New York critics pick Zero Dark Thirty as best film
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The New York Film Critics Circle on Monday picked action thriller Zero Dark Thirty as best film and gave its top acting honours to Daniel Day-Lewis and Rachel Weisz in the first major movie awards of the season leading up to Hollywood's Oscars.
United States (US) film-maker Kathryn Bigelow won best director for Zero Dark Thirty, based on the decade-long US operation to kill Osama bin Laden and billed as a cinematic look at "the greatest manhunt in history."
Bigelow's film, which stars Jessica Chastain as a young female Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer doggedly pursuing bin Laden for years through a long-forgotten courier, has yet to be released but has already gained buzz in early screenings for critics.
After Monday's nod from the New York film critics, Zero Dark Thirty is positioned as one of the front runners in the race for this year's Academy Awards, the film world's highest honours, which are handed out in February.