Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Actors and the critics who talk about them gathered for their 17th annual prize night

The Broadcast Film Critics choose Viola Davis as their Best Actress pick (I still have the image of Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock locking lips when they tied for that award two years ago). George Clooney snapped up Best Actor, and The Artist swept up Best Director and Best Picture at this, the second award show of the season. This kudu fest is held at the Hollywood Palladium, and—sorry, I’m still thinking of smooching—I also recall Brad and Angelina making out in the back of the auditorium back when it was held at the Santa Monica Civic Center. This year Brad attended solo, still sporting a cane. The hosts were not extraordinary (comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel) but things perked up when Oswald Patton took to the stage and pulled out a flask after losing out to The Help for Best Ensemble. “Scotch! Chase away the pain,” he ranted. Fitz and the Tantrums was the house band (lovely) and the evening got lovelier still when Bob Dylan performed in honor of Martin Scorsese, who got a special award, The Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award. Next batter up? The Golden Globes this Sunday.