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Jessica Chastain, 'Zero Dark Thirty' win NBR Awards: Bigelow's film is strong Oscar contender

zerodarkthirty120312_optBY PAULA SCHWARTZ
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The National Board of Review has just selected Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, as the best film of the year. They have also given Bigelow the best directing honors and named Jessica Chastain, who plays a tough CIA operative who obsessively leads the hunt, as best actress. This is now the film to beat for the Oscar!

There were some genuine surprises from the NBOR, including Best Supporting Award to the seasoned and wonderful character actress Ann Dow. She was in a critically well-received but little seen film, “Compliance.” This is a huge upset, meaning she has bested favored actresses like Sally Field in “Lincoln,” Jennifer Ehle in “Zero Dark Thirty,” Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables” and Amy Adams in “The Master.”

Leonardo DiCaprio is a popular choice for best supporting actor for Quentin Tarantino”s “Djano Unchained.” He plays an over-the-top villain – and really is there any other kind in a Tarantino movie? – with disgusting brown teeth, a wicked temper, and a plantation full of slaves. You couldn’t hate this guy more and it’s rare and fascinating to see DiCaprio play a bad guy.

Best ensemble honors went to the brilliant cast of “Les Misérables” although none of the actors were honored individually.

“Looper” won for best original screenplay by Rian Johnson, which is an upset, beating out such high profile screenwriters as Tony Kushner for “Lincoln.”

Bradley Cooper was chosen for best actor. He’s a popular choice and terrific in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” although so far this season Daniel Day-Lewis seemed to have that award on lock down.

This season’s “It” girl, Quvenzhané Wallis of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” is honored as breakthrough actress. You can be sure she will steal everyone’s heart at the gala. And she will be able to enjoy the evening with her director Benh Zeitlin, who received best directing debut honors. As for Quvenzhané, for this honor she is following actors like Rooney Mara and Jennifer Lawrence who won in previous years and are now having great careers.

“Amour” was named best foreign film. On Monday it received the same nod from the New York Film Critics Circle, which places it one step closer in that category for the Golden statuette come Oscar time.

After getting shut out of the Oscar nominated short-list of 15 nominated documentaries, I am happy to see “Central Park Five” has received the NBR Freedom of Expression Award. I am hoping the five exonerated young men are invited to the gala. They will share this prize with “Promised Land.”

The National Board of Review Gala, the most starry and glamorous movie event of the year in New York, takes place Jan. 8, 2013 at Cipriani’s in midtown.

It is not taped or televised and the actors, especially after a few drinks, deliver hilarious and uncensored speeches that make the evening one of the most desirable and fun events of the year. Meredith Viera will host.

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 SUGARMAN

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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