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D.C. Critics Love 'Zero Dark Thirty' Too

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire December 11, 2012 at 9:01AM

D.C. Critics Love 'Zero Dark Thirty' Too
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"Zero Dark Thirty."
"Zero Dark Thirty."

Amidst serious accusations from The Guardian that it "glorifies" torture (leveled, it's worth noting, by someone who has not yet seen the film), the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced yesterday that it was joining critics in New York and Boston (and New York and Boston online) in naming Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" the best film of 2012, over a field of nominees including "Argo," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook."

WAFCA also joined several previous critics groups in honoring Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") and Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty") as the Best Actor and Actress of the year. Their screenplay awards were a bit more atypical though -- choosing David O. Russell's script for "Silver Linings Playbook" as their Best Adapted, and Rian Johnson's from "Looper" as their Best Original, a bold and worthwhile recipient. They're also the first critics group this season to give out an award for Best Art Direction, which they bestowed upon the much debated (and highly deserving) "Cloud Atlas."

Nearly fifty film critics from the D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area voted in the WAFCA awards. Here's the full list of winners:

Best Film: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, "Looper"

Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actress: 
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

Best Youth Performance: Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"
Best Documentary: "Bully"
Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"

Best Score: Jonny Greenwood, "The Master"
Best Acting Ensemble: "Les Miserables"
Best Art Direction: "Cloud Atlas"

If you want to see the full list of nominees for each award, go to WAFCA.com.

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")

 

This article is related to: 2012 Critics Polls, Awards, Zero Dark Thirty


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