NAMED 2012 BEST FILM OF THE YEAR BY
THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW


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2012 Gala to be held on

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
hosted by Meredith Vieira 
 

New York, NY – (December 5, 2012) – The National Board of Review has named ZERO DARK THIRTY the 2012 Best Film of the Year.

Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:

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 SUGARMAN

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 10 Films and other lists after the cut.

 

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

HELLO I MUST BE GOING

LITTLE BIRDS

MOONRISE KINGDOM

ON THE ROAD

QUARTET

SLEEPWALK WITH ME

My previous predictions:

  • Picture: Lincoln
  • Director: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
  • Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
  • Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
  • Ensemble: Lincoln
  • Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
  • Documentary: Queen of Versailles
  • Foreign: Amour
  • Animated: ParaNorman
  • Breakthrough: Samantha Barks

The Top 10:

Lincoln, Les Miserables, The Silver Linings Playbook, The Dark Knight Rises, Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom, Argo, The Master, Life of Pi, Anna Karenina

10 Responses to “NBR picks Zero Dark Thirty for the win”

  1. The 16th President would be very proud with the domination of LINCOLN by NBR. Wow!

    But a very great film indeed!

  2. Well I misread the post Craig, thinking your predictions were the final choices.

    NBR has voted the worst stinker perhaps of all-time, citing the pedestrian Bradley Cooper for Best Actor in a year where Daniel-Day Lewis prevails.

    Will one fell swoop that have sent their membership back into the dark ages with an embarrassing choice that will immediately re-kindle all the derision that is usually sent their way. Even the impressive choices for Best Picture and director cannot erase the stench of their Best Actor choice.

  3. Sorry, that was not at all clear. I just threw the post up in the morning in anticipation of the final results.

    Really surprised they didn’t go for Lincoln. At all. And appalled by the choice of Cooper over Day-Lewis, but then to keep this in perspective, it is just the NBR. In years past, they got attention for being first, but now they don’t even have that in their favor.

  4. I’ve noticed that a lot of years the NBR just seems to be on a completely different wavelength from everyone else. They definitely don’t necessarily match up with the Oscars. Maybe they just like being different.

    I do like that they chose Searching for Sugarman. Don’t know what it’s chances are compared to other potential Oscar contenders in this category but it was a nicely done film and I’m glad it’s getting some recognition.

  5. I’d say Sugarman’s chances are pretty good since it’s backed by Sony Pictures Classics and they have the money to mount a campaign for it and it appears to be a crowd favorite.

    In this case, the top two NBR awards lined up with the NY Film critics so it’s not like they’re totally out in left field, but the Day-Lewis snub remains a mystery. I really really thought Lincoln would be their cup of tea and they’d go nuts for it. Shows you what I know!

  6. So Bradley Cooper is going to be the equivalent of Jonah Hill during the awards season, eh? I didn’t hate Moneyball, but making Jonah Hill an Oscar nominee…. eh…

    Haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook yet and I don’t hate Cooper (I’m neutral), but with the way awards voters go…. :S

  7. Rodrigo, despite the NBR win, I must say I would be shocked to see Cooper receive an Academy Award noimination. I do think the five Best Actor choices have probably been spoken for:

    Day-Lewis
    Phoenix
    Hawkes
    Jackman
    Washington

    If Washington is left off, then either Cooper or Trintignant can slip in the way I am figuring it.

  8. Yeah, I wouldn’t read too much into the NBR win… then again, I have to just admit a lot of people like SLP a hell of a lot more than I do

  9. I could see Cooper getting in ahead of Phoenix for a number of reasons, but mainly because I think Phoenix has as many admirers as detractors in the Academy, but I don’t think Cooper deserves the nomination. If he does get in, it will be the similar to the reasoning that got Jonah Hill a nom. I honestly think there’s a stronger argument to be made for Washington than Phoenix at this point, but that’s just my opinion (which is often counter to the crowd on these things). I don’t follow the awards prognosticating very closely.

  10. I can see Cooper becoming a Golden Globe nominee in the Lead Actor Comedy category (if SLP gets placed there — I mean, Descendants should have been placed on the Comedy category, but it went on Drama instead), but among the Drama films, he has a snowball’s chance in hell of getting there (I’m not sure about Jackman getting nominated, though). Then again, you never know with voters…

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