Kathryn Bigelow and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Top the National Board of Review's 2012 Awards

Two days into award season and we already have a frontrunner for the Oscars, as according to Gold Derby, The National Board of Review today named Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" their Best Picture, with Bigelow winning Best Director and star Jessica Chastain winning Best Actress.

Yesterday, you may remember, "Zero Dark Thirty" and Kathryn Bigelow also were named Best Picture and Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle.

Outside of those major categories, though, The National Board of Review blazed their own trail, naming Bradley Cooper Best Actor for his role in "Silver Linings Playbok," as well as giving Supporting Actor awards to Leonardo DiCaprio for "Django Unchained" and Ann Dowd for "Compliance."

Those picks meant that the acclaimed hit "Lincoln" was surprisingly shut out entirely, even in the Best Actor category, where Daniel Day-Lewis was presumed to be anointed by the award gods. Also shut out of the regular categories was Ben Affleck's "Argo" — Affleck was given a Special Achievement in Film Award for the movie, which apparently is what they give out when they feel guilty — which means the only two films in the running that have actually made any money were both passed over.

That calls into question how much Oscar momentum "Zero Dark Thirty" will really gain from this, as if there's one thing Hollywood and the Academy love more than a critically acclaimed film, it's a critically acclaimed film that has made a ton of money. So the jury will likely stay out until audiences have a chance to cast their own vote at the box office.

For now, though, there's no question that "Zero Dark Thirty" is building some major buzz. And that's never a bad thing, especially for an indie drama.

Here's a full list of winners:

BEST PICTURE

"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 ENSEMBLE

"Les Miserables"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

"Wreck-It-Ralph"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 

"Amour"

BEST DOCUMENTARY

"Searching for Sugar Man"

SPOTLIGHT AWARD

John Goodman

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCES

Tom Holland ("The Impossible")

Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild")

DEBUT DIRECTOR

Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild")

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT 

Ben Affleck ("Argo")

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

"Central Park Five"

"Promised Land"