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“Zero Dark Thirty” Takes the National Board of Review

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Two for two, and while the excitement is building, the tension is unfortunately fading fast. To be quite honest, I’m not sure if I can take another year of monogamous critical love for a single movie. Yes, it’s true, “The Social Network”‘s unstoppable sweep in 2010 was a memorable time in my life (though not every year does a film move and amaze me to the quite same extent), the same routine every year can make this whole thing we do a bit of a bore.

Nevertheless, it’d be unwise to start closing the book on this year’s Oscars. If you look at films like “Sideways,” “Brokeback Mountain” or “The Social Network,” every critics award in the book could prove useless come the big night. It ain’t over till it’s over.

Aside from the top honor, “Zero Dark Thirty” helmer Kathryn Bigelow grabbed her second Best Director award of the week. Jessica Chastain proved that she is a noticeable force in the film by taking down Best Actress. The rest of the awards actually displayed a nice sense of originality. Bradley Cooper managed to beat out the all-but-coronated Daniel Day Lewis in Best Actor. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio takes what will hopefully be his first of many Best Supporting Actor victories. Despite not yet seeing the film, I’m very much pulling for this to be his year. Rian Johnson took a surprise victory in Best Original Screenplay for “Looper,” while David O’Russell won for his adapted work in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

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Without a doubt, the most interesting and inspired award of the night was Ann Dowd being named Best Supporting Actress for her brilliantly realistic portrayal in “Compliance.” Those that have seen the film (which isn’t many, admittedly) know that Ann absolutely owns the screen. You cannot take your eyes off of her and she’ll make you pay for it with plenty of memorable, yet absolutely cringe-inducing, scenes. I can only hope that awards like this might have chance of carrying her all the way, much like Jackie Weaver for “Animal Kingdom.”

The Top Ten List is much to be expected, with mentions for “Argo,” “Lincoln,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Les Miserables.” Chalk up another unbearably depressing day for Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” The film that had supposedly championed critics has yet to win a single award on their behalf and missed out on even reaching the NBR’s top ten, while finding films like “Promised Land” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” in its place. It still has a chance to make a stand in Los Angeles this weekend, but if it fails to even show up there, it might be time to count it out of the Best Picture race, entirely. Disappointing, to say the least.

See the full list of winners after the jump and remember to keep checking back for further updates, opinions and analysis:

2012 NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW WINNERS:

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 ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “Looper”

BEST ANIMATED FILM: “Wreck-It Ralph”

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR: Tom Holland – “The Impossible”

BEST 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”

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: “Les Misérables”

SPOTLIGHT AWARD: John Goodman (“Argo,” “Flight,” “ParaNorman,” “Trouble with the Curve”)

NBR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARD: “The Central Park Five” and “Promised Land”

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: Ben Affleck – “Argo”

WILLIAM K. EMERSON FILM HISTORY AWARD: 50 Years of Bond Films

TOP 10 FILMS
“Argo”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Misérables”
“Lincoln”
“Looper”
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
“Promised Land”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

TOP 5 FOREIGN FILMS
“Barbara”
“The Intouchables”
“The Kid with a Bike”
“No”
“War Witch”

TOP 5 DOCUMENTARIES
“Ai Weiwie: Never Sorry”
“Detropia”
“The Gatekeepers”
“The Invisible War”
“Only the Young”

TOP 10 INDEPENDENT FILMS
“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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