Multiple critics groups dole out their best-ofs as Hollywood's awards season kicks off. The Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announce their nominations for the SAGs and the Golden Globe’s, we are starting to get a more solid sense of the 2012 best picture landscape.
Golden Globe has announced their top choice nominees for 2012. Top contender “Zero Dark Thirty” nominated Best picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay category spices up the Oscar race, having a head start and the nod from four prestigious award giving bodies:
*The Boston Online Film Critics- Winner: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress *New York Film Critics Circle- Winner: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography *The National Board of Review- Winner: Best Film of the Year 2012, Best Director and Best Actress *Chicago Film Critics Name 'Zero Dark Thirty' Winner: Best Picture. The group also gave its top Best Director to Kathryn Bigelow, in addition to Best Actress for Jessica Chastain.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globe generates a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Golden Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar’s voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Zero Dark Thirty ,Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook.
Potentially working in “Zero Dark’s” favor, is the fact that it allows audiences to see, in a way that feels as if we’re actually part of Operation Neptune Spear, what happened the night Navy SEALs burst into a compound in Pakistan and captured the most wanted terrorist in the world. In short “Zero Dark Thirty” looks like the movie to beat right now, and the fact that the film as a whole is incredibly well made. At the moment, that landscape is dominated by Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” the intense examination of the nearly decade-long attempt to capture Osama bin Laden.