Silent movie The Artist has been hotly-tipped for Oscars glory after winning two top trophies at the New York Film Critics Awards.
Officials at the New York Critics Circle, whose top picks are considered a good indicator for the Academy Awards, honoured the black-and-white drama with Best Picture, while Michel Hazanavicius was named Best Director.
Brad Pitt claimed the title of Best Actor for his roles in Moneyball and The Tree of Life and while Meryl Streep took home Best Actress for her portrayal of Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, in The Iron Lady.
Supporting accolades were awarded to Albert Brooks for Drive and Jessica Chastain for The Tree of Life, Take Shelter and The Help.
Best Cinematography went to The Tree of Life's Emmanual Lubezki, while sports movie Moneyball earned writers Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian the Best Screenplay honour.
Pitt's Moneyball co-star Jonah Hill took to Twitter.com to congratulate the movie hunk and the film's writers, posting, "Congrats Brad Pitt & Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian who won the New York Film Critics Awards for Best Actor & Best Screenplay for Moneyball".
Voting for the New York Film Critics Awards was delayed by a day to allow officials to view David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - but the highly-anticipated movie failed to sway voters.
The Artist is winning high praise across the board - it also picked up five nominations when the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards shortlist were announced on Tuesday (29Nov11).
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