'Zero Dark Thirty' Tops the National Board of Review's 2012 Awards

December 5, 2012
Source: NBR

Zero Dark Thirty NBR

Some accolades for The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow's new film Zero Dark Thirty have started pouring in. The group known as the National Board of Review has revealed their 2012 award winners and complete breakdown of best films of the year. The top winner - Zero Dark Thirty which took home three awards, for Best Director, Best Actress (Jessica Chastain, of course) and Best Film of 2012. But it's oddly missing from the "Top Films" section, which on the other hand includes generational fave Perks of Being a Wallflower, as well as Looper, Lincoln, Django Unchained and Beasts of a Southern Wild. Lists below!

The National Board of Review’s awards will be handed out January 8th at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City at a gala hosted by Meredith Vieira. The NBR Awards have a number of main categories and follow-up lists of best films, which can be found in their entirety below from the official NBR website. NBR 2012 picks:

Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor: Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio - Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd - Compliance

Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson - Looper

Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook

Best Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph

Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck - Argo

Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland - The Impossible

Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Foreign Language Film: Michael Haneke - Amour

Best Documentary: Searching for Sugarman

William K. Everson Film History Award: 50 Years of Bond Films

Best Ensemble: Les Misérables

Spotlight Award: John Goodman (Argo, Flight, ParaNorman, Trouble with the Curve)

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: The Central Park Five

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Promised Land

Top Films (in alphabetical order):
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
The Parks of Being a Wallflower
Promised Land
Silver Linings Playbook

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order):
The Intouchables
The Kid With a Bike
War Witch

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order):
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
The Gatekeepers
The Invisible War
Only the Young

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order):
End of Watch
Hello, I Must Be Going
Little Birds
Moonrise Kingdom
On the Road
Sleepwalk With Me

Congrats to all of this year's winners. Lots of worthy mentions all-around. "Zero Dark Thirty is a masterful film," said Annie Schulhof, NBR President. "Kathryn Bigelow takes the viewer inside a definitive moment of our time in a visceral and unique way. It is exciting, provocative and deeply emotional." A select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students, the National Board of Review viewed over 250 films this year including studio, independent, foreign-language, animated and documentary selections. Last year they chose Hugo for Best Film and Martin Scorsese for Best Director. These are just another solid set of notable awards in the on-going 2012 season. Follow Awards News here.

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'Zero Dark Thirty' isn't "missing" from the top films section. It's their #1 picture with the other nine finishing out the top 10.

Keelay! on Dec 5, 2012


The Master??

Guest on Dec 5, 2012


So basically we can expect this to be as overrated as the Hurt Locker.

The Truth on Dec 5, 2012


'Cept nobody is gonna dl this one.

castingcouch on Dec 6, 2012


Zero Dark Thirty blows Hurt Locker away on every level.

Mister Marvel on Dec 6, 2012


Really interesting and deserving choices. If the Oscars end up like this, I would be more then happy.

Alex on Dec 6, 2012

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