Five More Critics Groups Announce Their Favorites: 'The Master,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' and 'Silver Linings Playbook'

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by Matt Singer
December 18, 2012 8:15 AM
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I looked away to focus on my own top ten list for one day and I missed a whole raft of regional critics group awards, including the winners of the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Detroit Film Critics Society, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and the Southeastern Film Critics Association. The most popular pick to date amongst other regional critics groups, Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," picked up one more trophy, from the critics of Chicago. "The Master," already chosen the best film of the year by the critics polled by Sight & Sound Magazine, won the top award from Kansas and San Francisco critics. Southeastern film journalists sided with their colleagues in San Diego and went with "Argo," while Motor City critics struck out on their own, picking "Silver Linings Playbook" as the best of 2012. 

"Silver Linings" was a big hit in Detroit; the film won five of the group's ten awards, including Best Director and Screenplay (David O. Russell), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), and Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro). Lawrence was a popular choice all over the country, picking up additional Best Actress accolades in Kansas City and the Southeast. Even more popular: Honest Abe himself, Daniel Day-Lewis, who won Best Actor from all but one of these organizations (Joaquin Phoenix topped him in San Francisco). I'm not a betting man -- and it's not like betting is even legal in the United States anyway -- but if I was (and it was) I might consider putting a substantial one on DDL to take the top prize on Oscar night. Blog posts aren't admissible in court, right?

Here's the full list of the winners out of Chicago:

Best Film: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, "The Master"
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

Best Cinematography: Mihai Malaimare Jr., "The Master"

Best Editing: William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Documentary: "The Invisible War"
Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"

Best Score: Jonny Greenwood, "The Master"
Best Art Direction: "Moonrise Kingdom"
Most Promising Performer: Quevenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Most Promising Filmmaker: Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

From Detroit:

Best Film: "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Director: David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Screenplay: David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Documentary: "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"
Best Ensemble: "Lincoln"
Breakthrough: Zoe Kazan, "Ruby Sparks"

From Kansas City:

Best Film: "The Master"
Best Director: Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

Best Documentary: "The Imposter"
Best Animated Film: "Frankenweenie"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"

Vince Koehler Award For Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror Film: "The Cabin in the Woods"

From San Francisco:
 

Best Film: "The Master"
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Best Supporting Actress: Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"

Best Editing: William Goldenberg, "Argo"
Best Documentary: "The Waiting Room"
Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"

Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen, "Moonrise Kingdom"
Marlon Riggs Award For Courage & Vision: Peter Nicks, "The Waiting Room"
Special Citation For Under-Appreciated Independent Cinema: "Girl Walk // All Day"

Last but not least, the winners from the Southeastern Film Critics Association:

Best Film: "Argo"
Best Director: Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, "Moonrise Kingdom"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"

Best Documentary: "The Queen of Versailles"
Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Intouchables"

Best Ensemble: "Lincoln"
The Gene Wyatt Award: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Find lots more about all these fine organizations, their members, and their favorites of 2012 at their respective websites. You'll find all the previous 2012 critics awards we've covered below.

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")
-Los Angeles Film Critics Association ("Amour")
-Boston Society of Film Critics ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-New York Film Critics Online ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Las Vegas Film Critics Society ("Life of Pi")
-San Diego Film Critics Society ("Argo")
-Toronto Film Critics Association ("The Master")

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