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Snubbed by Oscars, Affleck shines at Critics' Choice awards

posted 11 Jan 2013, 02:41 by Mpelembe   [ updated 11 Jan 2013, 02:41 ]

'Argo,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' win at Critics Choice.

SANTA MONICACALIFORNIAUNITED STATES (JANUARY 10, 2013) (THE CW NETWORK) -  Ben Affleck's Iran hostage drama "Argo," "Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis and "Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain were among big winners at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday (January 10), taking honors for best picture, actor and actress, with Affleck nabbing the prize for best director.

The all-star "Silver Linings Playbook" swept the comedy awards, winning best comedy film, best comedy actor for Bradley Cooper and best comedy actress, which went toJennifer Lawrence.

The 250-member Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, also gave the film its best acting ensemble prize at the event in Santa MonicaCalifornia.

Affleck, known mostly as actor and who was overlooked for directing "Argo" earlier on Thursday when the Academy Award nominations were announced, began his acceptance with the quip: "I would like to thank the Academy," before adding "I'm kidding. This is the one that counts."

Day-Lewis won for his acclaimed performance in the title role of Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Lincoln," while Chastain took the prize for "Zero Dark Thirty," about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Chastain thanked her director, Kathryn Bigelow in an emotional acceptance speech.

"In my moments of deepest doubts, you lifted me up," said an emotional Chastain. "Your tenacity and fearless film making will always stand as a model for me. You are an inspiration to me."

It was one of only two awards for "Lincoln," which led the Oscar nominations with 12. The Oscar runner-up, "Life of Pi," won only two technical awards.

Lawrence took home two awards, also winning best actress in an action movie for "The Hunger Games."

Many stars who were nominated just hours earlier for Oscars, Hollywood's top honors, were on hand, including "Les Miserables" star Hugh JackmanRobert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, who won the award for best supporting actress for "Les Miserables."

Best supporting actor went to Philip Seymour Hoffman -- not in attendance -- for "The Master."

European director Michael Haneke's drama "Amour," about an aging couple struggling with failing health and mortality and which scored several major Oscar nominations on Thursday, won the award for best foreign language film.

The awards were handed out ahead of Sunday's Golden Globes and a slew of other award shows that narrow the field for the Oscars, which will be held on Feb. 24.