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New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Dominates - Best Picture, Director, Cinematography UPDATE

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 3, 2012 at 3:12PM

Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" dominates the New York Film Critics Circle 2012 awards with Best Director, Best Picture and Best Cinematographer.
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Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty."

Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" dominated the New York Film Critics Circle 2012 awards with wins for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Cinematographer. This pushes the film into serious Oscar contention, and will take the wind out of early frontrunner "Argo"'s sails.

Consensus title "Lincoln" continues to lead the Oscar pack as the film took NYFCC Best Actor, Supporting Actress and Screenplay. Tim Burton's artful "Frankenweenie," while not a box office hit, will continue to lead the animation Oscar race. The film critics catapulted Rachel Weisz into the weak best actress race; little-seen "The Deep Blue Sea" will now rise to the top of awards voter screener piles. Matthew McConaughey is also now a serious supporting actor contender for his bravura performance in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," in all likelihood, among all the films he scored in this year.

Other Oscar contenders that could have used some help received none, including "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Master," "Life of Pi," "The Sessions" and "Silver Linings Playbook."

This seems to be the first time one director has won best film for two consecutive movies (Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" also won). Prolific Fred Zinnemann won for both "High Noon" and "From Here to Eternity," but he made "Member of the Wedding" in between. David Lean might have achieved it with "Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Lawrence of Arabia," but there was no vote in 1962 because of a newspaper strike, and "To Kill a Mockingbird" might have won in any case.
 
Winners listed below.
 

Best Picture

"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Screenplay

Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"

Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

Best Actress

Rachel Weisz, "The Deep Blue Sea"

Best Foreign Film

"Amour," Michael Haneke

Best Animated Film

"Frankenweenie," Tim Burton

Best Supporting Actor

Matthew McConaughey, "Bernie" & "Magic Mike"

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Field, "Lincoln"

Best Cinematographer

Greig Fraser, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary)

Ken Burns/Sarah Burns/David McMahon, "The Central Park Five"

Best First Film

David France, "How to Survive a Plague"

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Zero Dark Thirty, The Central Park Five, How to Survive a Plague


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.