13 January 2012
Last updated at 13:41
Silent film The Artist was the biggest winner at this year's Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, winning four prizes for best picture, best score, best costume design and best director for France's Michel Hazanavicius (second left).
Best actress nominees Tilda Swinton, Charlize Theron and Michelle Williams were among the stars who attended Thursday's ceremony at The Hollywood Palladium.
However the trio lost out to Viola Davis for her performance in civil rights drama The Help, while George Clooney picked up the best actor award for The Descendants.
The Help's cast, including Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Allison Janney and Jessica Chastain, were also named best acting ensemble.
Spencer won best supporting actress for her role in The Help, and Christopher Plummer took the best supporting actor prize for his role as a man who comes out in his twilight years, in Beginners.
Fourteen-year-old Thomas Horn won the best young actor award for his debut performance in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.
Best actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio presented Martin Scorsese with a special award for his use of music in films.
While Sean Penn accepted the Joel Siegel humanitarian award via satellite in Haiti, for his work in the country following the 2010 earthquake.