2012 Critics Awards: St. Louis Film Critics

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Best Film:         Argo

Best Director:         Ben Affleck (Argo)

Best Actor:         Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Best Actress:         Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Supporting Actor:         Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Best Supporting Actress:         (Tie): Ann Dowd (Compliance)  and Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

Best Original Screenplay:         Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)

Best Adapted Screenplay:         (Tie): Lincoln (Tony Kushner)  and Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)

Best Cinematography:         Skyfall (Roger Deakins)

Best Visual Effects:         Life of Pi

Best Music:         (Tie): Django Unchained and Moonrise Kingdom

Best Foreign-Language Film:         The Intouchables

Best Documentary:         Searching for Sugar Man

Best Comedy:         (Tie): Moonrise Kingdom and Ted

Best Animated Film:         Wreck-It Ralph

 

Special Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment)

(Four-way Tie):

Django Unchained – The bag head bag/mask problems scene

Hitchcock – Anthony Hopkins in lobby conducting to music/audience’s reaction during Psycho screening

The Impossible – Opening tsunami scene

The Master – The first processing questioning scene between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix

 

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~ Guy Maddin On Sirk And Fassbinder

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