‘Argo,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ upset ‘Lincoln’ at Critics Choice Awards

Just hours after seeing its Oscar hopes dim, “Argo” pulled off an upset at the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday, winning Best Picture over frontrunner “Lincoln.” And the film’s helmer Ben Affleck won Best Director, some small consolation after being snubbed by the academy. 

These kudos bestowed by the 250 members of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Assn. often go to the eventual Oscar champs. (See complete list of winners here

Steven Spielberg‘s biopic of America’s 16th president reaped a record 13 nominations but won just three awards: Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Adapted Screenplay and Score.

The resurgent “Silver Linings Playbook” claimed Ensemble as well as all three comedy prizes for Film, Actor (Bradley Cooper) and Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). Lawrence picked up a bookend when she won Action Film Actress for “The Hunger Games.”  

Lawrence was edged out for the main Actress award by her Oscar rival Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty“). As that film also took editing, it went two for five. 

Life of Pi” picked up two prizes — Cinematography and Visual Effects — from eight bids. 

Anna Karenina” won both of its races: Production Design and Costume Design.

Les Miserables” won only one of its 11 bids: Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway). 

The Master” won just one of its seven nods: Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman). 

And “Skyfall” took just one of its four main races — Song — as well as two action awards for film and actor (Daniel Craig). 

Over the 17 years of these kudos, they have proven to be the most accurate precursor prizes to the Oscars. The BFCA has predicted 11 Best Picture, 11 Best Actor, 10 Best Actress, 10 Supporting Actress and nine Supporting Actor Oscar winners.

Last year, the BFCA went with “The Artist” for Best Picture while two supporting BFCA winners — Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) and Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) — went on to claim Oscars. The BFCA also presaged Director (“The Artist”), Original Screenplay (“Midnight in Paris”), Art Direction (“Hugo”), Costume Design (“The Artist”), Editing (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), Animated Feature (“Rango”) and Foreign Language Film (“A Separation”).

In 2010, all four of the Critic’s Choice choices for acting repeated at the Oscars. However, this critics’ group went with “The Social Network” for the top film of the year while the motion picture academy preferred “The King’s Speech.” 

The two groups also agreed on: Original Screenplay (“The King’s Speech), Adapted Screenplay (“The Social Network”), Cinematography (“Inception”), Costume Design (“Alice in Wonderland”), Score (“The Social Network”), Sound (“Inception”), Visual Effects (“Inception”) and Animated Feature (“Toy Story 3”). 

2 thoughts on “‘Argo,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ upset ‘Lincoln’ at Critics Choice Awards

  1. I wonder if Christoph Waltz being thrown into the Oscar race will shake up the results of the Supporting Actor category. I bet it still goes to Philip Seymour Hoffman though. I think most critics and members of the Academy have a tremendous crush on that guy. And he is a very good actor. I’m just partial to Christoph Waltz. And as much as I loved Django Unchained, I really freaking wish Moonrise Kingdom and Wes Anderson had picked up that screenwriting trophy tonight. Wes Anderson always gets the shaft.

  2. WOW! I was surprised how well Silver Lining’s Playbook faired at the Broadcast Critics Awards. It is definately clear Lincoln needs to be worried out Silver Linings, because it is possible SLP may bring a major upset on Oscar night. Even though, Jennifer Lawrence did not win the Best Actress award, she did when two awards for her performance in Silver Linings Play book and another acting award for the lead performance in the Hunger Games. I can honestly say we will probably not know for sure who is going to win on Oscar night until after the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Giuld Awards are handed out. Since, at least for me, it appears to be a two person race for Best Actor between Day Lewis and Cooper and Best Actress between Lawrence and Chastain. It is be very interesting to see how this will end.

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