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

by Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
December 3, 2012 3:12 PM
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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"


  • justin | December 3, 2012 2:31 PMReply

    i thoroughly enjoyed DDL's performance in linoln, but thought overall the movie had a very heavy handed directorial vibe. but even as much as i enjoy DDL's performance, joaquin phoenix in the master was something of a revelation. i do hope he gets some love this awards season.

  • Genadijus | December 3, 2012 2:28 PMReply

    So lucky that "Silver Linings Playbook" has been ignored by NYFCC. This is just B/B- movie.

  • David Lean Fan | December 3, 2012 2:07 PMReply

    NYFCC, thank you for injecting some needed excitement into the awards season. I am sick of Oscar prognosticators dominating the race and manipulating public consciousness like a puppet master. Finally, critics with the audacity to celebrate their individuality and vote for what they believe in, not what they are supposed to believe in. I hope this is not a flux, I fervently hope this trend continues through awards season. Thank you!!!

  • Tom Brueggemann | December 3, 2012 4:57 PM

    Courtney, not sure if I am violating protocol here (it's not my blog post), but I am most enthusiastic about ZD30's wins, Weisz is a real pleasant surprise (though others were quite worthy) and the recognition for McConaughey, but there isn't a ringer in the bunch.

  • Courtney White | December 3, 2012 3:59 PM

    Tom, wondering which of your top choices won awards? Which is the biggest surprise for you?

  • Tom Brueggemann | December 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    I totally agree - not all of these were my top choices (although several were), but they seem to have been made with discernment, care and a disregard for doing what they were "supposed" to.

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