Ben Affleck’s Argo, which dramatises the real-life story of a CIA-Canadian secret service operation in Iran, has won best picture and best director at the Critics Choice Awards in Hollywood.
The film, in which Affleck also stars, beat fellow Oscar best picture contenders Les Misérables, Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln and Life of Pi to the top prize.
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.
Hours after missing out on an Oscar best picture nomination, Skyfall won best action movie and best song while leading man Daniel Craig took home best actor in an action movie.
Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress for her portrayal of Fantine in musical film Les Miserables, which hits UK cinemas today.
The Critics Choice Awards aim to honour the finest achievements in filmmaking. This year’s winners were announced last night at a ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium.