The National Board of Review named "Zero Dark Thirty" Best Picture while its helmer Kathryn Bigelow won her second Best Director prize from this New York based awards group. These wins come two days after the docudrama about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden won both these prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle.
Three years ago, Bigelow won Best Director from the NBR for "The Hurt Locker" but the film lost Best Picture to "Up in the Air." Both Bigelow and her movie went on to win at the Oscars.
Bradley Cooper pulled off an upset in Best Actor, winning for "Silver Linings Playbook." All the buzz this season has focused on his co-star Jennifer Lawrence who lost Best Actress to "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain. Both these women had been bested at the NYFCC by Rachel Weisz ("The Deep Blue Sea").
Cooper's surprise win means that "Lincoln" leading man Daniel Day-Lewis, who won over the NYFCC, remains without a lead acting prize from this group. While he claimed the 1986 supporting award for his performances in both "My Beautiful Launderette" and "A Room With a View," he did not prevail for either of his Oscar-winning roles in 1989's "My Left Foot" (Morgan Freeman won for "Driving Miss Daisy") or 2007's "There Will Be Blood" (George Clooney won for "Michael Clayton").
Leonardo DiCaprio ("Django Unchained") picked up a second Supporting Actor award, to join the one he won in 1993 for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." And character actress Ann Dowd won for her featured performance in "Compliance."
The screenplay awards went to Rian Johnson for his original script for "Looper" and director David O. Russell for his adaption of "Silver Linings Playbook."
"Les Miserables," which made it onto the top 10 list, won Best Ensemble.
The awards will be presented on Jan. 10 at Gotham's Cipriani 42nd Street.
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