By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 3, 2012 at 3:12PM
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."
"Zero Dark Thirty"
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
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"
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"