Woody Allen
(© Tristan Fuge)
Woody Allen
(© Tristan Fuge)
The Critics Choice Movie Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, were announced on Thursday, January 12 in Los Angeles and aired live on VH1.

Best Picture was awarded to The Artist; Bridesmaids was named Best Comedy; Rango was named Best Animated Feature; and A Separation was named Best Foreign Language Film.

Best Director was awarded to Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist; Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian won Best Adapted Screenplay for Moneyball, and Woody Allen won Best Original Screenplay for Midnight in Paris.

Best Actor was given to George Clooney for ; two-time Tony Award winner Viola Davis was named Best Actress for The Help; Christopher Plummer was named Best Supporting Actor for Beginners; Octavia Spencer was named Best Supporting Actress for The Help; Thomas Horn was named Best Young Actor/Actress for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Best Acting Ensemble was awarded to the cast of The Help, which includes Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, and Cicely Tyson, as well as Davis and Spencer.

In addition, Martin Scorsese received the group's Music + Film Award, and Sean Penn was given the group's Joel Siegel Award for his charitable work in Haiti.

For more information, visit www.bcfa.org.