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Set to premiere in the nation’s capital, Zero Dark Thirty got the party started in Washington, D.C. a few weeks early.
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal‘s drama about the decadelong search for Osama bin Laden was named the year’s best film by the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association on Monday, marking the second time they’ve won that award. Their last movie, 2009’s war picture The Hurt Locker, also was named best film.
“In a year full of strong films,” WAFCA president Tim Gordon said, “director Kathryn Bigelow’s bold and audacious vision, represented in our best picture winner, is the perfect political story for our members in the District of Columbia. This story, told with steely, cold effectiveness, is a worthy entry into WAFCA’s best picture canon and a cinematic achievement that we are proud to honor.”
The win continues the film’s hot streak, which began last week with best film wins from the New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review, Boston Film Critics and New York Online Critics. Bigelow was named best director, continuing her sweep of the category.
Star Jessica Chastain, who plays a dogged young CIA agent obsessed with finding the terrorist mastermind, took home best actress, adding to a collection that also includes a statuette from the NBR.
Also continuing his momentum toward Oscar was Daniel Day-Lewis, who took home best actor honors for his portrayal of the 16th president in Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln. He has won NRB, NYCFF, NYCO and Boston critics honors, as well.
Anne Hathaway earned best supporting actress for her role in Les Miserables, while Philip Seymour Hoffman notched a best supporting actor win for his work as a charismatic cult leader in The Master.
Here is the full list of winners:
Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Best Supporting Actor:
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Best Supporting Actress:
Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Best Acting Ensemble:
Best Adapted Screenplay:
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Original Screenplay:
Rian Johnson (Looper)
Best Animated Feature:
Best Foreign Language Film:
Best Art Direction:
Uli Hanisch, Hugh Bateup – Production Designers; Peter Walpole, Rebecca Alleway – Set Decorators (Cloud Atlas)
Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
Jonny Greenwood (The Master)
The Joe Barber Award for Best Youth Performance:
(Beasts of the Southern Wild)
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