'Zero Dark Thirty' Tops the National Board of Review's 2012 Awards
by Alex Billington
December 5, 2012
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
The Parks of Being a Wallflower
Silver Linings Playbook
Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order):
The Kid With a Bike
Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order):
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
The Invisible War
Only the Young
Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order):
End of Watch
Hello, I Must Be Going
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.
'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
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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