Two fact-based films — Argo, Ben Affleck’s acclaimed drama about an audacious plan to escape from Iran, and Bernie, Richard Linklater’s cheeky dramedy about crime and punishment deep in the heart of Texas — were among the top honorees Saturday as the Houston Film Critics Society announced winners of its annual awards for outstanding cinematic accomplishments.
HFCS selected Argo as Best Film and Affleck as Best Director, and named Bernie as winner of the Texas Independent Film award.
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln claimed more HFCS awards — three — than any 2012 release.
But Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln claimed more HFCS awards – three – than any other 2012 release: Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and Best Screenplay (Tony Kushner).
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) was named Best Actress, and Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) was named Best Supporting Actress by the HFCS membership.
Other HFCS award winners:
- Wreck-It Ralph, Best Animated Film;
- The Imposter, Best Documentary;
- Holy Motors, Best Foreign Film;
- Cloud Atlas (Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil and Tom Tykwer), Best Score;
- Skyfall (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), Best Song.
Skyfall – the movie -- also earned an HFCS award for veteran cinematographer Richard Deakins.
Winners were announced Saturday during the annual HFCS awards show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Among the show’s other highlights: A film-clip tribute to Robert Duvall, who was voted a Lifetime Achievement award by HFCS, and the presentation of posthumous awards for Jeff Millar, the former Houston Chronicle film critic who passed away in November, and Adam Yauch, the Beastie Boys rapper and Oscilloscope Pictures founder who died in May.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey received the equivalent of an honorable mention, an award for Technical Achievement.
Last and arguably least: That’s My Boy was named the Worst Film of 2012.