… the …
… winner … of … the …
… Best Picture … prize … is …
… Zero Dark Thirty!
The New York Film Critics Circle has spoken. Instead of announcing their decisions all at once, the esteemed East Coast collection of critics revealed its annual awards list only after its members debated, deliberated, and decided on each category.
Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie
Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey for Bernie and Magic Mike
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln
Best Cinematography: Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Non-Fiction Film: The Central Park Five
Best First Feature: How to Survive a Plague
The NYFCC is an important award for those in the long-haul race for the Oscars because it can highlight a previous fringe-dweller and get the guild-award groups to pay closer attention, which in turn means Academy voters may do the same. But the NYFCC has a hit-and-miss record of predicting the ultimate Best Picture-winner.
Past top honorees include The Artist, The Hurt Locker, and No Country For Old Men — which did go on to Oscar victor — and The Social Network, Milk, United 93 and Brokeback Mountain, which came close, but didn’t.
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