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And, of course, the nuance of depicting torture in the film
NEW YORK -- As the stage lights dim at the Walter Kerr Theatre, signaling an act break for "The Heiress," actress Jessica Chastain gets up off the floor and exits stage left. She sniffles back the tears she effortlessly manifested for the previous scene, preparing for the next act. Her character, Catherine, is frail, emotional, precious, and at the end of this act, burdened by the unloving eye of her father and twisted-up passion for a would-be beau. One can't help but think, "Maya would never be in this position."
Maya is Chastain's character in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," a dense and principled account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. She's driven, single-minded, seemingly without emotion, save for the tears she can finally shed when her mission is over. It's a fascinating foil to Catherine, who spends the entirety of "The Heiress" moving to a place of rigid, emotionless resolve. And so while on the stage Chastain is performing a fragile character's journey of clenching up, strengthening and hardening, on the screen she's performing a hardened character's journey of releasing, letting go and softening.
'The Master' picked up three awards, however
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"Zero Dark Thirty" remains on top of the critics awards haul today with another Best Picture nod, this time from the Austin Film Critics Association. Oddly, though, the film won nothing else. "The Master" seemed to be more of a favorite, taking Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography. Check out the full list of winners below and, well, you know -- The Circuit.
'Zero Dark Thirty' wins Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay
Daniel Day-Lewis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Lincoln"
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After sitting idly by and watching films like "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo" reap most of the critics' Best Picture awards, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" finally has one of its own, from the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association. The film won Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in addition to Best Picture, but fell to Kathryn Bigelow in the Best Director category. Check out the full list (ranked through runners-up) below, and keep track of the season via The Circuit.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain also win...again
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The Florida Film Critics Circle has joined a recent build for Ben Affleck's "Argo" in the critics awards circuit, handing the film Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay honors. Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain added to their lead actor and actress haul, while Philip Seymour Hoffman and Anne Hathaway were singled out in the supporting ranks. Check out the full list of winners below, and keep track of the season via The Circuit.
'Beasts,' 'Pi' fend off 'Lincoln,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' in Film of the Year field
Michael Fassbender received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for "Prometheus."
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The London Film Critics' Circle joined their American counterparts today in announcing their nominations, and I think they did rather a good job. Then again, I would say that: I'm one of the voters. And it's pretty clear which films we responded to most as a collective: Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Michael Haneke's "Amour" handily lead the field with seven nominations each, including a trio of acting nods apiece.
A number of US critics' favorites, however, fell short: "Lincoln" was confined to the acting categories alone, while "Zero Dark Thirty" managed nods for Best Director, Screenplay and Actress, but just missed out in the Film of the Year category, which was filled out with "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Life of Pi." (It's perhaps coincidental but nonetheless interesting that both are dramas centered very much on US political concerns -- are Brits simply less invested? It'll be interesting to see how BAFTA respond.)
2012 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
Denis Lavant in "Holy Motors."
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As you'd expect from a city boasting one of the world's major film festivals, the Toronto Film Critics Association is one of the most discerning and unconventional groups on the block, and so they've again proved with their 2012 picks. Continuing its recent mini-run of critics' prizes, "The Master" takes another Best Picture prize, also nabbing Best Director, Screenplay and Supporting Actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Also: A.O. Scott declares 'Amour,' and Jeunet's 'Life of Pi'
Sam Riley on "On the Road."
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I'm not sure of Steve Pond's assertion that the adapted screenplay race is significantly "more crowded and competitive" than the original one this year, but I do like his point that judging adaptations can entail a different set of considerations than with originals (one reason I think the Academy gets it right, where many other awards don't, with separate categories). This year's crop, he suggests, "should be judged the same way diving competitions are: with one score for how artful the film is, the other for the degree of difficulty." With several films this year taking on source material once widely tagged with the "unfilmable" label, from "Cloud Atlas" to "On the Road" to "Lie of Pi," Pond talks to the screenwriters who gave the lie to that curious adjective. [The Wrap]
Yet more honors for Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence
John Goodman and Alan Arkin in "Argo."
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The Southeastern Film Critics' Association have thrown their favorites in the mix, and there remains a pleasing lack of consensus between these groups in the Best Picture department. "Argo" notches up another win here, also taking wins for Best Director and Screenplay. Oscar favorites Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence add to their already groaning trophy cabinets, while the most distinctive prize in the list is the Gene Wyatt Award for the film that "best embodies the spirit of the South." The handily-titled "Beasts of the Southern Wild" beat "Bernie" to the punch, though I wonder how many votes "The Paperboy" got. Full list of winners after the jump; check out everything else at The Circuit.
Bradley Cooper and Daniel Day-Lewis tie for Best Actor
Well if you were looking for someone, anyone, to just go the least bit against the grain, the Indiana Film Journalists Association is here to save the day. After announcing nominees last week, the group has handed Best Picture honors to Colin Trevorrow's "Safety Not Guaranteed," making it just one more film to win such honors in a year that is spreading the love quite a bit. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.
And a tie for Best Supporting Actress