Receiving his award, Affleck – who missed out on a nomination in the Oscars‘ best director category for the movie – said: “It’s very, very cool for me. There was a time that a Ben Affleck critics’ award was a Saturday Night Live sketch.”
Oscar favourite Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s biopic of the US president, won best adapted screenplay and best original score, while its star Daniel Day Lewis – who is the bookies’ front runner for leading actor at this year’s Oscar ceremony – was named best actor. Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain was awarded best actress.
In the comedy category, David O Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook swept the board, winning best comedy and best acting ensemble, while its stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence won best actor and actress in a comedy. Jennifer Lawrence also won best actress in an action movie for her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.
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