A couple of days after Kathryn Bigelow’s film scored top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, Zero Dark Thirty nabs another win. The National Board of Review bestows Best Film honors to the Osama bin Laden movie. Bigelow also won for Best Director. Is Zero Dark Thirty the film to beat at the upcoming Academy Awards? It’s certainly a contender, but keep this in mind. The last time the NBR picked the eventual Oscar Best Film winner was back in 2008 when Slumdog Millionaire danced its way to the podium.

Zero Dark Thirty also earned an award in one of the acting categories. Jessica Chastain who plays a CIA agent on the hunt for bin Laden won Best Actress. Bradley Cooper beat out Oscar frontrunner Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) for Best Actor for his work in Silver Linings Playbook. On the supporting front, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ann Dowd were honored for Django Unchained and Compliance respectively.

Out of all the winners, the one I’m most ecstatic about is Tom Holland’s win in the Breakthrough Actor category. I literally just walked out of a screening for The Impossible and can’t say enough great things about Holland. He was EVERYTHING in that film. The trailers made it look like it was all about Ewan McGregor, but it wasn’t. The entire movie is an acting tour de force from Holland and Naomi Watts. Definitely check out this film. Be warned: bring lots of tissues. I cried at least ten times. Check out the rest of the winners below.

2012 National Board of Review Winners

  • Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, Compliance
  • 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: Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
  • Best Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man
  • William K. Everson Film History Award: 50 Years of Bond Films
  • Best Ensemble: Les Miserables
  • Spotlight Award: John Goodman (Argo, Flight, Paranorman, Trouble With The Curve)
  • NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Central Park Five
  • NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Promised Land

Best Picture Nominees (alphabetical)

  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Looper
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Promised Land
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Foreign Language Nominees (alphabetical)

  • Barbara
  • The Intouchables
  • The Kid with a Bike
  • No
  • War Witch

Best Documentary Nominees (alphabetical)

  • Al Weiwei
  • Detropia
  • The Gatekeepers
  • The Invisible War
  • Only the Young

Best Independent Films (alphabetical)

  • Arbitrage
  • Bernie
  • Compliance
  • End of Watch
  • Hello, I Must Be Going
  • Little Birds
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • On the Road
  • Quartet
  • Sleepwalk with Me