HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — “The Artist” was named best picture at tonight’s 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium.

Michel Hazanavicius, who directed the black-and-white silent movie homage, was named best director. The movie also won for best costume design and best score.

George Clooney took the best actor award for his performance in”The Descendants” and Viola Davis was the best actress winner for her work in “The Help.” Her castmate Octavia Spencer won for best supporting actress. “The Help” also won for best acting ensemble.

Christopher Plummer won for best supporting actor for his role in “Beginners.”

The other acting award went to Thomas Horn of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” for best young actor or actress.

“Hugo,” whose 11 nominations matched “The Artist” for the most, won just one award, for art direction.

Clooney presented actor Sean Penn with the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s fifth annual Joel Siegel Award in recognition of his humanitarian work, most notably on behalf of the victims of the 2010 earthquake that rocked Haiti and killed more than 200,000 people.

Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. The organization has continued to raise money and awareness of the disaster to provide relief to Haiti.

The Critics’ Choice Awards are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Martin Scorsese, a best director nominee for “Hugo,” was presented with the Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award honoring his cinematic storytelling and use of music to heighten the impact of his films.

The association cited not only Scorsese’s feature films — such as “Mean Streets,” “GoodFellas” and “The Departed” — as examples of his use of music in motion pictures, but his documentary work focusing on artists such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and George Harrison.

The ceremony was hosted by comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel.

Here is a complete list of winners:

BEST PICTURE — “The Artist”

BEST ACTOR — George Clooney, “The Descendants”

BEST ACTRESS — Viola Davis, “The Help”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR — Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS — Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS — Thomas Horn, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”


BEST DIRECTOR — Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY — “Moneyball,” Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Tie) — “The Tree of Life,” Emmanuel Lubezki and “War Horse,” Janusz Kaminski

BEST ART DIRECTION — “Hugo,” Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo

BEST EDITING — “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

BEST COSTUME DESIGN — “The Artist,” Mark Bridges

BEST MAKEUP — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS — “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

BEST SOUND — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”



BEST COMEDY — “Bridesmaids”


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE — “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”

BEST SONG — “Life’s a Happy Song,” performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie (“The Muppets”)

BEST SCORE — “The Artist,” Ludovic Bource

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