Zero Dark Thirty continues its winning ways with a Best Picture and Director win from the National Board of Review, two days after taking those categories from the New York Film Critics Circle. Jessica Chastain who plays the intelligence agent who coordinates the hunt for Osama bin Laden also won Best Actress (she's currently starring on Broadway in The Heiress and won a bunch of supporting actress awards and nominations last year for the zillion movies she did in 2011.) Bradley Cooper was named Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook. Leonardo DiCaprio took Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained and Ann Dowd won Supporting Actress for Compliance. Huh? What's Compliance? I saw Ann Dowd in The Seagull on Broadway, but I can't remember her in too much else.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Compliance was at Sundance and concerns an accusation of theft at a convenience store.
The NBR usually makes different picks than the Oscars and sometimes their off-beat winners don't even get nominations.
Let's keep a tally of the film award resuls before the Oscars come out. So far Zero looks like the frontrunner
Picture: Zero Dark Thirty (NBR, NYFCC)
Actor: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook (NBR); Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (NYFCC)
Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (NBR); Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea (NYFCC)
Supp. Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained (NBR); Matthew Maconaughey, Bernie and Magic Mike (NYFCC)
Supp. Actress: Ann Dowd, Compliance (NBR); Sally Field, Lincoln (NYFCC)
Director: Katheryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty (NBR, NYFCC)
NBR=National Board of Review; NYFCC=New York Film Critics Circle