Houston Film Critics Society go for Argo

Best Picture
Argo

Best Director
Ben Affleck (Argo)

Best Screenplay
Tony Kushner (Lincoln)

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

(thanks to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen. More after the cut.)

Best Supporting Actor
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins (Skyfall)

Best Original Score
Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas)

Best Original Song
‘Skyfall’ (Skyfall)

Best Animated Film
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Documentary
The Imposter

Best Foreign Language Film
Holy Motors

Texas Independent Film Award
Bernie

Technical Achievement
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Worst Film
That’s My Boy

Humanitarian Award
Adam Yauch

Outstanding Contribution to Cinema
Jeff Millar

Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Duvall

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36 Comments

  1. January 5, 2013

    I’m starting to really believe Affleck and ARGO could take it all. I’m gonna go ahead and be happy about it, even if the film wasn’t my favorite.

  2. January 5, 2013

    TY bbz

  3. SallyinChicago
    January 5, 2013

    Nah, I don’t think Argo will win BP/Oscars, nor Django. It’s going to be ZD30, Lincoln or a surprise film, something that somes out of nowhere.

  4. Cer
    January 5, 2013

    So glad Jennifer Lawrence won

  5. karl
    January 5, 2013

    Good for Argo, why is not Marion Cotillard on the list of nominations?

  6. Reno
    January 5, 2013

    Absolutely no consensus this year from the film critics!

  7. w.j.
    January 5, 2013

    I finally saw Silver Linings Playbook last night, and as much as I enjoyed the film, I just didn’t find Lawrence’s performance to be Oscar-worthy. I think, if she wins, a few years down the road we will all be wondering how it could have ever happened.

  8. filmboymichael
    January 5, 2013

    w.j. Thank you! I couldn’t agree more.

  9. Aragorn
    January 5, 2013

    No award for Middle of Nowhere??? Those Houston film critics!!!
    “Their Middle of Nowhere hate is typical thinly veiled racism and sexism all rolled in one.”

  10. Jack Traven II
    January 5, 2013

    Somewhat off topic – though not really.

    I just saw the movie Extraordinary Measures on TV – a film about the development of a life-saving drug, during which process four research teams had to compete with each other to find a cure but ultimately worked together and finally found the cure. Why I’m bringing this up? From a film most people don’t even know, since it didn’t receive any awards or had any success at the box office. Well, I can’t exactly remember how but ater having seen this film I found myself thinking about films in general, and rating them. (for the record, I keep a movie diary since, I don’t know, more than 15 years, I think) So I asked myself how I could rate a particular film since watching films over the years is an ever-changing process. Therefore it’s no wonder that I often changed the ratings for several films in my diary. What, in turn, led me to another question. When it comes to finding my favorite film of the year, how can I actually choose between completely different films and declare one of them being the best? I mean, it’s practically like comparing apples and oranges, right? And the questioning went on, proceeding to athletic competitions now. Why do we let people compete with each other whose physical preconditions are completely different, just to find out who’s the best? So, what’s such a win worth for? “Behold and see the world’s fastest man!” We say “Wow!”, I grant, but only for a nanosecond – practically irrelevant, in historical terms. Because basically, something like that doesn’t get us anywhere. Whether it’s about athletes competing with each other. Or films, or politicians. Or even police officers, while I’m at it. What brings me back to the film and its essence that only working together is what can further us humans.

    Whew! Trying to clothe my thoughts in words sometimes ain’t easy. And what I wrote may be rather counterproductive on a site like this but I somehow just wanted to get this off my chest. Me, a fan of films, sports, Oscar, life – and this site. And in case all my writing didn’t make any sense, please forgive me.

  11. JamDenTel
    January 5, 2013

    I can’t imagine Argo’s going to win. If it does, it’ll go down as a pretty middle or lower-middle-tier winner. And if it doesn’t win, it will be forgotten soon enough.

  12. HFCS member
    January 5, 2013

    Aragorn… we asked for a screening and or screeners of Middle of Nowhere and the studio never responded so none of the 25 members were able to see it to even consider voting on it.

  13. Robert A.
    January 5, 2013

    “I’m starting to really believe Affleck and ARGO could take it all. I’m gonna go ahead and be happy about it, even if the film wasn’t my favorite.”

