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Houston critics fete ‘Argo’

'Lincoln' takes acting prizes

Houston film critics have a message for Ben Affleck: “Argo” take a bow.

The actor-director and his fact-based drama were among the top honorees Saturday as the Houston Film Critics Society announced winners of the organization’s awards for excellence in 2012 cinema.

In addition to selecting “Argo” as best film and Affleck as best director, HFCS voted three prizes for “Lincoln,” recognizing actor Daniel Day-Lewis, supporting actor Tommy Lee Jones and screenwriter Tony Kushner.

Jennifer Lawrence drew the actress nod for “Silver Linings Playbook,” and Anne Hathaway took the supporting-actress prize for “Les Miserables.”

Lenser Roger Deakins picked up the cinematography award for “Skyfall,” while “That’s My Boy” was singled out as worst film of 2012.

“Bernie,” Richard Linklater’s darkly comical account of crime and punishment deep in the heart of Texas, received the HFCS award for Texas Independent Film.

Other HFCS award winners were “Holy Motors” (foreign film); “Wreck-It Ralph” (animated film); “The Imposter” (documentary); Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil and Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas” (score); and Adele and Paul Epworth, “Skyfall” (song).

The org also announced a special technical achievement award for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” and a humanitarian award for the late Adam Yauch. Another posthumous honor, for outstanding contribution to cinema, went to Jeff Millar, longtime film critic for the Houston Chronicle, who died in November.

Winners were announced Saturday during the annual HFCS awards show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Another highlight of the program was a film-clip montage screened in tribute to Robert Duvall, who was voted a special lifetime achievement award by HFCS members. Duvall, who was not on hand to accept the award, turned 82 on Saturday.

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