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Drama about the killing of Osama bin Laden won three top prizes, including best film and best director

Kathryn Bigelow's film Zero Dark Thirty, about the killing of Osama bin Laden, took a small step towards Oscars success last night after taking three top prizes at the New York Film Critics Circle awards.

The Hurt Locker director's chronicle of the decade-long search for the Al Qaida leader won best film of 2012, while Bigelow herself took best director and Greig Fraser won the cinematography award. Zero Dark Thirty, which was conceived prior to the Us navy seal raid on Bin Laden's compound in northern Pakistan in May 2011, was at the centre of a high-profile Us political row earlier this year over claims by the Republican party that Barack Obama's administration shared information with the production team. Written by Bigelow and her Oscar-winning Hurt Locker collaborator Mark Boal, it hopes »

- Ben Child

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