    I kind of agree with you, Antoinette. If any movie topples Lincoln, I’m thinking more and more that it might be Argo, not Les Mis, which I saw yesterday and really tried hard to like. I’ve loved sung-through musicals in the past such as Umbrellas of Cherbourg (on my Top 50 of All Time!) but Les Mis…sigh! I would be shocked if it won BP, even though I was crushing on Eddie Redmayne for the entire second half of the movie.

    I haven’t seen ZD30 yet and would like to think it’s still a competitor, but given the controversy swirling around it, I just don’t know. Even though I’m not a huge Lincoln fan either, I have to admit that the race looks like Lincoln’s to lose, with Argo as the most likely spoiler.

  14. BlueFox94
    January 6, 2013

    YEAH!! Go “ARGO” and “WRECK-IT RALPH”! All the way to the Oscars! :D

  15. Glenn UK
    January 6, 2013

    It’s a weird year – a year of great movies YET there is no front runner. We have “daily heat”, like today Argo stepped up but it feels like shift after shift after shift. Nothing is holding on. I have no idea which way Oscar is going to go. There was Avatar and Hurt Locker but we knew which way it would go. We had TSN v TKS but we still knew how it would go. The Artist was always winning last year. This year I feel nothing. Shit, if Harvey W pulls his finger out Silver Linings could be thrown back into the mix. Interesting days and weeks ahead.

  16. January 6, 2013

    @ HFCS member

    Aragorn is aping Sasha’s response to some criticism of her faith in Middle of Nowhere as an Oscar contender on another post. It’s not directed at you guys.

  17. Jack Traven II
    January 6, 2013

    @myself

    It should rather read physical abilities instead of physical preconditions.

    Anyway! Now, after having taken counsel with my pillow and having thus come back down I can turn to what this site’s about again.

    What means that I’m pretty happy about the honoring of Argo, Jennifer Lawrence and Cloud Atlas’s score team (despite having not seen the latter :-))

  18. Aragorn
    January 6, 2013

    HFCS member,

    As Paddy said it was NOT my quote. I would NEVER call anyone here a racist just based on their comments here. I believe it takes more than discussing why a movie wont get major Oscar nominations to be a racist.

    It could be a good movie but apparently they did not push enough for that movie. I live in NYC. When that movie opened I was abroad. When I came back in two weeks I couldnt even find that movie to watch at theatres. It was gone. For this and some other reasons when you say that movie will not get any major nomination, then you get called racist and sexist in this page.

    Having a faith in a movie is something, but calling names when people dont share your faith is just rude. But again, that coming from the person in question here doesnt surprise me. She loves calling names!

  19. rufussondheim
    January 6, 2013

    I said it the last two days, but I will say it again, at this point it’s difficult for me to fathom how Zero Dark Thirty loses the Best Pic Oscar. Especially to Argo. Argo is Hollywood-lite compared to ZDT. I like Argo quite a bit, but it had too much Hollywood influence with all of the close calls and chases to overdramatize a story that would have been just as dramatic without them.

    Now, you may say, this is Hollywood judging the film so they won’t mind that stuff, or they may even prefer it. And you may be right. I hope not. I would like to give Hollywood more credit, they are smart people and they know how to make movies for the mainstream audiences that are entertaining and thrilling. And Argo is a great example.

    But it’s not real. What Bigelow creates is far more real, far more thrilling than Argo. And it’s more thrilling because it is real. There is more tension in that final sequence than in Argo or the crash scene in Flight or any other “action” sequence. But it’s a great film even before that as it details the sacrifices of the people who operate at the most secretive level.
    This is the histrionics and gimmickry of Homeland, this is real.

    Zero Dark Thirty has gotten so much critical love, far above and beyond any other Best Pic contender. I have no idea why some critics groups are not selecting it. Maybe they don’t want to look like sheep, maybe they want to “spread the wealth” Or maybe they just aren’t that smart. I don’t know.

    Zero Dark Thirty is a monumental achievement that towers over every other film released this year. It is no competition. Zero Dark Thirty is the best film of the year.

    (I still plan on writing a full review, but it’s the weekend, which means I work a lot. And I think I might go see it again this week, I want to see it unburdened by expectations)

    Oh, and as for the controversy. I think if you aren’t a political pundit, the torture issue fades away once you see it. I did write a longer post on that subject elsewhere so I won’t rehash it here.

  20. rufussondheim
    January 6, 2013

    Oops I meant to say this is NOT the histrionics and gimmickry of Homeland.

  21. rufussondheim
    January 6, 2013

    Over at the critics top 10 site.

