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National Board of Review Picks Top Films, Actors of 2012

I’m not sure what it means in terms of Oscar, since the National Board of Review has only picked two winners in the past (No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire) few years eg: 2011 they went with Hugo and 2010 The Social Network, but they do have taste. NBR was the only major group to award Best Film to undisputed classics like Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath and The Quiet Man, William Wellman’s The Ox-Bow Incident, Vittorio DeSica’s The Bicycle Thief, Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun, Woody Allen’s Manhattan and Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun. So the NBR nod, coupled with its New York Film Critics Circle win, Zero Dark Thirty, with wins today for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress, seems to be edging away from the pack. Of course that could change with the next critics’ organization and their prize-giving.

NBR, whose main purpose is to celebrate “the distinctive voice of the individual artist, honoring excellence and supporting freedom of expression in film” will give out its prizes at a ceremony in New York in January.

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 Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook

Best Original Screenplay: Looper

Best Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph

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 Sugar Man

Best Ensemble: Les Miserables

Spotlight Award: John Goodman (Argo, Flight, ParaNorman, Trouble with the Curve)

NBR Freedom of Expression: The Central Park Five

NBR Freedom of Expression: Promised Land

William K. Everson Film History Award: 50 Years of Bond Films

Top Films (in alphabetical order): Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Promised Land, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

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 Weiwie: 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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