Monday, December 17, 2012
In second place with four awards was The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's complex drama about an aimless young man in post-war America who falls under the spell of a charismatic leader of a mysterious new movement. For his performance as that leader, Philip Seymour Hoffman was named Best Supporting Actor and as his equally determined wife, Amy Adams was named Best Supporting Actress. In addition, Mihai Milaimare Jr. won the award for Best Cinematography while Jonny Greenwood took the prize for Best Original Score.
Tying for third with two awards each were Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's drama following the efforts of the 16th president to pass an amendment abolishing slavery in the face of enormous odds, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, the visionary low-budget drama about a resourceful six-year-old girl living in a remote Louisiana floodplain who sets off on a journey to find her long-lost mother when her father becomes seriously ill. The former won awards for Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor and Tony Kushner for Adapted Screenplay while the latter took home the Most Promising Filmmaker prize for Benh Zeitlin, who received four individual nominations for his work on the film, and Most Promising Performer for young Quvenzhane Wallis for her extraordinary work in the central role.
Among the other films cited by the group, Amour, the heart-wrenching drama by Michael Haneke chronicling the physical and emotional horrors that befall an aging couple when one is beset by a cruel and debilitating illness, received the prize for Best Foreign-Language Film. Gerald Sullivan and Adam Stockhausen won the newly established Art Direction/Production Design award for their contributions to the whimsical pre-teen romantic comedy Moonrise Kingdom. The Invisible War, the eye-opening film focusing on rape in the military was named Best Documentary and Paranorman, the delightful stop-motion fantasy about an odd young boy with the ability to see and communicate with the dead, won for Best Animated Film.
Now in its 23rd year, the CFCA will be presenting their awards at a ceremony to be held on February 9, 2013.
Winners for the 23rd Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
Zero Dark Thirty
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Master
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Zero Dark Thirty by Mark Boal
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Lincoln by Tony Kushner
BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Invisible War
BEST ANIMATED FILM
The Master - Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Zero Dark Thirty - William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor
BEST ART DIRECTION
Moonrise Kingdom - Adam Stockhausen & Gerald Sullivan
The Master - Jonny Greenwood
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild