Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NY Film Critics Name "Zero Dark Thirty" Best Picture of 2012

If I'm not mistaken, the New York Film Critics Circle did manage to be the first film critics' organization to announce its awards for this year.  They were not last year.

They've named Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow's movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the "Best Picture" of 2012.  Bigelow, who also won the best director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, won the Circle's "Best Director" prize for Zero Dark Thirty.  Steven Spielberg's Lincoln was also a big winner, snagging three prizes, including acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field.

Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is, according to their website, “an organization of film reviewers from New York-based publications that exists to honor excellence in U.S. and world cinema.” Members are critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, and online general-interest publications (that meet certain qualifications). Every year in December, Circle members meet in New York to vote on awards for the year's films.

Here's the complete list of the 2012 winners:

Best Picture - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director - Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty

Best Screenplay - Tony Kushner for Lincoln

Best Actress - Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress - Sally Field for Lincoln

Best Supporting Actor - Matthew McConaughey for 2 films: Bernie, Magic Mike

Best Cinematographer - Greig Fraser for Zero Dark Thirty

Best Animated Film – Frankenweenie

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary) - The Central Park Five

Best Foreign Film – Amour

Best First Film - David France for How to Survive a Plague

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