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The National Board of Review has a spotty record at crystalballing the Oscars. However, this year could prove to be different. Two days after the New York Film Critics Circle named "Zero Dark Thirty" as the Best Picture of the year, so did the Nbr. And it cited that film's helmer Kathryn Bigelow as the Best Director too.  Three years ago, the Nbr feted Bigelow but snubbed her film "The Hurt Locker" in favor of "Up in the Air." While that comedy-drama by Jason Reitman was shut out of the Oscars, Bigelow's film about a bomb disposal squad won Best Picture and she became the first woman to win Best Director.  Related: "Zero Dark Thirty" sweeps Nbr Awards Related: Complete list of winners -Insertgroups:5- This year, Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook") might seem like a surprise choice for Best Actor until you consider that  "Lincoln" leading man Daniel Day-Lew. »

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