’Tis the season for Oscar frontrunners to appear.
Several critics’ groups handed out honors over the weekend. The New York Online and Boston film critics honored the Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller Zero Dark Thirty and its director, Kathryn Bigelow. The movie opens Jan. 11 in Miami. Both groups named Daniel Day Lewis for best actor in Lincoln, while the Boston critics honored Sally Field and the New York critics chose Tommy Lee Jones for supporting performances in the film. Both groups gave the award for best actress to Emmanuelle Riva of Amour.
Boston critics chose The Perks of Being a Wallflower’s Ezra Miller for best supporting actor, while the New York Online critics chose Anne Hathaway as best supporting actress for Les Miserables.
The Master and Amour headlined the Los Angeles Film Critics awards. Joaquin Phoenix won best actor and Amy Adams won best supporting actress for the film about a charismatic cultist (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Paul Thomas Anderson also won for best director, but Amour was named best picture, and its star Riva tied with Jennifer Lawrenc e ( Silver Linings Playbook) for best actress. Best supporting actor went to Dwight Henry from Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Last week, the National Board of Review chose the following winners: Zero Dark Thirty for best picture; Bigelow for best director; Bradley Cooper ( Silver Linings Playbook) for best actor; Jessica Chastain ( Zero Dark Thirty) best actress; Leonardo Di Caprio ( Django Unchained) best supporting actor; Ann Dowd ( Compliance) for best supporting actress.