By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Houston Film Critics Awards 2012

Best Picture–Argo
Best Director – Ben Affleck, Argo
Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress—Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor—Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress—Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Best Screenplay—Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Best Cinematography—Roger Deakins, Skyfall
Best Animated Film—Wreck-It Ralph
Best Documentary Film—The Imposter
Best Foreign Film—Holy Motors
Best Score—Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas
Best Song—“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music & lyrics by ADELE and Paul Epworth
Texas Independent Film Award—Bernie
Worst Film—That’s My Boy
Technical Achievement—The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Humanitarian of the Year—Adam Yauch
Lifetime Achievement—Robert Duvall
Outstanding Contribution to Cinema—Jeff Millar

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“When Barry Jenkins introduced Moonlight, he said he hoped we see ourselves in the characters. We’re thrown into neighborhood combat with 10-year-old Chiron in Miami’s Liberty City where the empty lots, abandoned buildings, sidewalks — the shortcuts and escape routes — are his total known world. We intake vividly, like a 10-year-old, the cruel, the generous, the strangeness of others, the crack-addled neglect in a home he can’t escape. Jenkins’ characters’ lives move on, get stunted, are dulled to stupefaction, end tragically, end in separation. Moonlight is Chiron’s world. It’s the current lower-middle class, working class, disenfranchised- and-alienated-class world. Intimacy is Jenkins’ accomplishment. But, what we’re intimate with is another consciousness so totally and truthfully created, that we’re looking outward and inward simultaneously. That’s why Jenkins’ work is profound. Chiron is us and we are him, asking ourselves, ‘Who am I? Where do I fit?'”
~ Michael Mann On Moonlight