Florida Film Critics go with ‘Argo’


The thriller wins three awards, including Best Picture; ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ win the acting categories.


Argo, the tense thriller about an unlikely rescue set during the Iran hostage crisis, was named Best Picture of 2012 by the Florida Film Critics Circle. The movie, which is expected to be a major Oscar player, also won Best Director for Ben Affleck and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chris Terrio.

Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor for his uncanny portrayal of the 16th U.S. President in Lincoln. Jessica Chastain won Best Actress for her performance as a CIA agent obsessed with hunting down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty.

The Queen of Versailles, the riches-to-rags story of a wealthy couple whose fortune crumbles while preparing to build an enormous mansion, won Best Documentary. Frankenweenie, director Tim Burton’s loving ode to the monster movies of his youth, won Best Animated Film. Roger Deakins’ remarkable work in the Bond thriller Skyfall won Best Cinematography, while Ang Lee’s 3D spectacular Life of Pi won Best Visual Effects. Quvenzhané Wallis, who was six years old when she starred in Beasts of the Southern Wild, was named Breakout Star.

Formed in 1996, the Florida Film Critics Circle is comprised of critics and journalists from around the state, including The Herald’s Rene Rodriguez and Connie Ogle.

Here is the complete list of this year’s winners:

Picture: Argo

Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Director: Ben Affleck, Argo

Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo

Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, Looper

Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Skyfall

Visual Effects: Life Of Pi

Art Direction/Production Design: Thomas Brown, et al., Anna Karenina

Foreign Language: The Intouchables

Animated: Frankenweenie

Documentary: The Queen Of Versailles

Breakout: Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">‘Magic in the Moonlight’:</span> Colin Firth is a stage magician trying to disprove the abilities of an acclaimed psychic (Emma Stone).

    Magic in the Moonlight (PG-13)

    The inherent problem in cranking out a movie (sometimes two!) every year, as Woody Allen has been doing for the last 34 years, is that some of them are inevitably going to be dogs. Does someone have a gun to the filmmaker’s head that forces him to proceed with half-baked, joyless comedies such as Magic in the Moonlight instead of tossing bad ideas out and starting fresh? This is, at best, a 20-minute TV episode extended to feature length, and the stretch marks show. Boy, do they show. That’s practically all you can see, really.

 <span class="cutline_leadin">‘Guardians of the Galaxy’:</span> Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Chris Pratt form an unlikely team of space-jockey superheroes.

    Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)

    Watching the zippy, ebullient Guardians of the Galaxy, you wonder “Why can’t all comic-book movies be this much fun?”

Dad (Ethan Hawke, right) plays around with his son (Ellar Coltrane) in a scene from “Boyhood.”

    Boyhood (R)

    Contrary to most dramas, which tend to dwell on traumatic or seismic events, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood argues that life is a compilation of small, everyday moments, an accumulation of the feelings and thoughts and emotions we start to gather from the time we are children. Shot over the span of 12 years, with the cast getting together for a few days annually to shoot some scenes, the movie charts the growth of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from the ages of 5 to 18. Mason has an older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, the director’s daughter) and he has two loving parents, Mom (Patricia Arquette) and Dad (Ethan Hawke), who are divorced and live apart. Their relationship can be contentious at times, but they both care deeply for their kids.

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