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San Diego Film Critics pick "Argo" as Best Film of 2012

“Argo” has been voted Best Film of 2012 by the San Diego Film Critics Society. SDGLN Critic Jean Lowerison is a member of the group.

The film dramatizes the events surrounding the rescue of American civil service staff following the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Iran.

Ben Affleck, who also stars in the film, won the society’s Best Director award, while Chris Terrio won Best Adapted Screenplay and William Goldenberg won Best Editing for their efforts on the film as well.

Michelle Williams, playing a married woman falling for another man, won the society’s award for Best Actress. Daniel Day-Lewis took home Best Actor for “Lincoln.” Christoph Waltz, playing a bounty hunter in “Django Unchained,” won Best Supporting Actor, while Emma Watson was voted Best Supporting Actress for her work in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a film that also was awarded Best Ensemble Performance.

The society’s critics, comprising print, television, radio, podcast and web critics working in San Diego County, also gave two awards to “The Master.” Paul Thomas Anderson earned Best Original Screenplay honors, while Jonny Greenwood won Best Score.

“The Kid with a Bike” was chosen as Best Foreign Language Film. “Paranorman” won Best Animated Film and Kirby Dick’s “The Invisible War” was voted Best Documentary. Best Cinematography went to Claudio Miranda for his work on “The Life of Pi,” while Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch won Best Production Design for “Cloud Atlas.”

Greig Fraser, was honored for his 2012 Body of Work, as cinematographer for “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Killing Them Softly.”

The critics chose recently retired film critic Dan Bennett to receive the annual Kyle Counts Award. The award, named after the late San Diego film critic, honors those who have made contributions to film in the city. Bennett is the former film critic for the North County Times, a founding member of the San Diego Film Critics Society, and is the Festival Director for the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival.

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LIST OF WINNERS

BEST FILM – “ARGO”

BEST DIRECTOR – Ben Affleck (“ARGO”)

BEST ACTRESS – Michelle Williams (“TAKE THIS WALTZ”)

BEST ACTOR – Daniel Day-Lewis (“LINCOLN”)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Emma Watson (“THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER”)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christoph Waltz (“DJANGO UNCHAINED”)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Paul Thomas Anderson (“THE MASTER”)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Chris Terrio (“ARGO”)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – “THE KID WITH A BIKE”

BEST DOCUMENTARY – “THE INVISIBLE WAR”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Claudio Miranda, “LIFE OF PI”

BEST ANIMATED FILM – “PARANORMAN”

BEST EDITING – William Goldenberg (“ARGO”)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch, “CLOUD ATLAS”

BEST SCORE – Jonny Greenwood (“THE MASTER”)

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE–“THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER”

BODY OF WORK FOR 2012 – Greig Fraser (cinematographer: “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Killing Them Softly”, “Snow White and the Huntsman”)

KYLE COUNTS AWARD – Dan Bennett, Member Emeritus SDFCS, North County Times Film Critic, International Children’s Film Festival