Black Film Critics Circle Awards 2012
The Black Film Critics Circle has gone with the flow and, almost as a summary of the awards season so far, honoured Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ with best film, director and actress (Jessica Chastain) and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ with best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and ensemble. The controversial ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ now has nine best film victories to its name but ‘Lincoln’ is likely to receive more support when the industry awards join the fray in the New Year.
There were no real surprises in the other acting awards. Christoph Waltz picked up his fourth best supporting actor win for ‘Django Unchained’ but remains behind Oscar favourites, Tommy Lee Jones and Philip Seymour Hoffman – with six wins each – in the overall tally. Clear Oscar frontrunner, Anne Hathaway, won best supporting actress for her performance in ‘Les Misérables’, and takes her total to an excellent twelve wins in this category.
Django Unchained and Argo won best original and adapted screenplay awards respectively and both films are shoo-ins for Oscar nominations in these categories with a shot at winning.
Ken Burns’s ‘The Central Park Five’ bagged best documentary after being controversially omitted from the Oscar shortlist. Two documentaries that employed narrative techniques borrowed from drama filmmaking, ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ and ‘The Imposter’, lead the Oscar race in this category.
‘The Intouchables’, currently in a close Oscar race with Palme d’Or winner, ‘Amour’, won the best foreign film.
Best Film: “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Argo”
Best Original Screenplay: “Django Unchained”
Best Animated Film: “Rise of the Guardians”
Best Foreign Film: “The Intouchables”
Best Documentary: “The Central Park Five”
Best Ensemble: “Lincoln”