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Argo, Ben Affleck among 2012's best by Southeastern Film Critics

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The Southeastern Film Critics Association has voted Ben Affleck’s period thriller Argo the best motion picture of 2012. The 21-year-old organization, whose 48 members—including this author and INDY Week contributor Craig D. Lindsey—represent electronic and print media outlets in nine Southern states, also named Affleck Best Director.

Argo was far and a way the most-mentioned film on our critics’ ballots,” SEFCA president Philip Martin said. “While there were other films that had more first place votes, Argo was consistently well-regarded by our membership and it ended up winning the poll by a comfortable margin.”

In a much closer race, actor-director Affleck was named Best Director over Kathryn Bigelow, whose Zero Dark Thirty edged out Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln for the second spot in the critics' poll.

Daniel Day-Lewis became the first three-time winner of the group’s Best Actor award for his performance as the title character in Lincoln (Day-Lewis previously won the award for his work in There Will Be Blood in 2007 and Gangs of New York in 2002). Jennifer Lawrence was named Best Actress for her turn in the dark comedy Silver Linings Playbook.

Director Ben Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild was the overwhelming choice for the group’s Gene Wyatt award, given annually to the film that “best evokes the spirit of the South." Richard Linklater’s Bernie finishing second.

2012 SEFCA AWARD RESULTS
TOP TEN
1. Argo
2. Zero Dark Thirty
3. Lincoln
4. Moonrise Kingdom
5. Silver Linings Playbook
6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
7. The Master
8. Les Misérables
9. Life of Pi
10. The Dark Knight Rises

BEST ACTOR
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Runner-up: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

BEST ACTRESS
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Runner-up: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Runner-up: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Runner-up: Sally Field, Lincoln

BEST ENSEMBLE
Winner: Lincoln
Runner-up: Moonrise Kingdom

BEST DIRECTOR
Winner: Ben Affleck, Argo
Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Winner: Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Runner-up: Zero Dark Thirty: Mark Boal

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Winner: Argo: Chris Terrio
Runner-up: Lincoln: Tony Kushner

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Winner: The Queen of Versailles
Runner-up: Bully

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Winner: The Intouchables
Runner-up: Amour

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Winner: ParaNorman
Runner-up: Frankenweenie

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Winner: Life of Pi: Claudio Miranda
Runner-up: Skyfall: Roger Deakins

GENE WYATT AWARD for FILM THAT BEST EVOKES THE SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH
Winner: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner-up: Bernie

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