Video: Oscar talk grows for Daniel Day Lewis after best actor win in critics awards
DANIEL Day Lewis shortened the odds on an Oscar win after he claimed best actor for his role in "Lincoln" at last night’s Critics Choice Movie Awards in California last night.
Ben Affleck's Iran hostage drama “Argo”, and “Zero Dark Thirty” star Jessica Chastain were also among big winners.
The all-star "Silver Linings Playbook" swept the comedy awards, winning best comedy film, best comedy actor for Bradley Cooper and best comedy actress, which went to Jennifer Lawrence.
The 250-member Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest film critics organisation in the United States and Canada, also gave the film its best acting ensemble prize at the event in Santa Monica.
Affleck, known mostly as actor and who was overlooked for directing Argo earlier yesterday when the Academy Award nominations were announced, began his acceptance with the quip: "I would like to thank the academy," before adding "I'm kidding. This is the one that counts."
Wicklow man Day-Lewis won for his acclaimed performance in the title role of Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Lincoln," while Chastain took the prize for "Zero Dark Thirty," about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
It was one of only two awards for "Lincoln", which led the Oscar nominations with 12. The Oscar runner-up, "Life of Pi," won only two technical awards.
Lawrence took home two awards, also winning best actress in an action movie for "The Hunger Games."
"Critics aren't so bad," she said as she accepted the award, later riffing on the line when she won her second award, for "Silver Linings Playbook," saying "Seriously, I love critics."
Many stars who were nominated just hours earlier for Oscars, Hollywood's top honours, were on hand, including "Les Miserables" star Hugh Jackman, Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, who won the award for best supporting actress for "Les Miserables."
Best supporting actor went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for "The Master."
Director David O. Russell dedicated the "Silver Linings" award to his son, saying "I made it to give him hope," adding, "That's my silver lining."
European director Michael Haneke's drama "Amour", about an aging couple struggling with failing health and mortality and which scored several major Oscar nominations yesterday, won the award for best foreign language film.
The prize for best sci-fi/horror film went to "Looper" while "Searching for Sugarman" won best documentary.
The screenwriting awards were won by Quentin Tarantino for his original screenplay for "Django Unchained" and Tony Kushner who adapted the screenplay for "Lincoln."
Adele's song "Skyfall" from the James Bond film of the same name won best song, and star Daniel Craig was named best actor in a action film. The film also won best action movie.
Nine-year old Quvenzhane Wallis, star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" who became the youngest best actress Oscar nominee in history yesterday, was named best young actor or actress. She accepted her award clutching a pink-cased electronic device, from which she read her speech as she grinned broadly.
The awards were handed out ahead of Sunday's Golden Globes and a slew of other award shows that narrow the field for the Oscars, which will be held on February 24.
Writer-producer-director Judd Apatow received a special "genius" award created to honour "an unprecedented demonstration of excellence in the cinematic arts."