Zero Dark Thirty secures top prizes at National Board of Review

After securing Best Picture and Best Director at the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday, Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming war thriller Zero Dark Thirty continued its solid start to awards season with victory at the National Board of Review.

Based in New York, the influential voting group awarded the film Best Picture with Bigelow securing the Best Director prize while the talented Jessica Chastain won Best Actress (yippee!) for her role as the analyst who leads the hunt for the terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

It was joined by nine other films on the Top 10 list which were; Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Looper, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Promised Land and Silver Linings Playbook.

Bradley Cooper won Best Actor for his role as a bi-polar suffering man who finds love in the romantic dramedy Silver Linings with his director David O. Russell winning the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Leonardo DiCaprio secured a Supporting Actor win for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. while character actress Ann Dowd was named Best Supporting Actress for the grim indie-drama Compliance.

The other big winners saw Les Miserables win the Best Ensemble category while Disney’s Wreck-It-Ralph clinched Best Animated Film. Youngsters Tom Holland (The Impossible) and Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) secured the Breakthrough Actor/Actress awards for their respective films. Wallis’s director Benh Zeitlin was awarded Best Directional Debut while Ben Affleck earning the Special Achievement in Film-making prize for his political thriller Argo.

The William K. Everson Film History Award was given to the James Bond franchise to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The full list of winners are below:

BEST FILM
Zero Dark Thirty

OTHER FILMS IN TOP 10
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Looper
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Promised Land
Silver Linings Playbook

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

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR
Tom Holland – The Impossible

BREAKTHROUGH ACTRESS
Quvenzhan√© Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild”

BEST DIRECTIONAL DEBUT
Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Searching for Sugar Man

BEST ENSEMBLE
Les Miserables

SPOTLIGHT AWARD
John Goodman – Argo/Flight/Paranorman/Trouble with the Curve

NBR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
The Central Park Five

NBR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Promised Land

TOP 5 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
Barbara
The Intouchables
The Kid with a Bike
No
War Witch

TOP 5 DOCUMENTARIES
Ai Weiwie: Never Sorry
Detropia
The Gatekeepers
The Invisible War
Only the Young

TOP 10 INDEPENDENT FILMS
Arbitrage
Bernie
Compliance
End of Watch
Hello I Must Be Going
Little Birds
Moonrise Kingdom
On the Road
Quartet
Sleepwalk with Me

The recipients will receive their honours at a special gala which is being held on Tuesday 8th January 2013.

So far no love for Life of Pi or The Master so far. However we can safely say Zero Dark Thirty is looking like one of the main contenders for the Oscars while Cooper, Chastain and Di-Caprio boost their own chances of potential nominations.

Still plenty of awards groups to come….

Source: In Contention

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