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Four Different Winners at Four Different Critics Group Awards

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire December 21, 2012 at 10:23AM

Four groups, four winners: "Argo," "Lincoln," "Safety Not Guaranteed," and "Zero Dark Thirty"
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"Lincoln."
"Lincoln."

Getting us up to date with all the regional critics group awards, we've got four more organizations' picks to share: the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics, the Indiana Film Journalists Association, the St. Louis Film Critics Association, and the Utah Film Critics Association. And we've got four different Best Film winners as well: "Lincoln," "Safety Not Guaranteed," "Argo," and "Zero Dark Thirty," respectively.

I know what you're thinking: "'Safety Not Guaranteed?' Really?" And I know you're thinking it because I'm thinking it, but I like where these Indiana critics' heads are at. Not because I agree with them (I definitely don't agree with them) but because at least we've got some variety here. Even if I love "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Master" myself, it gets a little boring talking about the same three films over and over. It's fun to bring some new movies into the discussion. When you reach a consensus, there's nothing left to talk about. It's better to keep the conversation going.

Utah critics had some nice, atypical choices as well. Their Best Documentary is not one of the awards front-runners like "How to Survive a Plague" or "The Central Park Five" (which are both great) but "Indie Game: the Movie" a doc about independent video game creators with much smaller stakes and a huge emotional punch. For the Best Non-English Language Feature, they passed over "Amour," "This is Not a Film," and my favorite film of the year "Holy Motors" to award "Headhunters," a crazy Norwegian thriller about an art thief. Would I put it in the same league as those other three foreign films? Not even close. But it's a entirely entertaining movie and it's worth watching. If a few people check it out on the Utah critics' say-so, then they've done their job.

Here's the full list of winners from Dallas-Fort Worth:

Best Film: "Lincoln"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, "Lincoln"
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"
Best Documentary: "Searching For Sugar Man"
Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"
Russel Smith Award For Best Low-Budget Film: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

From Indiana:

Best Film: "Safety Not Guaranteed"
Best Animated Feature: "Rise of the Guardians"
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Raid: Redemption"
Best Documentary: "Searching For Sugar Man"
Best Original Screenplay: Derek Connolly, "Safety Not Guaranteed"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook" and Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Best Musical Score: Thomas Newman, "Skyfall"
Original Vision Award: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

From St. Louis:

Best Film: "Argo"
Best Director: Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Walsh, "Django Unchained"
Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, "Compliance" and Helen Hunt, "The Sessions" (tie)
Best Original Screenplay: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Adapted Screenplay: "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" (tie)
Best Cinematography: "Skyfall"
Best Visual Effects: "Life of Pi"
Best Music: "Django Unchained" and "Moonrise Kingdom" (tie)
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Intouchables"
Best Documentary: "Searching for Sugar Man"
Best Comedy: "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Ted" (tie)
Best Animated Film: "Wreck-It Ralph"
Best Art-House or Festival Film: "Compliance" and "Safety Not Guaranteed"

St. Louis also gave out four Special Merit awards for great scenes or moments as well: "Django Unchained," "Hitchcock," "The Impossible," and "The Master." Finally, Utah critics:

Best Picture: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Director: Wes Anderson, "Moonrise Kingdom"
Best Lead Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Best Lead Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Supporting Actor: Dwight Henry, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, "Looper"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, "Skyfall"
Best Documentary Feature: "Indie Game: The Movie"
Best Non-English Language Feature: "Headhunters"
Best Animated Feature: "ParaNorman"

Below, you'll find all the regional critics groups awards we've covered so far in 2012. If you total it all up, you'll see 8 groups for "Zero Dark Thirty," 4 for "Argo," 3 for "The Master," and 1 each for "Amour," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," and "Safety Not Guaranteed." No consensus yet. Let's keep the conversation going.

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")

This article is related to: Awards, 2012 Critics Polls


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