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Bradley Cooper Tops Day-Lewis As National Board of Review Unveils Winners; 'Zero Dark Thirty' Dominates

Posted by Derrick Deane on December 05, 2012


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

 

Top Films
(in alphabetical order)

ARGO

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

DJANGO UNCHAINED

LES MISÉRABLES

LINCOLN

LOOPER

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

PROMISED LAND

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

 

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(In Alphabetical Order)

BARBARA

THE INTOUCHABLES

THE KID WITH A BIKE

NO

WAR WITCH

 

Top 5 Documentaries
(In Alphabetical Order)

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

DETROPIA

THE GATEKEEPERS

THE INVISIBLE WAR

ONLY THE YOUNG

 

Top 10 Independent Films
(In Alphabetical Order)

ARBITRAGE

BERNIE

COMPLIANCE

END OF WATCH

HELLO I MUST BE GOING

LITTLE BIRDS

MOONRISE KINGDOM

ON THE ROAD

QUARTET

SLEEPWALK WITH ME

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Comment from: AnthonyA
I'm not seeing Joaquin Phoenix's name mentioned in the best actor category? I'm stunned. since his portrayal is at least as good, if not better, than the others. It certainly deserves inclusion on the list of nominees. Makes me think the whole awards thing is just a popularity contest among bandwagoners! And while we're at it, how about Philip Seymour Hoffman in the same movie, "The Master"?
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