The National Board of Review has named “Zero Dark Thirty” as the Best Film of 2012. Kathryn Bigelow and Jessica Chastain also took awards for Best Director and Best Actress, respectively.
Other acting awards went to Bradley Cooper for Best Actor in “Silver Linings Playbook”, Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Supporting Actor in “Django Unchained”, and Ann Dowd for Best Supporting Actress in “Compliance”.
“Wreck-It Ralph” took Best Animated Feature, “Searching for Sugarman” took Best Documentary, and “Amour” took Best Forign Language Feature. “Looper” and “Silver Linings Playbook” took Best Original and Adapted Screenplay respectively,
Rounding awards out, “Les Miserables” took Best Ensemble, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” won Best Directorial Debut and Breakthrough Actress, Tom Holland won Breakthrough Actor in “The Impossible”, and Ben Affleck scored a Special Achievement in Filmmaking award for “Argo”.
With the NBR though, the single most important thing is their ‘Top 10’ films of the year lists.
For 2012 the main list was: Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Looper, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Promised Land and Silver Linings Playbook.
Their top 10 indie films were: Arbitrage, Bernie, Compliance, End of Watch, Hello I Must Be Going, Little Birds, Moonrise Kingdom, On the Road, Quartet and Sleepwalk With Me.