The National Board of Review has stoked the Zero Dark Thirty flame, joining the New York Film Critics Circle in naming the film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden the best film of 2012. Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow (who previously won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker), also picked up best director kudos and a best actress award for Jessica Chastain.
Bradley Cooper was named best actor for his performance in Silver Linings Playbook, which also won the National Board of Review's best adapted screenplay award.
The National Board of Review is a group of film academics, critics, students and professionals founded in 1909.
Up next, the Los Angeles Film Critics will announce their choices for the year's best this coming Sunday, Dec. 9, and Golden Globe nominations will be unveiled Thursday, Dec. 13.