New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Lincoln' Get Love

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 08:58 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Lincoln' Get Love

Though general audiences have yet lay eyes on Kathryn Bigelow's film chronicling the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty won Best Picture at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.  Bigelow herself got an individual award herself, while her movie split the lion's share of the awards with a certain political drama centering on the 16th United States President.

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.

Best Film:
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow
, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Screenplay:
Tony Kushner
, Lincoln

Best Actress:
Rachel Weisz
, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis
, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Field
, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actor:
Matthew McConaughey
, Magic Mike and Bernie

Best Cinematography:
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:
, directed by Michael Haneke

Best Animated Feature:
, directed by Tim Burton

Best First Feature:
How To Survive a Plague
, directed by David France

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