Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ earns awards season boost with NY Film Critics win

By Daniel S Levine,

Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty just got a significant boost for this awards season, earning the top prize from the New York Film Critics Circle. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was also a big winner, capturing two acting prizes.

Zero Dark Thirty, which stars Jessica Chastain and tells the story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, won the Best Picture award and Best Director. Cinematographer Greig Fraser, who also worked on Killing Them Softly and Snow White and the Huntsman this year, was also honored, notes CBS News.

Lincoln’s star Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor, while his co-star, Sally Field, earned Best Supporting Actress. Day-Lewis is a favorite to win the Oscar this year, which would be his record third win. Tony Kushner’s script also won Best Screenplay.

Best Actress went to Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea. Matthew McConaughey won Best Supporting Actor for Bernie and Magic Mike.

Michael Haneke’s Amour won Best Foreign Film, while Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie earned Best Animated Feature. David France’s debut feature documentary How to Survive a Plague won Best First Feature, the first time a documentary has won the category.

The Central Park Five won Best Documentary.

The Los Angeles Times notes that the Critics Circle includes just 35 critics from New York, who did not recognize many of the other critical favorites from 2012. Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, The Master and Argo didn’t win any awards.

LA Film Critics will hand out their awards on Dec. 9 and the AFI will announce its Top 10 of 2012 next Monday.

Three of the past five NYFCC Best Picture winners have won the Academy’s Best Picture Oscar. Last year’s The Artist won both awards, as did Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker and No Country For Old Men.



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