New York Film Critics Circle announced their winners of the best in 2012 today. Miserable people like me had their eyes fixed on their Twitter timelines as the awards were announced over a course of 4-5 hours. Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln both won 3 awards each. Zero Dark Thirty won Best Picture, Director for Kathryn Bigelow (her second here after The Hurt Locker) and won Best Cinematography. It was no less than a surprise when this happened since Lincoln, The Master or Les Miserables were favored to win but still Zero Dark Thirty was somewhat expected to take a few awards. The biggest shocker for most but a delightful surprise for me was Rachel Weisz winning Best Actress for her stellar and brilliant work in The Deep Blue Sea. I was really rooting for her to get such kind of a recognition hoping that it might put her on the radar of the Academy or at least people. Daniel Day-Lewis as expected won for Lincoln in the category Best Lead Actor. Supporting Actor was predicted to go to Philip Seymour Hoffman but they awarded Matthew McConaughey instead for Magic Mike and Bernie.
Sally Field won Best Supporting Actress for Lincoln while both Amour and Frankenweenie won in Best Foreign Film and Animated film as expected. Tony Kushner was awarded for his superb work as the screenwriter of Lincoln. With this, the award season for the year is now officially started with many more critics circles and organizations to award throughout this month. New York have always been the most important of them. Looking forward to an amazing award season this year.
Below is the full list of winners:
Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Lead Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Lead Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Bernie/Magic Mike
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln
Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Best Foreign Film: Amour
Best Animated Feature: Frankenweenie
Best Cinematography: Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Documentary Feature: The Central Park Five
Best First Film: David France, How to Survive a Plague