The New York Film Critics Circle, always one to upset the Oscar apple cart, upped the ante Dec. 3, when it awarded its top prize for the best film of 2012 to Zero Dark Thirty.
The honor bestowed upon the much anticipated film from director Kathryn Bigelow gave a huge boost to the movie, which chronicles the raid and killing of Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty is slated to open in Boise Wednesday, Dec. 19. The New York Film Critics Circle, made up of 35 film reviewers, also chose Bigelow as the best director of the year and her cinematographer, Greig Fraser, as the year's best.
Argo reportedly finished second in voting for best picture.
The critics chose Daniel Day-Lewis as the year's best actor for his portrayal of Lincoln and Rachel Weisz as best actress for her work in The Deep Blue Sea.
In Wednesday's Boise Weekly, we offer our own nudges to the Motion Picture Academy as the race for the golden statue begins in earnest.