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Hey, Ben Affleck -- your movie's a hit on the Information Superhighway!
Amidst some pretty heavy competition from more tailor-made critics' darlings like "Lincoln" and "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo" has been assigned Best Picture by the Online Film Critics Society.
Affleck's CIA thriller that depicts the true-life rescue operation in which intelligence agents passed themselves off as science fiction filmmakers has been a hit with critics and audiences alike, though until now it appeared that it would be lost in an extremely overcrowded awards season in which more high-profile films are duking it out for the official accolades.
Other notable Online Film Critics winners include "The Master," which until recently seemed to have been all but forgotten by awards-givers. The difficult and completely thrilling drama won Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson and Best Supporting Actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance as the charismatic yet volatile leader of what could be interpreted as a Scientology-like cult.
It's great to see "ParaNorman" getting some love as well, as the animated horror comedy won Best Animated Feature over such "safer" choices as "Brave" and "Wreck-It Ralph." Indeed, "ParaNorman" has been one of the year's most distinctive cinematic underdogs, animated or otherwise -- and a popular favorite with Internet critics.
Oh, and is someone finally giving "Cloud Atlas" at least an A for effort? The astonishingly ambitious (and criminally underrated) mind-bending fantasyscape from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer was awarded Best Editing for its commendable job in juggling six different narratives over six different time periods. It's been enraging to see this one pop up on the occasional "Worst of 2012" lists; come on, does it <i>really</i> deserve to be keeping the company of dreck like "That's My Boy" and "The Devil Inside"?
Finally, let's hear it for "Holy Motors," the bizarro descent into the mind of an actor as he journeys through several alternating personas and meets a bunch of weirdoes on the way. The gleefully creative French film won Best Film Not in the English Language (a welcome titular alternative to "Best Foreign Film," no?).
The complete list of Online Film Critics Society winners can be found below.
Best Picture: "Argo"
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, "Moonrise Kingdom"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"
Best Editing: Alexander Berner, "Cloud Atlas"
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, "Skyfall"
Best Animated Feature: "ParaNorman"
Best Film Not in the English Language: "Holy Motors"
Best Documentary: "This Is Not a Film"
The cast of 'Argo' talks to Yahoo! Movies:
- Arts & Entertainment
- Online Film Critics Society
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
- Philip Seymour Hoffman