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‘The Master’ Leads All Nominees for the 16th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards

'The Master' Leads All Nominees for the 16th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards

Christmas came early for Paul Thomas Anderson this year, as the nearly 200 elves of the Online Film Critics Society (this one included) nominated his film “The Master” for eight of their annual awards. Anderson himself was nominated for Best Director while all three of his stars — Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams — picked up nominations of their own. Nods for Picture, Editing, Cinematography, and Original Screenplay makes eight, if I’ve got my math right (I’m on my ninth glass of nog, so I might not).

Overall, I think it’s an excellent batch of nominees — and I’m proud to be a member of the organization that chose them. Four of the five best picture nominees are in my top ten list for the year (and the fifth, “Moonrise Kingdom,” is amongst my honorable mentions). There’s not a bad movie in the bunch amongst the nominees for Best Documentary and Best Film Not in the English Language. My favorite movie of the year, “Holy Motors,” picked up four nominations — Best Picture, Director (Leos Carax), Actor (Denis Lavant), and Film Not in the English Language — as many as I’ve seen from any critics group. I may not be satisfied with the eventual winners (and I suspect in most categories I won’t be) but I’m very happy with the movies OFCSers had to choose from.

Next, the full membership votes on the nominees (I already submitted my ballot; if you’ve read my top ten, you can probably guess most of my picks). The final winners will be announced on January 7th. The complete list of nominees is below.

Nominees For the 16th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards

Best Picture:

“Holy Motors”
“The Master”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Animated Feature:

“The Secret World of Arrietty”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Film Not in the English Language:

“Holy Motors”
“Rust and Bone”
“This Is Not a Film”
“The Turin Horse”

Best Documentary:

“The Imposter”
“The Invisible War”
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”
“The Queen of Versailles”
“This Is Not a Film”

Best Director:

Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master”
Wes Anderson, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Leos Carax, “Holy Motors”

Best Actor:

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Best Actress:

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best Supporting Actor:

Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Dwight Henry, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, “The Master”
Ann Dowd, “Compliance”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

Best Original Screenplay:

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, “The Cabin in the Woods”
Rian Johnson, “Looper”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master”
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Adapted Screnplay:

Chris Terrio, “Argo”
Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski, “Cloud Atlas”
David Cronenberg, “Cosmopolis”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”

Best Editing:

William Goldenberg, “Argo”
Alexander Berner, “Cloud Atlas”
Leslie Jones and Peter McNulty, “The Master”
Stuart Baird, “Skyfall”
William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Cinematography:

Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi”
Janusz Kaminski, “Lincoln”
Mihai Malamiare Jr., “The Master”
Robert D. Yeoman, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Roger Deakins, “Skyfall”

Other 2012 Critics Awards (Best Film Pick in Parenthesis)
New York Film Critics Circle (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Boston Online Film Critics Association (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association (“Amour”)
Boston Society of Film Critics (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
New York Film Critics Online (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society (“Life of Pi”)
San Diego Film Critics Society (“Argo”)
Toronto Film Critics Association (“The Master”)
Chicago Film Critics Association (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Detroit Film Critics Society (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle (“The Master”)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (“The Master”)
Southeastern Film Critics Association (“Argo”)
Austin Film Critics Association (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Florida Film Critics Circle (“Argo”)
African-American Film Critics Association (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Black Film Critics Circle (“Zero Dark Thirty”)

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