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‘The Artist’ Wins Critic’s Choice

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The Artist

The (mostly) silent film The Artist made a bang when it grabbed four Critic's Choice Awards on Thursday night—including best picture, director, costume design, and score—to be the big winner, fanning speculation that it could take the Oscars by storm. George Clooney got best actor for The Descendants and Viola Davis won best actress for The Help—that movie won three awards, including best supporting actress for Octavia Spencer and best acting ensemble.