Saturday, January 12, 2013


welcomeBy Tony Franco
In less than 24 hours, after the movie "Argo" was nominated by the Academy in seven categories for the Oscar, except Best Director, Ben Affleck ,  won the  "Critics' Choice" Award  Thursday night in that category for his work on the movie "Argo", which also received the award for Best Film, at the 18th annual presentation in Santa Monica, California.

Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Daniel Day-Lewis (BFCA picture)

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement every year. 

Ben Affleck Best Director for Argo

Argo, the winning film is based on facts that ocurred in 1979 as the Iranian Revolution reached a boiling point and a CIA exfiltration specialist conducts a risky plan to free 6 american hostages. Ben Affleck directed and acted in this movie. 
"I would like to thank the Academy," joked the actor after receiving  the award.
“Lincoln” received a record-setting 13 nominations for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, beating out previous record holder “Black Swan,” which had 12 nominations in 2011. 

Following closely behind was “Les Misérables,” which received 11 nominations. 
David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” also impressed with 10 nominations including Best Picture. 
“Life of Pi” earned 9 nominations, and “Argo,” “The Master” and “Skyfall” each garnered 7 nominations.
Daniel Day-Lewis won the Critic´s Choice Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Lincoln" and Jessica Chastain  was nominated Best Actress for her brilliant role in "Zero Dark Thirty",  well deserved prize for Jessica who shined in her role as the executive of the CIA who played a major role in the capture of Osama Bin Laden.  I am sure that Jessica will win an Oscar also with her superb performance.

Zero Dark Thirty recounts the facts about the search for more than 10 years of  Osama Bin Laden by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States government and his death.

Phllip Seymour  Hoffman was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "The Master" and Anne Hathaway won the Best Supporting Role as an actress for "Les Miserables".
The four winnning actors last night  are also  Oscar contenders.
The Chilean Claudio Miranda , also nominated by the Academy, was honored by the cinematography of "Life of Pi" , directed by Ang Lee .
Following is the complete list of  WINNERS OF CRITICS´ CHOICE AWARDS:
Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor (BFCA picture)
Best Picture: "Argo"
Director: Ben Affleck
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Actress: Jessica Chastain
Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
Young Actor: Quvenzhane Wallis
Acting Ensemble: “Silver Linings Playbook”
Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino
Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner
Cinematography: Claudio Miranda ("Life of Pi")
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood / Katie Spencer ("Anna Karenina")
Jessica Chastain Best Actress
in Zero Dark Thirty
Editing: William Goldenberg/Dylan Tichenor (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Costume Designer: Jacqueline Durran ("Anna Karenina")
Make Up: "Cloud Atlas"
Visual Effects: "Life of Pi"
Animated Film: “Wreck-It Ralph”
Action film "Skyfall"
Actor in an action film  : Daniel Craig in Skyfall
Actress in an action film: Jennifer Lawrence 
Comedy: “Silver Linings Playbook”
Actor in a comedy: Bradley Cooper
Actress in a comedy: Jennifer Lawrence
Horror or science fiction, "Looper"
jennifer lawrence best actress in a comedy silver linings playbook photo matt sayles
Jennifer Lawrence won 2 awards for Best Actress. One of them  in a comedy for Silver Linings Playbook  and in an action movie for The Hunger Games (Invision photo Matt Sayles / AP

Foreign Language Film: "Amour"
Documental: “Searching for Sugarman”
Song: "Skyfall"
Músic: John Williams
The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 270 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film going public. Eligible films were released in 2012.
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Since its inception in 1995, the Critics’Choice Movie Awards has been a star-studded bellwether event of the movie awards season. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. Among the attendees at last year’s show were George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Bob Dylan, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

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