‘The Artist,’ ‘The Help’ big Critics’ Choice winners

Silent film ‘The Artist’ was the top winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday, boosting its profile as the Hollywood season heats up ahead of the Oscars. The comedy, shot in black and white, picked up four awards, including best picture and best director for Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius, who called it ‘a love letter to American cinema.’

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