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New York Film Critics' award Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln

Zero Dark Thirty

Story by Jack Foley

KATHRYN Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln emerged as the big winners at The New York Film Critics’ Circle awards on Monday (December 3, 2012).

Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning Iraq drama The Hurt Locker is based on the 10-year hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

It was named best film of 2012 with Bigelow crowned best director.

Lincoln took three prizes, including best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis for his Oscar-tipped role as the American president.

The awards were announced on Twitter.

The New York Film Critics’ Circle awards are the first major movie awards in the season leading up to the Oscars and their results means that Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln are both firmly positioned as heavyweight contenders for Academy Award glory.

Also tipped from Zero Dark Thirty is Jessica Chastain, who plays a young CIA officer who has pursued Bin Laden for years through a long-forgotten courier.

She actually missed out on the NY Critics’ Circle Award for best actress, though, as they opted for Rachel Weisz for her portrayal of Hester Collyer in the romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea from director Terence Davies.

Another of Lincoln‘s awards, meanwhile, went to Sally Field for best supporting actress, while the film also took best screenplay.

Matthew McConaughey won best supporting actor for his roles in the raunchy comedy Magic Mike and Richard Linklater’s Bernie.

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie won best animated feature, while Austrian director Michael Haneke’s Amour was named best foreign language film.

The New York based film critics organisation comprises members from newspapers, magazines and some online publications.

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony on January 7, 2013.

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