Washington Critics Embrace ‘The Artist,’ ‘Hugo’

Movies about the movies take the top awards; George Clooney and Michelle Williams win acting prizes

Two movies about the early days of movies have landed at the top of another list of awards, with "The Artist" being named Best Film and "Hugo" director Martin Scorsese winning Best Director honors from the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association.

The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius' black-and-white silent film "The Artist" won two awards, Best Film and Best Score (Ludovic Bource), while "Hugo" production designer Dante Ferretti and set decorator Francesca Lo Schiavo were also honored for their work on that 3D film.   

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George Clooney and Michelle Williams won top acting awards for "The Descendants" and "My Week With Marilyn," respectively, while Albert Brooks ("Drive") and Octavia Spencer ("The Help") won for their supporting roles.

Other winners included "Bridesmaids" (Best Acting Ensemble), "Rango" (Best Animated Feature), "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" (Best Documentary) and "The Skin I Live In" (Best Foreign Language Film).

The full list of nominees can be found at the WAFCA website.

The winners:

Best Film: "The Artist"
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"
Best Actor: George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Best Actress: Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, "Drive"
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Best Acting Ensemble: "Bridesmaids"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, "The Descendants"
Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser, "50/50"
Best Animated Feature: "Rango"
Best Documentary: "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Skin I Live In"
Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti, Production Designer, and Francesca Lo Schiavo, Set Decorator, "Hugo"
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "The Tree of Life"
Best Score: Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"