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Critics' prizes confirm 'Zero Dark Thirty' as Oscar favorite

Jessica Chastain stars in "Zero Dark Thirty."

Story highlights

  • Both the Boston and New York Online critics honored "Zero Dark Thirty" as the year's best
  • Screenwriter Mark Boal was recognized for best screenplay by the New York group
  • "The Master" and "Amour" dominated the Los Angeles Film Critics awards
"Zero Dark Thirty" and Kathryn Bigelow won major critics' prizes on Sunday, confirming the Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller as an Oscar frontrunner.
Both the Boston and New York Online critics honored the movie as the year's best, and screenwriter Mark Boal was recognized for best screenplay by the New York group. But it was two other films -- "The Master" and "Amour" — that dominated the Los Angeles Film Critics awards to insert themselves in to the Oscar conversation. Joaquin Phoenix upset "Lincoln's" Daniel Day-Lewis for best actor and Amy Adams won for best supporting actress. Paul Thomas Anderson also won for best director, and the film was named the runner-up for best picture.
The Los Angeles critics named Amour best picture, and actress Emmanuelle Riva tied with Jennifer Lawrence for best actress, completing a sweep of today's critics' awards for the 85-year-old French actress.
"Lincoln" fared well also, with Day-Lewis taking home two acting prizes, and Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones winning awards for their supporting performances. Screenwriter Tony Kushner was recognized by the Boston Society critics.
BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS
Best film: Zero Dark Thirty
Best director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best actress: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Best supporting actor: Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Best supporting actress: Sally Field, Lincoln
Best ensemble cast: Seven Psychopaths
Best animated film: Frankenweenie
Best documentary: How to Survive a Plague
Best foreign-language film: Amour
Best screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Best cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr., The Master
Best editing: William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, Zero Dark Thirty
Best use of music in a film: Moonrise Kingdom
Best new filmmaker: David France, How to Survive a Plague
NEW YORK FILM CRITICS ONLINE
Best picture: Zero Dark Thirty
Best director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best actress: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Best supporting actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best ensemble cast: Argo
Best animated film: Chico and Rita
Best foreign language film: Amour
Best documentary: The Central Park Five
Best screenplay: Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Best cinematography: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Best use of music: Django Unchained
Best debut director: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Breakthrough performance: Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS
Best picture: Amour (Runner-up: The Master)
Best director: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master (Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty)
Best actor: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master (Runner-up: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors)
Best actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook and Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Best supporting actor: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild (Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained)
Best supporting actress: Amy Adams, The Master (Runner-up: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables and The Dark Knight Rises)
Best animated film: Frankenweenie (Runner-up: It's Such a Beautiful Day)
Best foreign-language film: Holy Motors (Runner-up: Footnote)
Best documentary: The Gatekeepers (Runner-up: Searching for Sugar Man)
Best screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo (Runner-up: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook)
Best cinematography: Roger Deakins, Skyfall (Runner-up: Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master)
Best editing: Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty (Runner-up: William Goldenberg, Argo)
Best music score: Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild (Runner-up: Jonny Greenwood, The Master)
Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: Leviathan
New Generation Award: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild