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National Board of Review Kicks Off the 2012 Awards With “Zero Dark Thirty”

posted by Nell Minow

The first big movie awards announcement each year comes from the National Board of Review, a group of film academics, students, and professionals.  The Osama Bin Laden manhunt drama “Zero Dark Thirty” from “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, tops the list and Bigelow was awarded Best Director, and star Jessica Chastain, who plays the CIA official who spent 12 years tracking Bin Laden, was selected as Best Actress.  People’s recently-announced Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper continued his winning streak with the Best Actor award for his performance as a bi-polar man in “Silver Linings Playbook,” which also won best adapted screenplay.  Best Original Screenplay went to the twisty time-travel “Looper,” and Disney won Best Animated Feature with “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The complete list:

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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 Adapted Screenplay: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Original Screenplay: LOOPER
Best Animated Feature: WRECK-IT RALPH
Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE
Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhane 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 SUGAR MAN
Best Ensemble: LES MISERABLES
Spotlight Award: John Goodman, ARGO, FLIGHT and TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE
NBR Freedom of Expression: THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE and PROMISED LAND
William K. Everson Film History Award: 50 Years of Bond Films

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Top Films (in alphabetical order): ARGO, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, DJANGO UNCHAINED, LES MISERABLES, LINCOLN, LOOPER, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, PROMISED LAND, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order): BARBARA, THE INTOUCHABLES, THE KID WITH A BIKE, NO, WAR WITCH

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order): AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, DETROPIA, THE GATEKEEPERS, THE INVISIBLE WAR, ONLY THE YOUNG

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order): ARBITRAGE, BERNIE, COMPLIANCE, END OF WATCH, HELLO I MUST BE GOING, LITTLE BIRDS, MOONRISE KINGDOM, ON THE ROAD, QUARTET, SLEEPWALK WITH ME

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