award for best movie plus the prize for best director going to Michel Haznavicius. “I made a silent movie,” French director Hazanavicius joked in English while accepting the award for best picture. “I don’t like to speak so much”. The story is takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and focuses on a declining male film star and a rising actress, as silent cinema starts fading away grows and is replaced by sound. “The Artist” which is distributed in the US by Warner, is now an even more serious contented for the Oscar.
Here is the full list of honors. I have to say that I am particularly happy for the prize for the best foreign language film to the Iranian “A separation”.
George Clooney, The Descendants
Viola Davis, The Help
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer, The Help
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin, Moneyball
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Thomas Horn, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
HONORARY: MUSIC + FILM AWARD
HONORARY: JOEL SIEGEL AWARD
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist