“Zero Dark Thirty” took picture and director honors from the National Board of Review, matching its wins in the same categories from the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday.
However, “Silver Linings Playbook” snagged adapted screenplay kudos for David O. Russsell and — in something of a surprise — a lead actor prize for Bradley Cooper. Among others, Cooper edged out Daniel Day-Lewis of “Lincoln,” which was shut out by the NBR except for a mention on its top 10 list.
Other interesting choices by the NBR were original screenplay for Rian Johnson’s “Looper” and supporting actress to Ann Dowd of “Compliance.”
A year ago, the NBR gave top awards to “Hugo” and Martin Scorsese for
film and director, along with thesps George Clooney and Shailene Woodley
(“The Descendants”), Tilda Swinton (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) and
Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”). The most recent Oscar best picture
winner that was also tapped by the NBR was “Slumdog Millionaire” in