The New York Film Critics Circle revealed their winners today. They’re the first of the major critic awards to do so. Historically, they have a so-so record when it comes to correctly predicting Oscar winners. With that said, NYFCC’s annual list is very important because it could highlight an otherwise forgotten film or build momentum for a film’s chances at all the upcoming awards to follow.

Last year, this group correctly chose Meryl Streep (Best Actress), The Artist (Best Picture) and Michel Hazanavicius (Best Director). Will they fare better or worse this year. I’m sure Kathryn Bigelow and Steven Spielberg are hoping they’re bang on. Both director’s films nabbed multiple honors. Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln both scored three wins each.

The most surprising nod for me was for Matthew McConaughey. The 43-year-old actor won Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Bernie and Magic Mike. This is the second time McConaughey has been honored for his work in the stripper flick. Last week, the Independent Spirit Awards gave him Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations for Killer Joe and Magic Mike respectively. Will showing off his abs and butt finally earn Matthew an Oscar statue? He’s certainly generating some serious buzz with all these acknowledgements. Check out all the other winners below.

2012 New York Film Critics Circle Winners

  • Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
  • Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie
  • Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey for Bernie and Magic Mike
  • Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Best Cinematography: Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Non-Fiction Film: The Central Park Five
  • Best First Feature: How to Survive a Plague