Yet again, Paramount Pictures’ “Rango” has won an award from movie critics.
Rango was named best animated feature on Thursday night at the 17th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
“Thanks for this tonight, it’s a tremendous honor,” director Gore Verbinski said in accepting the award.
It defeated other nominees The Adventures of Tintin, Arthur Christmas, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots.
The award for best song went to “Life’s a Happy Song” from the partly animated The Muppets, written by Bret McKenzie and the Muppets. It was performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter.
Two other tunes from The Muppets had been nominated for best song: “Man or Muppet,” written by McKenzie and performed by Segel and Walter; and “Pictures in My Head,” written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman and performed by Kermit and the Muppets. Also nominated was “Hello Hello,” written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and performed by John and Lady Gaga in Gnomeo & Juliet.
The big winner of the evening was the silent, black and white The Artist. Michael Hazanavicius’ film was named best picture. It also won for best score, costume design and director.
The Help won three awards for acting: Viola Davis as best actress, Octavia Spencer as best supporting actress and the film’s cast as best acting ensemble.
George Clooney was named best actor for The Descendants, while Christopher Plummer was declared best supporting actor for his role in Beginners. Thomas Horn won for best young actor for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Thursday’s awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Palladium.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association is made up of over 250 TV, radio and online critics.