Posted by: ckckred | December 4, 2012

NY Film Critic’s Circle: Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln Big Winners

Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to The Hurt Locker took home Best Picture and Director

Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker took home Best Picture and Director

The New York Critic’s Circle has announced their winners and there were certainly some surprises.  Zero Dark Thirty, the eagerly awaited Osama Bin Laden film from Kathryn Bigelow, won Best Picture and Best Director for Bigelow.  Lincoln though took home three prizes for Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, Sally Field for Best Supporting Actress, and Tony Kushner for Best Screenplay.  Amour took the Best Foreign Film award while Frankenweenie was named the year’s best animated film.

So what does this tell us?  It certainly helps Zero Dark Thirty‘s chances at the Oscars, but I feel it especially boosted Lincoln‘s chance.  Daniel Day-Lewis was sure to win Best Actor but I was surprised Sally Field won and wasn’t sure if it would win Best Screenplay.

Last year the NYFCC chose The Artist for the year’s best picture, which went on to sweep the Oscars.  And a few years before, Bigelow’s own The Hurt Locker won, which surprisingly beat Avatar.  Still, I think Zero Dark Thirty might have some trouble from some critics who complained that the filmmakers received information on Bin Laden’s assassination from the Obama administration, though that’s completely untrue.

Anyway, here are the winners below.

Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Actor: Daniel Day-LewisLincoln
Best Actress: Rachel WeiszThe Deep Blue Sea
Best Director: Kathryn BigelowZero Dark Thirty
Best Screenplay: Tony KushnerLincoln
Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike and Bernie
Best Supporting Actress: Sally FieldLincoln
Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie
Best Cinematographer: Greig FraserZero Dark Thirty
Best First Film: How to Survive a Plague
Best Foreign Film: Amour
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): The Central Park Five



  1. Surprised to see McConaughey’s name with an award but his acting has certainly been great of late.

    • Yeah, I was expecting to see Philip Seymour Hoffman win. I haven’t seen either Magic Mike or Bernie but I’ve heard he was good in both. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I’m most surprised to see McConaughey getting an acting nod. I didn’t really care for Magic Mike that much but he certainly played the part very well, he’s almost TOO believable as a male stripper! 😀

    • I didn’t see Magic Mike but heard good things about him in his role. I still have to see Bernie. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Of course, it figures that Zero Dark Thirty is going to be a big contender in 2012, especially seeing as people across the country have little chance of actually seeing the movie IN 2012. Damn limited release strategies… 😦

    Not surprised by Sally Field… but I am surprised (pleasantly) by McConaughey! Alright, alright… 😀

    • Yeah, it always annoys me that they’re putting Zero Dark Thirty in limited release until January. I think they’re just doing that to get a lot of buzz for the film.

      I was surprised that McConaughey won. I still have to see Bernie. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Glad to see Matthew getting some love! I’m very surprised Anne didn’t win :/

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