The New York Film Critics Circle voted and announced their 2012 winners today, well in advance of other critics' circles. Most of the selections were as expected; Daniel Day-Lewis picked up best actor honors and Tony Kushner notched a best screenplay win for Lincoln.
The announcements weren't without a few question marks. Perhaps the most notable was the selection of Rachel Weisz for best actress for her performance in The Deep Blue Sea (no, not the shark movie). The film received a brief limited release back in March. We're thinking this unexpected win could mount a last minute Oscar campaign including a re-release for audiences that missed out the first time around.
Up until now, Weisz's name had not even been mentioned among the award season best actress contenders which featured the likes of Keira Knightley, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Naomi Watts.
Another name that pundits thought might be left out of contention was Kathryn Bigelow whose Zero Dark Thirty gets a limited release in New York and Los Angeles on December 19. The NYFCC named her the best director over heavy favorites like Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, David O. Russell and Wes Anderson.
Zero Dark Thirty picked up the best picture win, further bolstering momentum as we head through this three month long season of honors and awards.
Other winners include Frankenweeine for best animated film, Amour for best foreign film, Sally Field (Lincoln) and Matthew McConaughey (Bernie, Magic Mike) picking up supporting actor wins and Central Park Five winning best documentary.
On Wednesday, the National Board of Review will announce their winners, which should give an even clearer picture of what we can expect come Golden Globe and Oscar time.
Do you agree with the NYFCC's picks? Is Weisz the best actress of 2012? Does Bigelow's win foreshadow the possible snub of one of the early award season favorites? Are you more inclined to see Zero Dark Thirty following this best film win?
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I'm curious as to what other movies were nominated for Best Picture because I'm still convinced that "Les Miserables" is the Oscar favorite for Best Picture, even though it hasn't been released.
I am completely befuddled as to what people see in The Deep Blue Sea and Rachel Weisz as an actress. She did NOTHING in that film. Plus the only movie she was good in was Brothers Bloom
Rachel Weisz is the best and most beautiful actress of 2012 and all other years past and future, thank you very much!
Sadly though, it's too little and too late for an Oscar campaign for this film. There's no powerful studio behind it. Money shouldn't be the ultimate litmus test for these awards.
I am extremely excited for Zero Dark Thirty, but it will have to do a lot to notch off Lincoln for my favorite film of the year. Nothing feels better than knowing DDL got the award. I think life of PI should have one cinematography, but I haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty, so I don't have a valid oppinion.
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