National Board of Review Winners: “Zero Dark Thirty” Takes the Awards Season Lead

By Kirsten Anderson Awards

Jessica Chastain takes the Best Actress race lead.

What an interesting list from the National Board of Review. Just some thoughts on it before the whole list:

  • “Zero Dark Thirty” is now clearly the frontrunner for Best Picture.
  • Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty” has stolen the best actress thunder from Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
  • Speaking of “Silver Linings,” surprise best actor win for Bradley Cooper. I think most people have thought that Daniel Day-Lewis and Joaqim Phoenix were going to slug it out all season, and Cooper would fall into the “happy just to be nominated” category. I don’t know if many other groups will pick him, but it must feel pretty good to find out you were chosen over Daniel Day-Lewis in anything.
  • Surprise original screenplay win–not that it’s bad to see “Looper get the win (hey, time travel writing is tricky), but I think many have felt this would be the Wes Anderson award. Good for you, Mr. Johnson.
  • Great supporting actor wins. Leo wins as the bad guy, and Ann Dowd, after years of slogging through the Hollywood trenches as a quietly professional character actress steals one in the challenging indie “Compliance.”
  • Nice best ensemble win for “Les Miserables.”
  • Great special awards for Ben Affleck and John Goodman.

Now the list

National Board of Review Awards

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 SUGAR MAN
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 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

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