Director Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” the true story of six Americans who escape from Iran courtesy of a science fiction film scam, is the Denver Film Critics Society’s selection for 2012’s best film.
Affleck also earned honors for best direction in a film, a strong indicator “Argo” will be featured prominently when the Academy Award nominations are announced Thursday.
Best acting honors went to Daniel Day-Lewis for his stunning transformation into the 16th president in “Lincoln” and Jennifer Lawrence for her mature, exhilarating turn in “Silver Linings Playbook”
The complete list of DFCS winners:
- Best Film: “Argo”
- Best Achievement in Directing: Ben Affleck, “Argo”
- Best Lead Performance by an Actor, Male: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
- Best Lead Performance by an Actor, Female: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Best Supporting Performance by an Actor, Male: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
- Best Supporting Performance by an Actor, Female: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
- Best Animated Feature: “ParaNorman”
- Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”
- Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Best Documentary Feature: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”
- Best Original Song: “Skyfall,” Adele (“Skyfall”)
- Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer, “The Dark Knight Rises”
- Best Non-English Language Feature: “Amour”
The Denver Film Critics Society, featuring movie critics from the greater Denver region, selected “The Tree of Life” as 2011’s Best Film.
(Note: Christian Toto, assistant editor at Big Hollywood, is co-chair of DFCS)