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

(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.

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.
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)
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