National Board of Review Awards 2012

December 6th, 2012 - Graham Eley

Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial account of the search for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, is emerging as the early favourite for Oscar success after adding the National Board of Review’s best film award to the one that it received earlier this week from the New York Film Critics Circle.  It would represent Bigelow’s second consecutive Oscar victory after the Hurt Locker’s surprise win three years ago but early indicators can be misleading.  Although the critics’ awards are not without influence, their members do not have Oscar voting rights and it is not until the film industry guilds join the proceedings that a clear position emerges.  Zero Dark Thirty, which has seldom been out of the public eye since allegations that it benefited from the disclosure of secret information, arrives in North American cinemas on December 19,  2012.

 

 

Winners:

 

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:  AMOUR

 

 

Best Documentary: SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

 

 

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: CENTRAL PARK FIVE

 

 

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: PROMISED LAND

 

 

Top Films

(in alphabetical order)

 

ARGO

 

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

 

DJANGO UNCHAINED

 

LES MISÉRABLES

 

LINCOLN

 

LOOPER

 

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

 

PROMISED LAND

 

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

 

 

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

(In Alphabetical Order)

 

BARBARA

 

THE INTOUCHABLES

 

THE KID WITH A BIKE

 

NO

 

WAR WITCH

 

 

Top 5 Documentaries

(In Alphabetical Order)

 

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

 

DETROPIA

 

THE GATEKEEPERS

 

THE INVISIBLE WAR

 

ONLY THE YOUNG

 

 

Top 10 Independent Films

(In Alphabetical Order)

 

ARBITRAGE

 

BERNIE

 

COMPLIANCE

 

END OF WATCH

 

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LITTLE BIRDS

 

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ON THE ROAD

 

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