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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and Vancouver Film Critics Both Hail 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire January 9, 2013 at 2:57PM

Two more batches of critics group awards to report: the winners from The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. And, it seems, Terminal City writers and women critics from all over agree: the best film of the year is "Zero Dark Thirty." Likewise, they both agree that its director, Kathryn Bigelow, is the Best Director of 2012. The groups were also in sync on Best Screenplay (Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty" - the AWFJ also gave a Best Adapted Screenplay to Chris Terrio for "Argo"), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"), and Best Documentary ("Searching For Sugar Man").
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Two more batches of critics group awards to report: the winners from The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. And, it seems, Terminal City writers and women critics from all over agree: the best film of the year is "Zero Dark Thirty." Likewise, they both agree that its director, Kathryn Bigelow, is the Best Director of 2012. The groups were also in sync on Best Screenplay (Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty" - the AWFJ also gave a Best Adapted Screenplay to Chris Terrio for "Argo"), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"), and Best Documentary ("Searching For Sugar Man").

Each group gave out a special batch of awards specific to their area of expertise: the AWFJ honored a Best Woman Director (Bigelow again for "Zero Dark Thirty") and a Best Woman Screenwriter (Lucy Alibar, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"), and my personal favorite: the Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star. Even though they gave the prize to Jennifer Lawrence for "The Hunger Games" instead of the correct choice -- Gina Carano in "Haywire" -- that's still an awesome category. Meanwhile the VFCC had a whole section of their awards devoted to Canadian films and filmmakers: "War Witch" was declared Best Canadian Picture while the delightfully surreal "Beyond the Black Rainbow" won Best Canadian Director (Panos Cosmatos), Best Actor (Michael Rogers) and Best British Columbia Film.

Here's the full list of AWFJ winners:

Best Film: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"
Best Documentary: "Searching For Sugar Man"
Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Best Ensemble Cast: "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Editing: William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"
Best Film Music or Score: Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Non-English-Language Film: "Amour"
Best Woman Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Woman Screenwriter: Lucy Alibar (and Benh Zeitlin), "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star: Jennifer Lawrence, "The Hunger Games"
Best Animated Female: Merida (Kelly Macdonald), "Brave"
Best Breakthrough Performance: Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Actress Defying Age and Ageism: Judi Dench, "Skyfall"

And from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle:

Best Film: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, "The Master"
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Screenplay: Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Holy Motors"
Best Documentary: "Searching For Sugar Man"
Best Canadian Film: "War Witch"
Best Actor in a Canadian Film: Michael Rogers, "Beyond the Black Rainbow"
Best Actress in a Canadian Film: Rachel Mwanza, "War Witch"
Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film: Serge Kayinda, "War Witch"
Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film: Sarah Gadon, "Cosmopolis"
Best Director of a Canadian Film: Panos Cosmatos, "Beyond the Black Rainbow"
Best Canadian Documentary: "The World Before Her"
Best British Columbia Film: "Beyond the Black Rainbow"

Oh and by the way: Oscar nominations tomorrow.

Other 2012 Critics Awards (Best Film Pick in Parenthesis)
-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")
-Chicago Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Detroit Film Critics Society ("Silver Linings Playbook")
-Kansas City Film Critics Circle ("The Master")
-San Francisco Film Critics Circle ("The Master")
-Southeastern Film Critics Association ("Argo")
-Austin Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Florida Film Critics Circle ("Argo")
-African-American Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Black Film Critics Circle ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-National Society of Film Critics ("Amour")
-Online Film Critics Society ("Argo")

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


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