The National Board of Review, a group of film academics, students and professionals founded in 1909.
ZERO DARK THIRTY continued it’s momentum by winning the NBR award for best film. It is now becoming this years front-runner for Best Picture.
The film won three awards Wednesday, which also named Katherine Bigelow best director and Jessica Chastain best actress.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK also received some love. Bradley Cooper was named best actor and Director David O’ Russell was given best adapted screenplay.
Here is the complete list of 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 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
The NBR has not had much luck lately choosing winners that went on to win the Oscar for best picture. Last year they awarded HUGO and THE ARTIST won the Oscar. The year before they chose THE SOCIAL NETWORK and of course THE KINGS SPEECH wan the Oscar.
They also named their top films of the year. (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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