2013 Critics' Choice Awards Winners - 'Argo' Wins Best Picture

2013 Critics Choice AwardsThe Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) -- an organization of which I am a member -- held the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards tonight and while I wasn't able to be in attendance, I voted on these awards so I had some measure of a vested interest in how they turned out.

Ben Affleck may have been snubbed for Best Director at the Oscar nominations this morning, but he took home Best Director at the Critic's Choice Awards and saw Argo win Best Picture. I wasn't able to be in attendance, but folks on Twitter relayed his Best Director acceptance speech where he said, "I would like to thank the Academy... I'm kidding, I'm kidding this is the one that counts."

Director and Picture would be the only two awards Argo would take home while Silver Linings Playbook was the leading winner with four, three of which came from the comedy categories where it won Best Comedy, Actor (Bradley Cooper) and Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). The David O. Russell-directed feature also won Best Ensemble.

Jennifer Lawrence was a dual winner tonight, combining her Best Actress in a Comedy win with a Best Actress in an Action Movie win for her part in The Hunger Games. Skyfall took advantage of the Action category as well where Daniel Craig won for Best Actor and the film won Best Action Film, topping Looper, which would eventually win Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film.

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) won Best Actress, Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) won for Best Actor and in the Supporting categories Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) were the winners.

I have already updated the Oscar Overture with the win for Argo as we are now knee deep in this race and if you check out the upcoming Awards Schedule it isn't slowing down from here.

We will be back her Sunday night with a Live Blog of the 2013 Golden Globes so be sure to join us for that. Until then, I have listed both the winners and nominees below and highlighted the winners in bold red text. I have also placed a My Pick next to the nominees I voted for in each category. I hope that's not too confusing...

Top Winners

  1. Silver Linings Playbook - 4 wins
  2. Lincoln - 3 wins
  3. Skyfall - 3 wins
  4. Anna Karenina - 2 wins
  5. Argo - 2 wins
  6. Life of Pi - 2 wins
  7. Zero Dark Thirty - 2 wins


  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django UnchainedMy Pick
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty


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


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


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


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


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


  • Argo
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Moonrise KingdomMy Pick
  • Silver Linings Playbook


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


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


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


  • Les Misérables - Danny Cohen
  • Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
  • Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
  • The Master - Mihai Malaimare Jr.My Pick
  • Skyfall - Roger Deakins


  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • LincolnMy Pick


  • Argo
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark ThirtyMy Pick


  • Anna KareninaMy Pick
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Hobbit
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln


  • Cloud Atlas
  • The HobbitMy Pick
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln


  • The Avengers
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hobbit
  • Life of PiMy Pick


  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Madagascar 3
  • ParaNorman
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Wreck-It RalphMy Pick


  • The Avengers
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • LooperMy Pick
  • Skyfall


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


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


  • Bernie
  • Silver Linings PlaybookMy Pick
  • Ted
  • This Is 40
  • 21 Jump Street


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


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


  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • LooperMy Pick
  • Prometheus


  • Amour
  • The Intouchables
  • A Royal Affair
  • Rust and BoneMy Pick


  • Bully
  • The Central Park Five
  • The Imposter
  • The Queen of VersaillesMy Pick
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • West of Memphis


  • For You - performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Act of Valor
  • Learn Me Right - performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – Brave
  • Skyfall - performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – SkyfallMy Pick
  • 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


  • Argo - Alexandre Desplat
  • Life of Pi - Mychael DannaMy Pick
  • Lincoln - John Williams
  • The Master - Jonny Greenwood
  • Moonrise Kingdom - Alexandre Desplat

  • Nick

    Cloud Atlas winning Make-up is honestly the best news for me.

  • Jesse3232

    Does this further increase Tarantino's chances at Best Original Screenplay?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      No. He also won the Critics Choice award for Basterds so it's meaningless.

      • The Dude

        The Hurt Locker wasn't losing steam at that point. Zero Dark Thirty clearly is.

        • http://hauntedbyhumans.wordpress.com Jesse

          Its still gonna be between Argo and Lincoln for Best Picture

          • DavidG

            I don't know, Affleck's snub was a pretty big momentum loss. I think it is between Lincoln, SLP, and maybe even Life of Pi if they want to shake it up.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    I saw something I never thought I'd see... Brad voted Channing Tatum as Best Comedic Actor. Well, he was good overall this year. I'm just sad that he wasn't able to vote in favorite film franchise, because I know he definitely wouldn't miss the opportunity to vote for The Twilight Saga.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

      But, on another note, this will provide a big boost to Ben Affleck's directing odds... oh. right.

  • Eric

    Now we need Life of Pi to win the Globes, Zero Dark Thirty to win the PGA, Les MIz to win SAG and Lincoln to win DGA. Then we'll have a real fun awards season....

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    I love that QT won... and then they didn't even include the category in the broadcast...

    • The Dude

      The broadcast was awful.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        The jokes, as always, were horrendous... and don't even get me started on that Judd Apatow award....

        • Travis

          Rebel Wilson's introduction was entertaining, Anne Hathaway and, although you didn't want him to win, Affleck gave some nice speeches, but overall that was one of the most shoddy broadcasts I've ever seen (last year was better with Sheer and Huebel, though)

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

            The worst part of every award season (advertisements aside) is having to sit through those god-awful pre-announcement jokes. Does ANYONE think those are funny or cute?

  • The Dude

    It will be interesting to see how the DGA votes. I wish they voted before the Oscar nominations were announced so that they aren't influenced by that and go with the mediocre choice of Lincoln.

    It would be awesome if Affleck won. Would raise a lot of question marks.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    Well, this makes up for Ben Affleck's snub a little bit. I think Argo can still be a contender for Best Picture, maybe driving a Driving Miss Daisy. Anyways, I'll be cautiously optimistic for Argo. I hope it continues to build steam.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    And seeing Jessica Chastain beat Jennifer Lawrence is interesting. If she wins the SAG, Chastain may topple Lawrence.

    • Art

      Not really, but it is interesting. Davis won Critic's Choice and SAG last year and still lost at the Oscars.

  • Disco Paco


    How gut-wrenchingly awkward and awful was the ceremony? That host. No one even faked laughed for him throughout the night. I think you and Lare could do a much better job. What do you say?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      In all honesty, I couldn't bring myself to watch it. The host was announced at the last minute, I didn't know who he was and the list of presenters was a bunch of TV personalities. Then I see they handed out awards during commercials and the room didn't even quiet down for acceptance speeches. From what I've read elsewhere and in these comments, it all sounds rather embarrassing.

  • Art

    Very interesting results. It seems like Argo has made it a race. Best Actress is the exciting category once again. This does not guarantee Chastain anything though as critic's choice got both lead acting wins wrong last year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lawhs89/ lawhs89

    I did like Quvenzhané Wallis whipping out the Iphone reading her speech. Sign of the times, who writes anymore.

  • John Doe Snow

    Brad why don't you try to pick the *best* next time? LOL
    Just kidding...but a couple of your choices are really weird.

  • Randall P McMurphy

    Brad, are you allowed to reveal your choices?

  • Dale

    I agree with "Argo" winning best picture. It's my choice as well, but I'm starting to get confused by all the awards groups. I'm usually most intrigued by the selections of the National Society of Film Critics because they often go determinedly against the flow. They gave "Amour" their nod this year, and in the past have been astute enough to pick such gems as "Babe" and "Pan's Labyrinth" as their top winners.