'Argo' and 'Silver Linings Playbook' top Critics' Choice Awards

"Argo" and "Silver Linings Playbook" were voted Best Film and Best Comedy at the 18th Critics' Choice Movie Awards, held by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) on January 10, 2013.

The films by Ben Affleck and David O. Russell beat "Lincoln," which was the odds-on favorite. That film, which was nominated a record thirteen times, picked up three awards: Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.

Ben Affleck, who was overlooked for an Academy Award nomination for Best Director for "Argo,' got the blessing of around 250 BFCA critics, thus following in the footsteps of last year's winner Michel Hazanavicius. His thriller set against the backdrop of the Iranian crisis was also awarded the respected Critics' Choice Award for Best Picture.

"Silver Linings Playbook," which received acclaim at the Toronto film festival, won the award for Best Comedy. David O. Russell's feel-good movie is now the odds-on favorite to win the Golden Globe in this category on January 13. The film's actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were voted Best Actor and Best Actress in a Comedy. "Silver Linings Playbook" also took home the Best Acting Ensemble Award.

The BFCA members praised "Skyfall," which won the award for Best Action Movie. Daniel Craig won the award for Best Actor in this category. In the women's category, Jennifer Lawrence staved off competition again and won a second Critics' Choice Award for "Hunger Games."

Critics' Choice Movie Awards Winners List 2013

Best Picture: "Argo"
Best Director: Ben Affleck

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Best Young Actor/Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Acting Ensemble: "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained")
Best Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner ("Lincoln")
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda ("Life of Pi")
Best Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer ("Anna Karenina")
Best Editing: William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor ("Zero Dark Thirty")
Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran ("Anna Karenina")
Best Makeup: "Cloud Atlas"
Best Visual Effects: "Life of Pi"

Best Animated Feature: "Wreck-It Ralph"
Best Action Movie: "Skyfall"
Best Actress In An Action Movie: Jennifer Lawrence
Best Actor In An Action Movie: Daniel Craig
Best Comedy: "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actress In An Action Movie: Jennifer Lawrence
Best Actor In An Action Movie: Bradley Cooper
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: "Looper"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"
Best Documentary Feature: "Sugar Man"
Best Song: "Skyfall"
Best Score: John Williams ("Lincoln")

Discover the Critics' Choice Awards website: www.criticschoice.com