The Artist grabbed its first wins of Hollywood's awards season at the Critics' Choice Awards, presented by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
The black and white film won the top prize of best picture at the Thursday night affair, as well as honors for best score, costume design and director.
The Help, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel about black maids speaking out about white employers during the civil-rights movement, won three honors.
Viola Davis won best actress for The Help, while Octavia Spencer won best supporting actress and the film's cast won best acting ensemble. Impressive.
Others who accepted top trophies were George Clooney as best actor for The Descendants, Christopher Plummer as best supporting actor for Beginners and Thomas Horn as the best young actor for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Additional Critics' Choice winners included:
- Bridesmaids as best comedy movie
- Drive as best action movie
- Rango as best animated feature
- Midnight in Paris as best original screenplay
- Moneyball as best adapted screenplay
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for best editing
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for best makeup and sound