George Clooney, 'The Help' Win at the 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

Actor George Clooney, winner of the Best Actor Award for "The Descendants" (L) and actress Viola Davis, winner of the Best Actress Award for "The Help" pose in the press room during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics » George Clooney (Getty Images) The 2012 awards season is officially in full swing. Just a day after the People's Choice Awards and two days before the Golden Globes, the Critics Choice Awards doled out trophies to the very best in movies.

George Clooney took home the award for Best Actor for this work in Alexander Payne's The Descendants, while Viola Davis nabbed the award for Best Actress. But that wasn't The Help's only prize of the evening. The film, which was based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett, also took home the awards for Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Best Acting Ensemble.

In what could be a sign of things to come at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, The Artist, a black and white ode to silent films, took home the Critics Choice Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. In the writing categories, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris won the award for Best Original Screenplay, which the writing team behind Brad Pitt's Moneyball won for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Critics Choice Awards were hosted by Human Giant comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel. In addition to winning the top acting prize, George Clooney also presented the fifth annual Joel Siegel award to actor and humanitarian Sean Penn. You can check out the full list of winners below.


Best Picture

*The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse


Best Actor

*George Clooney - The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Michael Fassbender - Shame
Ryan Gosling - Drive

Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Best Actress

*Viola Davis - The Help

Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Charlize Theron - Young Adult

Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor


Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks - Drive

Nick Nolte - Warrior
Patton Oswalt - Young Adult
*Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Andrew Serkis - Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Supporting Actress


Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help

Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

Carey Mulligan - Shame
*Octavia Spencer - The Help

Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

Best Young Actor/Actress

Asa Butterfield - Hugo
Elle Fanning - Super 8
*Thomas Horn - Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Ezra Miller - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Saoirse Ronan - Hanna
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

Best Acting Ensemble

The Artist

Bridesmaids

The Descendants

*The Help
The Ides of March


Best Director


Stephen Daldry - Extreme Loud & Incredibly Close
*Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive

Martin Scorsese - Hugo

Steven Spielberg - War Horse

Best Original Screenplay

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

50/50 - Will Reiser

*Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen

Win Win - screenplay by Tom McCarthy, story by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni

Young Adult - Diablo Cody

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants - Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Eric Roth

The Help - Tate Taylor

Hugo - John Logan

*Moneyball - Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, story by Stan Chervin

Best Animated Feature


The Adventures of Tintin

Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots
*Rango


Best Comedy

*Bridesmaids

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Horrible Bosses

Midnight in Paris
he Muppets


Best Foreign Language Film

In Darkness

Le Havre

*A Separation

The Skin I Live In

Where Do We Go Now?


Best Documentary Feature
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams
*George Harrison: Living in the Material World
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  • George Clooney in 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Press Room
  • George Clooney in 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Press Room
  • George Clooney in 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Press Room
  • George Clooney in 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Press Room
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