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Film Critics in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York (Online) Pick Their Favorites of 2012

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire December 10, 2012 at 8:36AM

Los Angeles critics pick "Amour" while Boston and New York online critics love "Zero Dark Thirty."
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"Amour."
"Amour."

If you know a film critic, you probably didn't see much of him or her yesterday. Odds are they were holed up somewhere watching their last couple screeners, or already casting their votes for year-end awards. Three prominent critics groups -- the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and the New York Film Critics Online -- selected two favorite 2012 films between them on Sunday; L.A. went for Michael Haneke's "Amour" while Boston and New York (online) chose Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty." That means four out of the six critics polls we've covered on Criticwire so far this year have gone for "Zero Dark Thirty" (you can find links to the previous critics group winners lists at the bottom of this post).

There are people who are more skilled than I am at interpreting results like these and explaining what they do or don't mean for the Academy Awards. I'm more interested in making observations. Like noting which films or filmmakers found favor with all three critics groups -- like Emmanuelle Riva from "Amour" who picked up three Best Actress awards -- and which categories went to three different winners -- like Best Cinematography, which was split between "Skyfall," "Life of Pi," and "The Master." Like pointing out that a foreign language film won the Best Film from LAFCA, but didn't win that group's Best Foreign Language Film (which went to "Holy Motors"). Like observing that "The Master" won four awards from Los Angeles critics (Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Production Design) and just one award total from Boston and New York online critics (Cinematography, in Boston).

What does any of that mean? The hell if I know. I do know that I've got two more movies to watch before my ballot in the Village Voice's annual film poll is due, so I'm getting back to it. Here are the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2012 winners:

Best Film: "Amour"
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook" and Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour" (tie)
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, "The Master"
Best Supporting Actor: Dwight Henry, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, "Skyfall"
Best Documentary: "The Gatekeepers"

Best Animated Film: "Frankenweenie"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Holy Motors"
Best Editing: 
William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Music/Score: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Production Design: "David Crank and Jack Fisk, "The Master."

Next, Boston Society of Film Critics' favorites:
 
Best Film: "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
Best Actress: 
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actor: Ezra Miller, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Best Cinematography: 
Mihai Malaimare Jr., "The Master"  
Best Documentary: "How to Survive a Plague"
Best Animated Film: "Frankenweenie"
Best Foreign Film: "Amour"
Best Editing: 
William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best New Filmmaker: David France, "How to Survive a Plague"
Best Ensemble Cast: "Seven Psychopaths"
Best Use of Music in a Film: "Moonrise Kingdom"

And, last but not least, the winners from the New York Film Critics Online:

Best Film: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Screenplay: Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Actress: 
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Breakthrough Performer: Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"
Best Documentary: "The Central Park Five"
Best Animated Film: "Chico and Rita"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"

Best Music or Score: "Django Unchained"
Best Ensemble Cast: "Argo"

Other 2012 Critics Awards (Best Film Pick in Parenthesis)
-Sight & Sound ("The Master")
-New York Film Critics Circle ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Boston Online Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty") 

This article is related to: 2012 Critics Polls


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