‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘Lincoln’ Dominate First Major Film Awards of 2012 Season

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It’s an exciting day for those of us who trust film critics over the Academy: The New York Film Critics Circle has spent the past several hours announcing the winners of its annual awards in the most excruciating way possible — one by one, on Twitter. This year’s biggest honors went to Zero Dark Thirty, which scooped up Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematographer. Lincoln also made out well, with two acting awards (Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Supporting Actress Sally Field) and a Best Screenplay win for Tony Kushner. Considering that both of these movies are likely to get several Oscar nominations, this first major awards announcement of the year may well anticipate what we can come to expect this season. Click through to see the full list of winners.

Best film: Zero Dark Thirty

Best director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Best screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln

Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best actress: Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best foreign language film: Amour

Best animated film: Frankenweenie

Best supporting actor: Matthew McConaughey, Bernie and Magic Mike

Best supporting actress: Sally Field, Lincoln

Best first film: David France, How to Survive a Plague

Best non-fiction film: The Central Park Five

Best cinematographer: Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty