2012 National Board Of Review Award Winners


Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Zero Dark Thirty are riding the crest of a rather awesome wave right now. Yeah, someone really did use that saying in a conversation with me once. But let’s leave Sussex sensibilities behind for a minute and focus on Bigelow and Zeitlin.

Things are going pretty swimmingly for the pair, with Bigelow fresh off her NYFCC win, Zeitlin winning yet another accolade for his direction and both receiving prizes for their leading ladies.

It’s great to see Looper receiving Best Original Screenplay, but the money’s still on Moonrise Kingdom, especially when the Academy seem to keep sci-fi offerings reserved to the technical fields. But I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed for more Rian Johnson nominations and it’s brilliant to see it make their top ten, as it’ll definitely make my list of the best 2012’s had to offer.

Talking of their top ten, indie offerings sit alongside Oscar frontrunners, with The Perks Of Being A Wallflower getting a very deserved mention.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Film:

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director:

Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor:

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress:

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Best Supporting Actor:

Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress:

Ann Dowd – Compliance

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Original Screenplay:


Best Animated Feature:

Wreck-It Ralph

Breakthrough Actor:

Tom Holland – The Impossible

Breakthrough Actress:

Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Best Directorial Debut:

Benh Zeitlin – Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Best Foreign Language Film:


Best Documentary:

Searching For Sugar Man

Best Ensemble:

Les Miserables

Spotlight Award:

John Goodman – Argo, Flight, ParaNorman, Trouble With The Curve

NBR Freedom Of Expression:

The Central Park Five

NBR Freedom Of Expression:

Promised Land

William K. Everson Film History Award:

50 Years Of Bond Films

Top Films (in alphabetical order):

Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Promised Land
Silver Linings Playbook

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order):

The Kid With A Bike
War Witch

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order):

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
The Gatekeepers
The Invisible War
Only The Young

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order):

End Of Watch
Hello I Must Be Going
Little Birds
Moonrise Kingdom
On The Road
Sleepwalk With Me

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