Viola Davis and George Clooney take lead acting trophies
Forgive the delay in posting last night's BFCA Critics' Choice Awards results: Kris was on the scene and doubtless living it up, while I was catching some shut-eye. I'm sure Kris will fill you in later on how things went down from the inside -- I haven't even seen the ceremony myself -- but the chief news to take away here is that "The Artist" inevitably sealed its status as the film to beat this Oscar season with four wins, including Best Picture and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius. (Among its other wins is one for Best Original Score -- someone go and check Kim Novak's pulse.)
It appears to have been an evening short on surprises -- but then, when have we ever counted on the BFCA to shake things up? It is worth noting, however, that "The Help" star Viola Davis scored her first big win of the season here, after having been largely shut out of the critics' awards. (After tying for the win in the 2008 and 2009 ceremonies, Meryl Streep remained in her seat this time.) Sandra Bullock started her streak of Best Actress wins here two years ago, and I sense it'll be the same for Davis, whose vehicle, like Bullock's, is more beloved by the industry and the public than by the critical majority.