If you thought it was going to be a smooth ride to the podium for Daniel Day-Lewis, think again. Leave it to the National Board of Review to give the best actor honor to Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook.
The Board also awarded the best supporting actress award to Ann Dowd, even though she's the lead in Compliance.
The rest of the list shakes out as expected though, as Zero Dark Thirty dominated with best film, best director (Kathryn Bigelow) and best actress (Jessica Chastain) wins.
Leonardo DiCaprio got the supporting actor honor from the Board for Django Unchained while Tom Holland (The Impossible) and Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) earned respective breakthrough acting honors.
Looper (original) and Silver Linings Playbook (adapted) picked up screenwriting wins as well, while the cast of Les Miserables earned a best ensemble honor and Wreck-It Ralph netted the best animated feature win.
While it's hard to tell if Zero Dark Thirty can continue to ride this early wave of momentum all the way into February, the film is certainly off to a great start. A staggered release schedule (LA/NY on December 19, everywhere else January 11) should keep word-of-mouth strong.
As per tradition, the Board also releases an annual Top Films list. This year, they highlight nine films (since a Top Ten list is so cliché, right?): Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Looper, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Promised Land and Silver Linings Playbook.
The full list of winners are below:
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 Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, LOOPER
Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Animated Feature: WRECK-IT RALPH
Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck, ARGO
Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE
Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhané 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 SUGARMAN
William K. Everson Film History Award: 50 YEARS OF BOND FILMS
Best Ensemble: LES MISÉRABLES
Spotlight Award: John Goodman (ARGO, FLIGHT, PARANORMAN, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE)
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: CENTRAL PARK FIVE
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: PROMISED LAND
(in alphabetical order)
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(In Alphabetical Order)
THE KID WITH A BIKE
Top 5 Documentaries
(In Alphabetical Order)
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
THE INVISIBLE WAR
ONLY THE YOUNG
Top 10 Independent Films
(In Alphabetical Order)
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Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty is really making waves among the awards circuit. Definitely one to keep an eye on. I can't wait to see it.
Although I'm a fan of Daniel Day-Lewis, definitely national board of review knows better than me!
1st big award for Wreck it Ralph
And i was about to say YES
For best animated picture! Go Wreck It Ralph!
We lost Round 1 48 hours ago with the NY Critics Awards but we gotta get down to checking out each award
What movie won?
Frankenweenie by Tim Burton
Oh never mind, Frankenweenie won
I just gave you the answer. I'm thrilled i did not see it back in October
Its funny isn't it that we posted it at the same time and I'll see it on DVD when it comes out
I chose not to because I'm not into horror movies
'Frankenweenie" is hardly a horror movie. It is a charming movie that the whole family can enjoy. At the end of the day, it is just a movie about a boy and his dog. It is just infused with a dash of Tim Burton's creepy creativity.
Still don't want to see it
You're missing out. It is a really good movie and a real rival to "Wreck-it-Ralph" for the Best Animated Feature. You don't see a lot of black and white CGI animated movies that are as successful as "Frankenweenie"
Still not also I'm not a big fan of Burton's work
I thought you liked Charlie and The Chocolate Factory?
I did but its some of his work I did not
you mean on other movies of his
Frankenweenie is stop motion, not CGI anyways I'll see it when it comes out on DVD
Its not supposed to be a full horror movie. Its have Sci-Fi and comedy in it too from what I've heard, plus I saw ParaNorman and its not that scary, they are made for families to watch
Still no interest Matt
Its ok, we all have opinions
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