December 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It was a big day for various film critics’ groups around the country announcing their year-end bests, and some of our favorite rising stars got a bit of a boost in their quest for Oscar gold. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Film Critics Society and the New York Film Critics Online all announced their winners today, while down in San Diego, they released their list of nominees, which also yielded some interesting results.
After having some of her front-runner status chiseled away by Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”, who won the National Board of Review, and is part of the film that is winning just about every Best Picture race thus far, Jennifer Lawrence got a bit of her momentum back for her performance in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” – the LA Film Critics awarded her Best Actress, in a tie with French actress Emmauelle Riva for “Amour.”
LA also awarded Best Supporting Actor to “Beast of the Southern Wild” actor Dwight Henry, who needed the boost to remind voters that he, too, gave an impressive performance in Behn Zeitlin’s Sundance breakout feature. Thus far, all of the buzz has been linked to the film’s star, nine year old Quvenzhane Wallis, who decisively took home the Best Breakthrough Award from NYFCO today, and is a near lock for a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
Also getting a bit of a much needed boost today was the young supporting cast of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, one of our favorite movies of the year, who will need all the help they can get if they hope to crack through the Top Five of any acting categories come Oscar time. The Boston Society of Film Critics clearly loved the film and its stellar cast, handing Best Supporting Actor to Ezra Miller, while Best Supporting Actress hopeful Emma Watson lost to Sally Field for “Lincoln” by one vote. Watson was recognized again by the San Diego Film Critics Society, who nominated her in the category alongside a very young field that also included Rebel Wilson for “Pitch Perfect” and Samantha Barks for “Les Miserables.”
Full lists of winners and nominees can be viewed below.