    #1 spots

    Argo – 22
    Lincoln – 20
    Zero Dark Thirty – 56

  22. steve50
    January 6, 2013

    “Argo is Hollywood-lite compared to ZDT.”

    I think that is exactly why Argo could come out on top. It happens every year when the quality of the year’s best “entertainment” is within spitting distance of the critical fave. The Hurt Locker is probably the only exception in the past couple of decades.

    This year that could be a bitter pill to swallow for many of us, but that’s the Oscars. Argo is a good film that may well triumph over some great ones.

  23. rufussondheim
    January 6, 2013

    I don’t think it’s “spitting distance” though. I think it’s a wide margin.

    But then many of the critic’s groups think Argo is better. I don’t see it.

    I know I keep saying stuff like “This is the best” without backing it up. And I realize that’s lazy writing. But from my perspective that’s all you need to say. It’s a fact, like the sky is blue. You don’t have to define blue and give the scientific explanation of electromagnetic wavelengths nor discuss the biology of the eye every time you say the sky is blue. It just is. We know the sky is blue.

    The same way I accept without question the eye is blue is the same way I know that ZDT is the best of the year. It’s obvious.

  24. January 6, 2013

    Agreed about Homeland, rufus. Zero Dark Thirty makes Homeland look so hokey.

    Y’all want a breakdown of the critics groups which, thus far, have declared Argo to be a better film than Zero Dark Thirty?

    Central Ohio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Florida, Houston, IFCS, London, Nevada, Oklahoma, Phoenix, San Diego, Southeastern, St. Louis

    Not one major among them. Hick towns and foreigners!

    (That last bit was a joke. Lately, there have been some sensitive souls around these parts.)

  25. Sato
    January 6, 2013

    I have a feeling that Argo will spoil Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty’s chances at Oscar BP… It really is a film that’s not hard to like if not love, probably the best I’ve seen of 2012 for it has the right amount of suspense, comedy, action, and drama and didn’t overdo those emotions of what the Academy might want for a BP, backed up by the right amount of critical acclaim…

    And why Jennifer Lawrence pops up as a winner or runner up for BA is still a mystery to me…

  26. filmboymichael
    January 6, 2013

    I see ZDT winning pic, but Affleck winning director. I think there is going to be a groundswell of support for him.

  27. Lynne
    January 6, 2013

    Queen Hathaway for the win!

  28. Jerry
    January 6, 2013

    Looks more and more like a far gone conclusion: Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Hathaway.

    > Unless something crazy happens it will be Zero Dark Thirty or Lincoln for BP and Kathyrn Bigelow for BD.

  29. filmboymichael
    January 6, 2013

    I’m really pulling for a Chastain win….I love me some Jennifer Lawrence, but I don’t think she should win for this role and this movie.

    As far as critic’s prizes – Chastain and Lawrence are on pretty equal footing – each winning about 12 each so far.

  30. Eric P.
    January 6, 2013

    I just don’t see what all the love about Lawrence is in this pick. She was better in “Winter’s Bone” and even “Like Crazy”. This feels like Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line” all over again.

  31. Jerry Grant
    January 6, 2013

    I think the Actress race is effectively wide open. If Naomi Watts or Emanuelle Riva is nominated, either could be a serious contender to win over Lawrence or Chastain.

  32. Gage Creed
    January 6, 2013

    Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence are really neck to neck in this race… Critics awards keep shifting between them!! Can’t wait to see who the Critics Choice will pick… unless there’s a tie between both, which would keep things interesting!

  33. Phil Boroff
    January 6, 2013

    Comment

  34. Phil Boroff
    January 6, 2013

    The Oscars have always been a strange mixture of business and “art.” The “extra” that Lawrence has going for her is the box officer success of “The Hunger Games”: the extras that Chastain has going for her are the Meryl Streep comparison and Broadway’s “The Heiress.” In Hollywood, business seems to usually trump “art.” If you accept this, guess who’s going to win.

  35. Calvin
    January 6, 2013

    Oh, I really want Wreck-It Ralph to take Best Animated Feature home…

  36. JJ
    January 6, 2013

    Finally saw The Impossible. I can’t shake the images of what Naomi Watts’ character went through in that film. Though that may not the best reason to remember a performance, I can’t help thinking about it.

    Chastain is pretty but underwhelming in ZDT. I think she’s playing Bigelow, who, despite her talents, isn’t the most charismatic person on the planet. Yes, actors often ape their directors. See Leonardo DiCaprio’s bio for more examples.

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