3 December 2012 2:21 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

For the first time in the last few years, there's no clear frontrunner for all awards as critics groups begin handing out their prizes-- unlike last year, when The Artist ran roughshod all over the season, or when The Social Network and The King's Speech duked it out two years ago, there are half a dozen films that could be legitimately considered Oscar frontrunners. Today the New York Film Critics Circle was the first critic's group to give some shape to the race, naming Zero Dark Thirty-- Kathryn Bigelow's masterfully tense drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden-- their Best Picture of the Year. They also tapped Bigelow as their Best Director, cutting off what had looked like a sweep for Lincoln, which won Best Screenplay for Tony Kushner, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, and Best Supporting Actress for Sally Field. Many of the group's other picks »

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