'Zero Dark Thirty' named best film of 2012 by National Board of Review

Washington, Dec 6 (ANI): Kathryn Bigelow's drama 'Zero Dark Thirty,' about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, was named the best film of the year by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures on Wednesday.

The movie, set to open in limited release December 19, took home two other top prizes, as Bigelow was deemed best director and star Jessica Chastain was given the lead actress award, LA Times reported.

It's been a good week for the movie, which this week also received the highest honors from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Best actor of the year went to Bradley Cooper for his portrayal of a man struggling with bipolar disorder in 'Silver Linings Playbook.'

Leonardo DiCaprio won supporting actor as a plantation owner in 'Django Unchained,' and Ann Dowd was named best supporting actress for playing a fast-food restaurant manager in 'Compliance.'

The National Board of Review, founded in 1909, describes itself as a "select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students.

Group members viewed over 250 films to make this year's selections, which include 'Argo,' 'Lincoln' and 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' as among the top movies of 2012.

The NBR awards will be presented January 8 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Other winners announced Wednesday are:

Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, 'Looper'

Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Best Animated Feature: 'Wreck-It Ralph'

Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck, 'Argo'

Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland, 'The Impossible'

Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhane Wallis, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Best Foreign Language Film: 'Amour'

Best Documentary: 'Searching for Sugar Man' (ANI)

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