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“The Artist” Still Reigns For Critics Groups

Now that nearly all of the critics groups have weighed in, a look at the numbers — thanks to Variety’s Jon Weisman for keeping close tabs on them all — shows that “The Artist” continues to lead the pack. In advance of Oscar nom polls closing Friday and Sunday’s Golden Globe ceremony, here’s how it’s all shaking down. First some flavor for the week, then a list of the leaders…

Payday: “The Artist”

Starburst: Michael Fassbender, “A Separation” Michael-Fassbender-in-Shame-Review

Bit o’ Honey: Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Olsen

Whatchamacalit: Best director category

Twix: Steven Zaillian, Jessica Chastain

Snickers: Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig

Hershey’s Special Dark: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

Leaders By Awards Volume

Picture:  “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “The Tree of Life”

Lead actor: George Clooney, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon, Jean Dujardin

Lead actress: Tilda Swinton, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep

Supporting actor: Christopher Plummer, Albert Brooks  Beginners-photo-christopher-plummer2

Supporting actress: Jessica Chastain, Shailene Woodley, Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy,  Janet McTeer

Director:  Terrence Malick, Michel Hazanavicius, Nicholas Winding Refn, Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne

Adapted screenplay: “Descendants”: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash; “Moneyball”: Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin

Original screenplay: “Midnight in Paris”: Woody Allen; “The Artist”: Michel Hazanavicius; “50/50”: Will Reiser, “Win Win”: Tom McCarthy, Jim Taboni

Animated feature:  “Rango,” “The Adventures of Tintin,”  “Arthur Christmas”

Documentary:  “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” “Project Nim” “Tabloid”

Foreign-language film:  “A Separation,” “The Skin I Live In”

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