In the lead up to the Academy Awards, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty has been awarded another best film accolade, this time from the National Board of Review. Last year the group picked Hugo as it’s best film; Hugo then went on to be nominated for and win multiple Academy Awards.
Bradley Cooper was the perhaps surprise best actor winner (for Silver Linings Playbook), beating out front-runner Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln).
Festival favourite Beasts of the Southern Wild was recognised with a best directorial début awarded to Benh Zeitlin, and the breakthrough actress award going to Quvenzhané Wallis. Breakthrough male actor was awarded to Tom Holland for his performance in the yet-to-be released in Australia The Impossible.
It was great to see fantastic documentary Searching For Sugar Man pick up best documentary while best animated feature went to Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph.
Full list of winners below:
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
Even more interesting is the National Board of Review’s top film lists, which lists their best films in several categories. These can be found after the jump.
The below lists are all in alphabetical order.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
THE KID WITH A BIKE
Top 5 Documentaries
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
THE INVISIBLE WAR
ONLY THE YOUNG
Top 10 Independent Films
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