Department of Awards: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Best Film of 2012?

zerodarkthirty1This afternoon, the New York Film Critics Online (an august group that I am glad to be a member of) announced their awards for films released in 2012. Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, led a fairly scattered pack, with three awards. Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln and debut filmmaker Benh Zeitlin’s magic-realist Beasts of the Southern Wild were tied at two awards each.

Herewith the full list:

  • PictureZero Dark Thirty
  • Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Actress - Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Director - Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Supporting Actor - Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
  • Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Breakthrough Performer - Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Debut Director - Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Ensemble CastArgo
  • Screenplay - Zero Dark Thirty
  • DocumentaryThe Central Park Five
  • Foreign LanguageAmour
  • AnimatedChico and Rita
  • CinematographyLife of Pi
  • Film Music or ScoreDjango Unchained

This gives Bigelow’s war film an early lead in the oddsmaking for Oscar contention (and for good reason, despite whatever idiot musings come from Bret Easton Ellis these days), as the NYFCO joins other critics groups like New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review, and the Boston Film Critics Society in naming it film of the year. Of course, that still leaves plenty of time and other awards to allow early favorites like Les Miserables and Argo to make up some room.

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