Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” led the winners of the New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards. Each film won three awards, though “Thirty” topped them all with wins in the best picture and best director categories. This comes three years after Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” did the same, and bodes well for the film’s Oscar changes.
“Lincoln” won a mighty trio of awards itself, taking best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis, his whopping fifth NYFCC award), best supporting actress (Sally Field) and best screenplay (Tony Kushner).
Many expected both films to do well here, though some surprises came in the form of Rachel Weisz taking best actress for “The Deep Blue Sea,” and David France’s “How To Survive a Plague” becoming the first documentary to win best first film (topping “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” among others).
Notably, The Weinstein Company didn’t win a single award after dominating last year’s voting thanks to “The Artist.”
The 2012 New York Film Critics’ Circle Award Winners:
Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Field, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actor:
Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike & Bernie
Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Non-fiction Film:
Central Park Five, directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon
Best Foreign Language Film:
Amour, directed by Michael Haneke
Best Animated Feature:
Frankenweenie, directed by Tim Burton
Best First Feature:
How To Survive a Plague, directed by David France
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