Boston Society of Film Critics Shoot Straight with ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

It was a tough fight, but at the end of the day Zero Dark Thirty still reigned supreme. It’s not for lack of trying, of course. The Boston Society of Film Critics seemed determined from the start to break bravely from the norm. The Master made a strong resurgence back to the race, if in one of the technical races in cinematography. The Best Use of Music category offered a distinct opportunity that saw a deserving winner in Moonrise Kingdom. Ezra Miller’s emphatic turn in The Perks of Being a Wallflower got a delightfully unexpected bump in Supporting Actor. Even the Ensemble award found a unique winner, choosing the widely diverse cast of Seven Psychopaths over more buzzed about flicks.

For the most part, however, it was a rather stationary day of awards when the major ones were concerned. Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tony Kushner took their respective awards for Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty triumphed in Best Picture, Director, and Film Editing. How to Survive a Plague took home awards for Documentary and New Filmmaker, though even I admit I’m more looking forward to Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild follow-up than David France’s next documentary. The runners-up gave a look into some unique choices which just barely missed the cut, including Denis Lavant’s astonishing lead turn in Holy Motors, Argo‘s intense film editing job, and… Deanie Yip for A Simple Life? The Chinese actress may have missed out on the win in favor of Amour‘s devastating performance from Emmanuelle Riva, but Boston critics were clearly ready to go out on a limb for her.

You can take a look at the full list of winners and runners-up below, or at the Boston Society of Film Critics website.

Boston Society of Film Critics
Awards 2012

Best Picture
Zero Dark Thirty
RUNNER-UP: (TIE) Moonrise Kingdom/Amour

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
RUNNER-UP: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

Best Actress
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
RUNNER-UP: Deanie Yip, A Simple Life

Best Supporting Actor
Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
RUNNER-UP: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field, Lincoln
RUNNER-UP: Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
RUNNER-UP: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

Best Screenplay
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
RUNNER-UP: Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom

Best Cinematography
Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master
RUNNER-UP: (TIE) Robert Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom; Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

Best Documentary
How to Survive a Plague
RUNNER-UP: The Queen of Versailles

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour
RUNNER-UP: Holy Motors

Best Animated Film
Frankenweenie
RUNNER-UP: ParaNorman

Best Film Editing
Zero Dark Thirty
RUNNER-UP: Argo

Best New Filmmaker
David France, How to Survive a Plague
RUNNER-UP: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Ensemble Cast
Seven Psychopaths
RUNNER-UP: Moonrise Kingdom

Best Use of Music in Film
Moonrise Kingdom
RUNNER-UP: Django Unchained

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