(thanks to Paddy Mulholland at Screen On Screen)

Best Film
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Supporting Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)

Best Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson (Looper)

Best Adapted Screenplay
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Cinematography
Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)

Best Art Direction
Rebecca Alleway, Hugh Bateup, Uli Hanisch and Peter Walpole (Cloud Atlas)

Best Score
Jonny Greenwood (The Master)

Best Acting Ensemble
Les Misérables

Best Animated Feature

Best Documentary

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Youth Performance
Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

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  • Lynne

    Queen Hathaway FTW!

  • Daveylow

    I liked Looper but I don’t think it deserves an original screenplay award. It’s a rip off of other films and not always in a good way.

  • PaulH

    DC partyin’ like it’s 2009, much like everyone else.

  • Kane

    Sometimes I see a pattern where things will live and die between NBR, satellites and DC, ala Memoirs of a Geisha. But Looper WINNING again in original screenplay will most certainly not spell a win. But a nomination could occur. However, the last couple films starring Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer, 50/50) were being nominated for writing awards and missed out with Oscars. Hopefully this will change because its obvious the critics loved Looper.

  • Robert A.

    “DC partyin’ like it’s 2009, much like everyone else.”

    PaulH grumblin’ like it’s 2009, much like always.

  • Luis

    Really there’s no other film that ZD30 in 2012?? Or is yust your oportunity to prise a film about the GREATEST MOMENT IN THE RECENT HISTORY OF THE EEUU, THE HUNT AND DEAD OF BIN LADEN. You sucks critics of EEUU!

  • helios

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)


  • name

    Hathaway blah

  • PaulH

    Robert, with due respect, this year is turning out to be 2009 redux. Critics falling over themselves to reward a Kathryn Bigelow film when there is clearly other stuff out there that is better. Just saying.

  • Joey

    Goddamn, this supporting actor race is all over the place. Tommy Lee Jones is the only guy who’s won more than one so far.

  • Christophe

    Getting tired of analyzing each and every critics awards, thank God we’ll soon have the real meat!

  • Jerry

    This reads like the Oscar prediction awards.

  • Goddamn, this supporting actor race is all over the place. Tommy Lee Jones is the only guy who’s won more than one so far.

    Actually, I’m fine with a variety of worthy names rising up in critics picks at this stage.

    If we use the critics awards wisely as an instrument to measure who’s got heat, and assemble our list of likely nominees accordingly — then it’s not very helpful to have every single group say Hathaway, Hathaway, Hathaway, Hathaway, Hathaway. Ok, great. Hathaway. We get it. Now who else?

  • This reads like the Oscar prediction awards.

    when critics manage to do a good job matching the Oscars we sneer at them.
    when critics veer off and make unexpected anti-Oscar picks we sneer at them.

    if we don’t want to know what present grandma put under the christsmas tree for us, we shouldn’t shake the box.

  • Joe


  • unlikely hood

    Luis – Why make most of your comment in English, but then use the Spanish abbreviation for USA? No puedo decidir si estas genial o ridiculo.

  • Patryk

    I bet the 4 acting winners go on to Oscar. Hoffman, Day-Lewis and Chastain are brilliant.

  • Jerry Grant

    Go David O. Russell!!!

    Just saw this movie–what pure originality and freshness in both the writing and directing. A rarity. I’m behind “Silver Linings”; it deserves its accolades.

  • thespirithunter

    I’m pleased that there are others who are seeing that Looper is not exactly the original screenplay we think it is. Yes, Rian wrote it, but it clearly takes from other science-fiction films, most notably De Palma’s The Fury (1978), especially the ending sequence.

  • Chris138

    I’m starting to wonder if Looper might get a writing nod as well, even though I don’t think it would be deserving. I’m kind of surprised it won here.

  • ^
    a few minutes ago I tweeted:

    I’m half expecting (hoping) to see Looper show up in the AFI Movies of the Year this afternoon.

  • Kane

    Ryan, everything you just said about sneering at critics no matter what is exactly what I’ve always felt but could never put into words. It’s a damned if they do, damned if they don’t. If critical voices are uniform to each other then they get flack for not having an original voice. If they pick something no one else picks they are seen as rebels. Each group of critic and guild association have their own members, each group is important. People still talk about Crash beating Brokeback Mountain for best picture when they should be focusing on how many awards Brokeback Mountain won from other critics groups. Critics don’t have to agree with you.

  • unlikely hood

    Jerry Grant –

    I just saw it yesterday. Let me get this straight: the black guy is escaping from an asylum as a device so that he can tell our two white leads to “black it up” when they dance? Okaaaaaaaaay…

    I agree with the lady in grantland.com who said that their big dance was the least appealing part of the film. It should have been edited less like “Chicago” and more like (as her iPod would suggest) “Singin’ in the Rain” – which is to say almost no editing, so that we really see them do the steps (as on DWTS). Especially the “big move” where her lap lands on his head – why not actually see that, done semi-badly? We just finished with an Olympics where we actually saw the gymnasts either making their landings or not. Can you imagine the twitter howls if NBC had chopped up those routines the way Russell did?

    But other than that I thought it was a highly enjoyable, surprisingly endearing film. I *liked* that they didn’t get together until the very end – it reminded me of a lot of final scenes in 30s screwball comedies, where the love declaration doesn’t happen until 30 seconds before the end as they sit in the backseat of some car. I could have used a little more reason for her to love him – for him to have done something lovable (Hugh Grant always did something wonderfully showy and awkward in this genre) – the truth is that the film as edited *needed* her to say (and shoehorn in) the line “I used to think you were the best thing that ever happened to me, now I think you may have been the worst thing” – and it shouldn’t have needed that line. We’re left thinking that hey, Cooper is cute, what do you want?

    And I get why people are bothered that bipolar disorder is used as sort of a cheap gimmick, papered over by a dance competition. And J-Law was too young and it is distracting and if it’s true that Russell originally wanted Vince Vaughn and Zooey Deschanel, I could see how that might have been less distracting. But I’d still say overall the film really worked. It was consistently charming and urgent in a great way. I’m fine with it winning…things…but not BP.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Do you have a thread where we can trash The Hobbit? I already posted something on LAFCA TBA-thread.

    The film has really started to sink in. My initial (and generous) 3/5 was just too much. My official verdict is 2/5. WTF, Peter Jackson!?! In comparison, his other overlong fantasies, King Kong and The Lovely Bones are both better. Hoping that parts II and III are improvement. Almost all of them Harry Potter films are better, too.

    Has anyone had this film on their Top Ten? I’d find it very weird.

  • steve50

    “Hathaway, Hathaway, Hathaway, Hathaway, Hathaway.”

    Somebody didn’t get their flu shot.

  • rufussondheim

    Silver Linings Playbook is complete shit. It really is. Just wanted to point that out. See my other posts for an explanation.

  • unlikely hood

    Oo, Tero you’re breaking my heart. I really wanted this to be at least 90% as good as the LOTR films. Not even 80%?

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Not even 50%.

    But LOTR-trilogy is a masterpiece. This will take nothing away from it.

    Does anybody know what is the current consensus for The Hobbit? MC/RT and the likes. I can’t be the only one disliking it. Never heard so many “sighs” among critics after the film ended. “Thank God, it’s over” was all over the place.

  • m1

    @Tero: I’m not really that surprised at The Hobbit’s underwhelming. Who told Jackson that making a 300 page book into a 9 hour film was a good idea? Very sad case of studio greed. At least this means that the other two films will be better, because most of the action happens in the latter part of the novel.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Yes, it became painfully obvious that only money had a say, and not pleasing the fans of LOTR-films (I repeat ‘films’). Die hard Tolkien-fans who know more about Middle Earth outside The Hobbit and LOTR books will get more out of this, I’m sure.

  • ChrisFlick


  • GoOnNow

    @ Ryan Adams

    “when critics manage to do a good job matching the Oscars we sneer at them.
    when critics veer off and make unexpected anti-Oscar picks we sneer at them.”

    Your WE is too collective 😉 I don’t sneer at the dudes when they spread the wealth. And I’ve noticed other people post HAPPY thoughts when that happens, too.

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