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'The Artist' wins big at Critics' Choice Awards

Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo appear in a promotional photo for the 2011 movie 'The Artist.' (The Weinstein Company)

January 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The awards season officially kicked off with the silent film "The Artist" being named best picture at the 17th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday.

"The Artist" led all winners with four honors in all, earning trophies for best picture, director, score and costumes.

The Critics' Choice Awards are given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The drama "The Help," based on a novel about black maids speaking out about their white employers during the civil-rights movement, also came out a big winner, taking home honors for best acting ensemble, plus awarding a best actress nod to Viola Davis.

"I hope this kind of encourages Hollywood to keep making films with a cast that looks like this - a racially-diverse cast, a female cast. I think that would be the biggest statement of progress in and of itself," said Davis.

George Clooney was named best actor for his role in "The Descendants."

Other winners included "Bridesmaids" as best comedy movie, "Drive" as best action movie, "Rango" as best animated feature, "Midnight in Paris" as best original screenplay, "Moneyball" as best adapted screenplay, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" for best editing and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" for best makeup and best sound.

Check out the full list of winners for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.