It seems that Osama bin Laden's death may have not only earned Barack Obama a second term in office, it may also help garner Kathryn Bigelow a second Best Picture Oscar.
That is if the New York Critics Circle Awards have anything to say about it, seeing as how they've kicked off the critics group season in style by handing both Best Picture and Best Director to Bigelow's hunt for bin Laden drama "Zero Dark Thirty." The high intensity flick's win is major déjà vu, as Bigelow's Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker" took home the exact same Circle Awards back in 2009.
A different President and First Lady combo also had an auspicious day today when Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field won Best Actor and Supporting Actress, respectively, for Steven Spielberg's sweeping Civil War epic "Lincoln," also winning for Tony Kushner's screenplay which spent nearly a decade in development. Looks like they may need to re-title the film "There Will Be Gold."
While these two films have been perceived front-runners since they were put into production, the New York Critics also had a few surprises up their sleeves as well, handing Mrs. James Bond/previous Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz the Best Actress prize for her role as a married woman having an affair with Loki (Tom Hiddleston, not actually playing Loki) in "The Deep Blue Sea" (not the shark movie where Sam Jackson gets eaten). Matthew McConaughey won for both his Supporting performance in "Bernie" and taking his shirt off in "Magic Mike."
Here's the full list of winners:
"Zero Dark Thirty," directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Rachel Weisz, "The Deep Blue Sea"
Best Supporting Actor
Matthew McConaughey, "Bernie" and "Magic Mike"
Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field, "Lincoln"
Best Foreign Language Film
"Amour," directed by Michael Haneke
Best Animated Film
"Frankenweenie," directed by Tim Burton
Greig Fraser, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Nonfiction Film
"Central Park Five," directed by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns
Best First Feature
"How To Survive a Plague," directed by David France