5 December 2012 12:33 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

You can debate all day how important the National Board of Review is, as a body of awards-giving film fans or as a factor in the overall awards race. But they're only the second group of critics to announce their film prizes for the year overall, and by rubber-stamping the New York Film Critics Circle's choice for Best Picture, they may have just given us an Oscar frontrunner. The Nbr has named Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty their Best Film, also naming Bigelow Best Director and the film's star Jessica Chastain Best Actress. That's the most honors for any film in their lineup. The Nbr, known for being an older group, made room for plenty of surprises this year, handing Best Actor to Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook and Best Supporting Actress to Ann Dowd, who I'd argue is actually the lead actress in Compliance but who deserves »

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