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This morning saw the New York Film Critic's Circle fumble with Twitter, but finally announce their awards for 2012's best, marking the first critics' group to bestow their honors. Sometimes bucking against the tide ("The Accidental Tourist" and "Far From Heaven" are among past Best Feature winners), sometimes proving good precursors to the Academy (they matched Best Picture, Director, Actress and Foreign Language feature last year), it's generally deemed to be the first major precursor of awards season. And if this is any indication, Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" could be the one to beat, with the true-story thriller nabbing Best Picture, Best Cinematography for Greig Fraser and Best Director. Also highly touted, Michael Haneke's "Amour" took Best Foreign Language Film a nice boost following its European Film Awards sweep this weekend. Among the surprises, for the first time in the 70+ year history of »

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