Snubbed by Oscar, Affleck Wins Critics' Choice Top Honors
He takes best director and best film for 'Argo'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2013 6:26 AM CST
Ben Affleck accepts the award for best director for "Argo" at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – The Critics' Choice Awards are generally a good barometer for the Oscars, which makes Ben Affleck's night a bittersweet one. He took home honors for best director and best film last night for Argo, hours after failing to even get nominated in the directors' category for an Academy Award. "I would like to thank the academy," he said upon winning. "I'm kidding, I'm kidding. This is the one that counts." Winners in the big categories, from USA Today and AP:

  • Best film: Argo
  • Best director: Ben Affleck (Argo)
  • Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  • Best actress: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Supporting actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  • Supporting actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
  • Original screenplay: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Click for the full list of winners.

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Jan 11, 2013 12:31 PM CST
I cannot understand Ben's snub by the Academy. He did a fantastic job on Argo... probably better than Spielberg's Lincoln, which I feel has pacing problems and at times feels like documentary lecture. I've seen most of the nominated best films for this year [I can't bring myself to watch that Bin Laden film featuring torture... sorry, but as my stomach turns at the prospect... I won't]and felt Ben's effort was right up there with the very best.