‘Lincoln’ Doesn’t Win Big at the 18th Critics’ Choice Awards

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2013 Critics Choice Awards Winners

As we head further into the depths of awards season, it begins to get down to the nitty gritty as to who will walk away with Oscar gold. Lincoln was nominated for a record breaking 13 awards at the 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, but only took home three. Many good choices were picked this year and the entire list of winners can be found after the jump. 

Despite what this years’ Oscar nominees say, it is interesting to see who won this evening. (Ben Affleck had a nice jab at the Academy for his snub.) The BFCA are professionals who see hundreds of movies each year, I believe the industry overlooks how valuable their opinions are.

Sure we’re all monkeys chomping away at popcorn in dark rooms each weekend, but I believe professional critics should have a bigger say in who is the best of the best because that is what they are paid to evaluate. I assume members of the trade organizations don’t spend day in and day out assessing the values of every aspect of the movies as critics do and that has to say something about awards season and who is nominated doesn’t it? But I digress…

Tonight’s ceremony was very dry. Whomever wrote the jokes for the actors to read did a very lousy job. The worst part were these pre-recorded videos of certain critics who spoke unfavorably about their jobs and how MISERABLE it is to sit through “bad” movies or get flown across the country for free to see The Princess Diaries 2. Another funny thing I noticed was that the ceremony was held in a airplane hangar.

There was a nice montage of Judd Apatow directed and produced pictures (Knocked Up; Superbad; Bridesmaids; This is 40; etc.) who was given the Louis the XIII Genius Award, whatever that means (it’s named after a cognac). It also says something about this new generation when Quvenzhane Wallis went up to accept her award and brought her iPhone on stage with an acceptance speech on it. The BFCA also misspelled Anne Hathaway’s name wrong and she called them out on it on stage when she accepted her award. Good times.

Oh and one more thing. Twilight won the dumbest award of the evening, a fan voted award, for best franchise, which beat out the likes of Star Wars, Spider-Man, Batman, and Harry Potter. It just goes to show, if you gives fans the opportunity to vote with Twilight on the ballot, every girl under the age of 18 is going to flock to the Internet like their life depended on it.

Here are your winners:

BEST PICTURE

Daniel Day Lewis Critics Choice Awards

BEST ACTOR

  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln (WINNER)
  • John Hawkes – The Sessions
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
  • Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
  • Denzel Washington – Flight

Jessica Chastain Critics Choice Awards

BEST ACTRESS

  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty (WINNER)
  • Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
  • Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Naomi Watts – The Impossible

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Alan Arkin – Argo
  • Javier Bardem – Skyfall
  • Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master (WINNER)
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
  • Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike

Anne Hathaway Critics Choice Awards

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Amy Adams – The Master
  • Judi Dench – Skyfall
  • Ann Dowd – Compliance
  • Sally Field – Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables (WINNER)
  • Helen Hunt – The Sessions

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

  • Elle Fanning – Ginger & Rosa
  • Kara Hayward – Moonrise Kingdom
  • Tom Holland – The Impossible
  • Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Suraj Sharma – Life of Pi
  • Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild  (WINNER)

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

  • Argo
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Silver Linings Playbook (WINNER)

Ben Affleck Critics Choice Awards

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Ben Affleck – Argo  (WINNER)
  • Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Tom Hooper – Les Misérables
  • Ang Lee – Life of Pi
  • David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Steven Spielberg – Lincoln

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained (WINNER)
  • John Gatins – Flight
  • Rian Johnson – Looper
  • Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master
  • Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom
  • Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Chris Terrio – Argo
  • Tony Kushner – Lincoln (WINNER)
  • David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
  • David Magee – Life of Pi
  • Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Life of Pi Critics Choice Awards

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda (WINNER)
  • Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
  • Les Misérables – Danny Cohen
  • The Master – Mihai Malaimare Jr.
  • Skyfall – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer, Katie Spencer/Set Decorator (WINNER)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Dan Hennah/Production Designer, Ra Vincent & Simon Bright/Set Decorators
  • Les Misérables – Eve Stewart/Production Designer, Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set Decorator
  • Life of Pi – David Gropman/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
  • Lincoln – Rick Carter/Production Designer, Jim Erickson/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING

  • Argo – William Goldenberg
  • Les Misérables – Melanie Ann Oliver, Chris Dickens
  • Life of Pi – Tim Squyres
  • Lincoln – Michael Kahn
  • Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor (WINNER)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran (WINNER)
  • Cloud Atlas – Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor
  • Les Misérables – Paco Delgado
  • Lincoln – Joanna Johnston

BEST MAKEUP

  • Cloud Atlas (WINNER)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • The Avengers
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi (WINNER)

Wreck it Ralph Critics Choice Awards

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Madagascar 3
  • ParaNorman
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Wreck-It Ralph (WINNER)

Skyfall Critics Choice Awards

BEST ACTION MOVIE

  • The Avengers
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Looper
  • Skyfall (WINNER)

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

  • Christian Bale – The Dark Knight Rises
  • Daniel Craig – Skyfall (WINNER)
  • Robert Downey Jr. – The Avengers
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Looper
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – End of Watch

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

  • Emily Blunt – Looper
  • Gina Carano – Haywire
  • Judi Dench – Skyfall
  • Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
  • Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games (WINNER)

Silver Linings Playbook Critics Choice Awards

BEST COMEDY

  • Bernie
  • Silver Linings Playbook (WINNER)
  • Ted
  • This Is 40
  • 21 Jump Street

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Jack Black – Bernie
  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook (WINNER)
  • Paul Rudd – This Is 40
  • Channing Tatum – 21 Jump Street
  • Mark Wahlberg – Ted

Jennifer Lawrence Critics Choice Awards

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Mila Kunis – Ted
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook (WINNER)
  • Shirley MacLaine – Bernie
  • Leslie Mann – This Is 40
  • Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect

Looper Critics Choice Awards

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Looper (WINNER)
  • Prometheus

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Amour (WINNER)
  • The Intouchables
  • A Royal Affair
  • Rust and Bone

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Bully
  • The Imposter
  • Queen of Versailles
  • Searching for Sugar Man (WINNER)
  • The Central Park Five
  • West of Memphis

BEST SONG

  • “For You” – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Actor of Valor
  • “Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall (WINNER)
  • “Still Alive” – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive
  • “Suddenly” – performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer – Les Misérables
  • “Learn Me Right” – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – Brave

BEST SCORE

  • Argo – Alexandre Desplat
  • Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
  • Lincoln – John Williams (WINNER)
  • The Master – Jonny Greenwood
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Alexandre Desplat

About Author

Tyler Schirado is the founder and editor-in-chief of Turn The Right Corner. Legend has it, he’s said to have rode on the back of a T-Rex and has the natural survival instincts to live through the zombie apocalypse. His spirit animal is a corgi.


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