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:
"Zero Dark Thirty"
Kathryn Bigelow (""Zero Dark Thirty"")
Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook")
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
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Searching for Sugar Man"
Tom Holland ("The Impossible")
Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild")
Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild")
Ben Affleck ("Argo")
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
"Central Park Five"