Both films pick up three awards each. Plus there was a surprise in the Best Actress category.
While the New York Film Critics Circle may have made their award decisions by seven a.m. yesterday morning, they spent half a day fumbling with Twitter to post the winners. When the awards finally were announced in full, it signaled that the critic’s group were the first to bestow their 2012 winners. Often seen as a precursor to the Academy (last year’s NYFCC Best Picture winner, The Artist, went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture), this year has proved difficult on which horse is the best bet for Oscar gold.
The field is wide open this year in terms of strong releases. But if the NYFCC winners is any indication it looks like Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty could be the one to beat, as the docudrama nabbed Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Greig Fraser) and Best Director. Michael Haneke’s Amour took Best Foreign Film. The biggest surprise may be that Rachel Weisz beat the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain in the Best Actress category. Though I’m told the race was close. The race was also close for Supporting Actress, as Sally Field (Lincoln) narrowly defeated Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables).
Full list below.
Best Picture – Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Best Actress – Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)
Best Foreign Language Film – Amour
Best Animated Film – Frankenweenie
Best Supporting Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike & Bernie)
Best Supporting Actress – Sally Field (Lincoln)
Best Cinematography – Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty)
Best Non-Fiction Film – The Central Park Five
Best First Film – David France (How To Survive A Plague)