‘Zero Dark Thirty’ named best film

Austin American-Statesman - - D MOVIES & LIFE - — Matthew odam

The Austin Film Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion has named Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” the best film of the year. The epic saga that fol­lows the search for Osama bin Laden was writ­ten by Mark Boal and stars Jes­sica Chas­tain. It’s sched­uled to open in Austin on Jan. 11.

Paul Thomas An­der­son won best di­rec­tor for “The Master,” based loosely on Scien­tol­ogy founder L. Ron Hub­bard. The movie also earned awards for Joaquin Phoenix as best ac­tor and Mi­hai Malaimare Jr. for best cine­matog­ra­phy. Di­rec­tor Benh Zeitlin’s fan­tas­ti­cal “Beasts of the South­ern Wild” gar­nered best first film hon­ors, and the young star, Qu­ven­zhané Wal­lis, was awarded the Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Me­mo­rial Break­through Artist Award.

Round­ing out the act­ing awards were best ac­tress Jen­nifer Lawrence for “Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook,” best sup­port­ing ac­tor Christoph Waltz for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Un­chained,” and best sup- port­ing ac­tress Anne Hath­away for “Les Misérables.” “Django Un­chained” and “Les Misérables,” open in Austin on Tues­day.

Richard Lin­klater’s dark com­edy “Bernie” won the best Austin film prize, which the Austin Film So­ci­ety co-founder has won twice be­fore with “Me and Or­son Welles” and “A Scan­ner Darkly.” Lin­klater’s old friend “Bernie” ac­tor Matthew McConaughey re­ceived an honorary award for a year that in­cluded roles in “Magic Mike” and “The Pa­per­boy.”

French film­maker Leos Carax’s sur­re­al­ist dream “Holy Mo­tors” took home best for­eign lan­guage film. Best an­i­mated film went to “Wreck-It Ralph,” and “The Im­poster.” the story of a con man pos­ing as a San An­to­nio teen, won best doc­u­men­tary. Rian John­son won best orig­i­nal screen­play for “Looper,” and Chris Ter­rio won best adapted screen­play for “Argo.”

For the full list of win­ners, visit AustinFilmCrit­ics.org. The Top 10 lists of Amer­i­canS­tates­man film crit­ics will be pub­lished Dec. 28.

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