Silent film "The Artist" took home four awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, Best Costumes, and -- in news that will make Kim Novak pretty upset -- Best Score.
Next in line was "The Help," which won honors for Viola Davis (Best Actress), Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress) and Best Ensemble.
"The two most important days in a person's life are the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born," Davis said during her acceptance speech. "I considered it my honor to pay homage to these women at this time period who were not allowed to dream and not allowed to find their purpose but thank God, praise God they gave birth to me and my mother."
Other acting winners included George Clooney ("The Descendants") and Christopher Plummer ("Beginners"). While you might scoff at the notion of critics having power over anything relating to movies and awards season -- after all, all the critics heaped deserved praise onto "The Social Network" over "The King's Speech" this time last year and look how that turned out -- there is some history. The Critics Choice Awards have gone four-for-four in the acting categories during the last two years, meaning Clooney, Davis (over Meryl Streep), Spencer and Plummer should keep practicing those speeches.
Check out the full list of Critics Choice Award winners below.
Best Picture: "The Artist" Best Comedy: "Bridesmaids" Best Animated Feature: "Rango" Best Action Movie: "Drive" Best Documentary: "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist" Best Actress: Viola Davis, "The Help" Best Actor: George Clooney, "The Descendants" Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help" Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners" Best Ensemble: "The Help" Best Young Actor: Thomas Horn, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, "Moneyball" Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris" Best Foreign Language Film: "A Separation" Best Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski, "War Horse" Best Art Direction: "Hugo" Best Editing: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Best Costume: "The Artist" Best Score: "The Artist" Best Song: "The Muppets," "Life's a Happy Song" Best Visual Effects: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Best Make-Up: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" Best Sound: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"