'Zero Dark Thirty' Adds Boston, New York Online Honors to its Awards Haul
'Zero Dark Thirty' Adds Washington, Boston, New York Online Honors to its Awards Haul (Updated)
On a day that found two East Coast critics groups announcing their awards simultaneously while a third group did so from Los Angeles, Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" reinforced that it has become the clear consensus choice of film critics, just as the director's "The Hurt Locker" was three years ago.
The tense, gripping film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden was named the year's best film by both the Boston Film Critics Society and the New York Film Critics Online, two of the many regional groups that will be announcing awards in the coming weeks.
Last week, "Zero Dark Thirty" was named the year's best by the New York Film Critics Circle and by the National Board of Review (which is not a critics' group).
A couple of hours after the Boston and New York Online groups announced their wins, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association opted for Michael Haneke's "Amour" as best film and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" as runner up.
The "ZD30" win in Boston was the more surprising of the two, since that group often gives its top honor to films set in Boston or made by filmmakers from the city. Ben Affleck's "Argo" was considered a likely winner of the top honor – and, in fact, one member of the group tweeted that "half the room seems pissed" that voters had opted for Bigelow's film over Affleck's.
Bigelow was named best director by both groups, who also agreed on their choices for best actor and best actress. Daniel Day-Lewis won for "Lincoln," and Emmanuelle Riva won for "Amour."
Another group, the seven-month-old Boston Online Film Critics Association, announced its winners on Friday and agreed with many of the choices that the larger and more established Boston group would make: "Zero Dark Thirty," Bigelow, Day-Lewis and the documentary "How to Survive a Plague" among them.
BOSTON FILM CRITICS SOCIETY Best film: "Zero Dark Thirty" Best director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty" Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln" Best actress: Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour" Best supporting actor: Ezra Miller, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" Best supporting actress: Sally Field, "Lincoln" Best ensemble cast: "Seven Psychopaths" Best animated feature: "Frankenweenie" Best documentary: "How to Survive a Plague" Best screenplay: Tony Kushner, "Lincoln" Best cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr., "The Master" Best editing: William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, "Zero Dark Thirty" Best use of music in a film: "Moonrise Kingdom" Best new filmmaker: David France, "How to Survive a Plague"
NEW YORK FILM CRITICS ONLINE Best picture: "Zero Dark Thirty" Best director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty" Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln" Best actress: Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour" Best supporting actor: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln" Best supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables" Best ensemble cast: "Argo" Best animated film: "Chico and Rita" Best foreign language film: "Amour" Best documentary: "The Central Park Five" Best screenplay: Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty" Best cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi" Best use of music: "Django Unchained" Best debut director: Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Breakthrough performance: Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"