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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Oscar, We Have a Frontrunner

Well, it didn't take long.  Less than one week into the season's film awards, we already have a frontrunner for the Oscar.  Only two major critics awards have been handed out, and "Zero Dark Thirty", which tells the story of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, has just won its second Best Picture award in a row.

Today the National Board of Review announced its favorite films and actors for the year, and in addition to naming "Zero Dark Thirty" as Best Picture, the New York group also named Kathryn Bigelow as Best Director, also marking her second win in a row.  We-thinks Miss Bigelow had better open her laptop and start typing up an acceptance speech.  She's probably going to need it a few times this awards season.

For Best Actor, The NBR named Bradley Cooper, for "Silver Linings Playbook", and also for "Zero Dark Thirty", Jessica Chastain was named Best Actress.  Just two years ago, Chastain was a completely unknown actress, but she burst onto the Hollywood scene in a handful of notable movies, nabbing a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for one of her first big films, ("The Help").  And in almost no time, she's not only become the frontrunner for Oscar glory, but also one of the hottest actors in the business.  Boy, when this town falls in love, it falls hard, right?

Leonardo DiCaprio was named Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained", and another relatively unknown actress, Ann Dowd, was awarded the Best Supporting Actress trophy for an unknown film, "Compliance".

r.- ann dowd in "compliance"

The Awards tally so far:
Best Picture:  Zero Dark Thirty (2 wins)
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (2 wins)
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Bradley Cooper (1 win each)
Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain (1 win each)
Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio (1 win each)
Supporting Acress: Sally Field, Ann Dowd (1 win each)

(jessica chastain in "zero dark thirty")

Next up:  On Friday, the Los Angeles critics name their film winners for the year, and on we go!

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