Monday, December 03, 2012

2012 New York Film Critics Circle Award Winners

The current awards season gains momentum when the first critics group announces their award winners and the so-called "harbingers of the Oscar nominations" have some interesting news for us, especially in the Best Actress category.

While following the awards by Twitter and after seeing how many awards Lincoln was collecting, many predicted that had to get the top awards and sweep this NYFCC edition; in the end was Zero Dark Thirty who got the top two awards plus also one for cinematography, which is absolutely fantastic news and accomplishment by a great female director.

These are the award winners as listed at their official site.

Best Feature Film: Zero Dark Thirty by Kathryn Bigelow

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress: Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field in Lincoln

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Bernie and Magic Mike

Best Cinematography: Greig Fraser for Zero Dark Thirty
Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner for Lincoln

Best First Feature: How to Survive a Plague by David France
Best Nonfiction Film (documentary): The Central Park Five by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon
Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie by Tim Burton
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour by Michael Haneke

If one actress have been absent in everybody who is anybody in the film business Oscar predictions is Rachel Weisz! But from today she will be in their radars. What I did foreseen for this Oscar category is that is not clear for me and seems that perhaps could be the most interesting and less predictable category of this award season.

I really love Daniel Day-Lewis performances and seems that NYFCC also does as this is the fourth time they honor the actor. But you have no idea how glad I am that Kathryn Bigelow got the Best Director award as clearly places her as a strong contender in this award season; she also won the same award in 2009 for The Hurt Locker. But nothing makes me happier than her film starting to make waves as this first award will do from today on.

Is too early but if LA Critics also give the award to Amour and at least one guild/association/organization considers film in their nominations, then the most predictable win in Oscar 2013 could be the one that is always unpredictable, the foreign language category.

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