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Zero Dark Thirty named best film by National Board of Review

Zero Dark Thirty

Story by Jack Foley

KATHRYN Bigelow could be poised for double Oscar success now that Zero Dark Thirty, her follow-up to The Hurt Locker has been named best film of 2012 by the National Board of Review.

The recognition comes hot on the heels of the film being named top film by the New York Film Critics’ Circle on Monday.

The film, about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, also picked up a director prize for Bigelow and a lead actress award for its leading lady, Jessica Chastain.

In other awards handed out by the NBR, Bradley Cooper took best leading man for Silver Linings Playbook, which also took a second prize for best adapted screenplay for director David O. Russell.

Leonardo DiCaprio picked up best supporting actor for Django Unchained, while Ann Dowd was named best supporting actress for Compliance.

The best original screenplay award went to Rian Johnson’s Looper and Wreck-It Ralph was named best animated feature.

Ben Affleck’s Argo earned recognition for special achievement in filmmaking, while his co-star in the film, John Godman, was given the spotlight award for his work in that and other performances in Flight, Paranorman and Trouble With the Curve.

Breakthrough acting honours were bestowed upon Tom Holland for The Impossible and Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild, while Beasts director Benh Zeitlin was also recognised for top directorial debut.

Les Miserables was awarded a best ensemble prize.

The awards for best foreign language film and best documentary went to Michael Haneke’s Amour and Searching For Sugar Man respectively.

In addition to naming Zero Dark Thirty best film, the NBR also listed its remaining top films of the year in alphabetical order. These were…

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Promised Land
Silver Linings Playbook