'Zero Dark Thirty' Is the Best Film of the Year According to the National Board of Review

'Zero Dark Thirty' Is the Best Film of the Year According to the National Board of Review

Dec 05, 2012

Awards talk is a funny thing. It operates with such tunnel vision that when a great film comes out its prospects for little gold statues are all anyone can talk about, to the point where its awards glory seems like a done deal. Until the next great film comes out, of course. Then it's future gold statues are all anyone can talk about.

In January, Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Sessions were the big Sundance films seemingly destined for end-of-the-year trophies. Then the summer months came, and the awards talk subsided, only to be reborn with the likes of Argo. And since then the talk has evolved with each major new release, and now that various critic groups are weighing in, the awards front-runners have morphed once again with a new pack leader emerging, at least as far as the National Board of Review is concerned. The group has just named Kathryn Bigelow the best director of 2012, and they've given Zero Dark Thirty Best Film as well.

Now if you're using the NBR as an indicator of Oscar potential, don't call up Vegas just yet and bet it all on Bigelow's latest military thriller. Its Best Picture has only aligned twice with the Academy Awards in recent years (No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire). But maybe its tastes align better with yours. If so, take the below awards as a guide on what you need to see between now and the end of the year:

 

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 Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook

 

Best Original Screenplay: Looper
 
Best Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph
 
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
 
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
 
William K. Everson Film History Award: 50 Years of Bond Films
 
Top Films (in alphabetical order): Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Promised Land, Silver Linings Playbook
 
Top Five Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order): Barbara, The Intouchables, The Kid with a Bike, No, War Witch
 
Top Five Documentaries (in alphabetical order): Ai Weiwie: Never Sorry, Detropia, The Gatekeepers, The Invisible War, Only the Young
 
Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order): Arbitrage, Bernie, Compliance, End of Watch, Hello I Must Be Going, Little Birds, Moonrise Kingdom, On the Road, Quartet, Sleepwalk with Me

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