‘Zero’ scores two more critic prizes

Zero7The Utah Film Critics Assn. and the Black Film Critics Circle each chose “Zero Dark Thirty” as the best picture of 2012. 

Utah spread its honors around, voting Wes Anderson of “Moonrise Kingdom” top director and Rian Johnson (“Looper”) and Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) the best in original and adapted screenplay, respectively.

Lead acting kudos from Utah went to Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”), while lead actress was a tie between Jennifer Lawrence of “Silver Linings Playbook” and Jessica Chastain of “Zero.”

Supporting thesp honors went to Dwight Henry (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) and Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”). Top cinematographer was Roger Deakins of “Skyfall.”

“Headhunters” edged runner-up “Amour” for top foreign-language film, while “Indie Game: The Movie” was named top doc and “ParaNorman” top animated film. 

Despite agreeing on the top film and voting for Chastain as best actress, the 2-year-old Black Film Critics Circle went an almost entirely different direction from Utah on the remaining awards. 

Kathryn Bigelow of “Zero” won best director, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Christoph Waltz were named the top lead and supporting actors. Hathaway won for supporting actress.

Screenplay nods went to Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”) in original and Chris Terrio (“Argo”) in adapted. Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi”) won for top cinematography.

“The Central Park Five,” “The Intouchables” and “Rise of the Guardians” aced documentary, foreign-lanugage film and animated film.

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