"I love the critics, who knew?" the "Silver Linings Playbook" star joked as she accepted her Best Actress in a Comedy prize from the group gathered at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica for the festivities. She also won for Best Actress in an Action Movie, for her work in "The Hunger Games," but lost out to a giddy Jessica Chastain for Best Actress. Chastain scored for her performance as a determined CIA agent in "Zero Dark Thirty."
"I've never actually spoken at one of these [awards shows] before," Chastain gasped, clutching her massive crystal CCMA award close to her stunning Prada red gown.
In fact, there were gorgeous gowns on nominees everywhere at the show, which aired live on the CW network: Naomi Watts wore a sexy modern black Emilio Pucci dress, while a very blonde Emily Blunt went retro in a white silk Miu Miu number. Amy Adams chose a two-tone Vionnet gown with a thigh-high split, and Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway wowed in a skintight metallic Oscar de la Renta number.
"Winning this is a bit bittersweet," Hathaway said with a chortle, "because you spelled my name wrong on the trophy!"
The BFCA left off the "e" in Anne, but the group's founder and president, Joey Berlin, assured her that they'd fix that quick.
The org did spell Ben Affleck's name correctly twice, as he triumphed with both Best Director, and, along with his producing partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov, with Best Picture, for "Argo." Affleck had been snubbed earlier that day by the Academy, who nominated his film for the best picture Oscar, but not for his work as best director.
"I'd like to thank the Academy!" he said wryly, then got serious and thanked his wife and kids for real.
Other winners on hand included Daniel Day-Lewis, Bradley Cooper, Chris Tucker and Robert De Niro, along with nominees including Steven Spielberg, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Matthew McConaughey, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Helen Hunt, Marion Cotillard and a host of other familiar faces.
"This Is 40" director Judd Apatow took home a special "Critics' Choice Louis XIII Genius Award," then made his way afterward to an exclusive VIP post-party where that Louis XIII Remy Martin Cognac was flowing freely -- out of the $2000 per bottle flagons of the stuff displayed around the room!
Meanwhile, downstairs at the after party nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis celebrated her CCMA win as Best Young Actress, as well as the Oscar nomination for her "Beasts of the Southern Wild" performance that she received earlier that morning, by dancing the night away. "Marvel's The Avengers" director Joss Whedon cut a rug until the wee hours, too, apparently not too depressed over losing out to "Skyfall" as Best Action Movie.
"This is the only awards show I'm doing this year," Whedon said stoically, for despite the fact that his movie is by far the top-grossing film of 2012, he's not getting a lot of respect during this year's award season. But when your movie brings in well over a billion dollars in worldwide box office, why not dance?
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