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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