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Critics Awards: New York Film Critics Circle Announce Winners

The first major critics group was announced today. The New York Film Critics Circle met and decided their awards for this year. The NYFCC is one of the most important precursors in the Oscar race. The group really loved Lincoln. They awarded it Actor, Supporting Actress & Screenplay. Lincoln was always a serious contender and this just reaffirmed it. Despite Lincoln winning quite a few, Zero Dark Thirty took home the top two awards for Picture & Director. That movie is definitely in the race now and could be a spoiler for Best Picture. Rachel Weisz & Matthew McConaughey picked up important wins. McConaughey was in 5th/6th place, but I think that he’s in a much better place now. Weisz still has an uphill battle, but she’s definitely in the race now. [Note: The NYFCC also does runners-up, but those haven’t been revealed yet. I’ll edit the post later and include those. The Critics Award page will be updated also.] [Edit: J. Hoberman revealed some of the runners-up. I tried my best to decode the information. If you find another critic that released some information, let me know and I’ll update the post. Here’s the link to Hoberman’s article. http://blogs.artinfo.com/moviejournal/2012/12/03/life-in-wartime-nyfcc-garlands-zero-dark-thirty-lincoln/]

Best Picture:
Zero Dark Thirty
Runners-Up: Argo and The Master

Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Runners-Up: Ben Affleck, Argo and Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Runners-Up: Jack Black, Bernie; Denis Lavant, Holy Motors; and Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Best Actress:
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Runners-Up: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty; Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook; and Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Best Supporting Actor:
Matthew McConaughey, Bernie and Magic Mike
Runners-Up: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln and Christopher Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Field, Lincoln
Runner-Up: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Best Screenplay:
Lincoln – Tony Kushner
Runners-Up: Moonrise Kingdom and Zero Dark Thirty

Best Animated Film:
Frankenweenie – Tim Burton
Runners-Up: Brave and ParaNorman

Best Foreign-Language Film:
Amour – Michael Haneke
Runners-Up: Holy Motors and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Best Non-Fiction Film:
The Central Park Five – Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon
Runners-Up: The Gatekeepers and This Is Not a Film

Best First Feature:
How to Survive a Plague – David France
Runner-Up: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Cinematography:
Zero Dark Thirty – Greig Fraser
Runner-Up: The Master

Critics Awards: Annie Award Nominations

Also announced today was the Annie Award nominations. These are focused on Animated productions. The category that matters the most here is Best Animated Feature. 8 films were nominations (and all of them are on the Academy’s shortlist). So these are probably the most likely contenders in that category.

Best Animated Feature:
Hotel Transylvania
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Rabbi’s Cat
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph