Awards season – that three-month long haul during which critics and industry associations see fit to bestow a crazy number of commendations for films released in such a way as to win awards – is well underway, and there are scores of people analyzing how every new set of awards changes the "Oscar Race." Here at IAR, Brett Gurksy has issued his annual list of Academy Awards prognostications and possibilities, which you can read right here.
So break your abacus and calculate how the New York Film Critics Circle Awards changes the odds for February's big show.
Zero Dark Thirty won three awards, one each for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography for Creig Fraser, who also shot Snow White and the Huntsman this year. Lincoln, meanwhile, won three awards as well. Steven Spielberg obviously didn't snag the award that Bigelow took home, but both Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field got pats on the back for playing Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. Tony Kushner, for whom Lincoln represents his second feature screenplay, added a New York Film Critics Circle Award to a shelf that also includes the Angels in America playwright's Pulitzer Prize.
And hey, Tim Burton's stop-motion love letter to black-and-white horror Frankenweenie won for Best Animated Feature. And Matthew McConaughey earned Supporting Actor recognition for both Magic Mike and Bernie.
Here's the full list, thanks to Slashfilm.
Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow , Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner , Lincoln
Rachel Weisz , The Deep Blue Sea
Daniel Day-Lewis , Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Field , Lincoln
Best Supporting Actor:
Matthew McConaughey , Magic Mike and Bernie
Greig Fraser , Zero Dark Thirty
Best Non-fiction Film:
Central Park Five , directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon
Best Foreign Language Film:
Amour , directed by Michael Haneke
Best Animated Feature:
Frankenweenie , directed by Tim Burton
Best First Feature:
How To Survive a Plague , directed by David France