(jacki weaver and robert de niro in "silver linings playbook")Today the Detroit Film Critics Society announced its winners, and they made news by becoming the first critics group of the season to name "Silver Linings Playbook" as its Best Film. They also gave Robert De Niro his first win of the year, as Best Supporting Actor for "Silver Linings Playbook".
Detroit's other awardees fell into line with what is becoming a fairly predictable script: Daniel Day-Lewis as Best Actor for "Lincoln", Jennifer Lawrence as Best Actress for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Anne Hathaway as Best Supporting Actress for "Les Miserables". And as if Detroit hadn't made it clear enough that they really love "Silver Linings Playbook", they also were the first group to name the film's director, David Russell, as Best Director.
Trending? After an intial early run of wins for "Zero Dark Thirty", the Osama Bin Laden film has now lost three Best Picture trophies in a row. Were we too quick to assume that "Zero Dark Thirty" had already won the Oscar? Ask the producers of "The Social Network" about that. In 2010, "The Social Network" won almost every critics award on the planet, only to promptly lose the Best Picture Oscar to "The King's Speech".