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By Hannah Soo Park

It hasn't even hit theaters yet, but "Zero Dark Thirty" is already well out of the gates and in the forefront of the awards season race.

Hot on the heels of its Best Picture success at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday, Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden thriller gained even more momentum at Wednesday's National Board of Review Awards. The movie was awarded the top prize, while its star, Jessica Chastain, and Bigelow earned nods as Best Actress and Best Director, respectively.

The docudrama, kept under lock and key until it was revealed in the past few weeks, has either inched ahead or gained on other favorites, like "Les Misérables," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Lincoln," in the big Oscar discussion. And after their major wins this week, Bigelow and Chastain have also officially been pinned by some as "the ones to beat, »

- MTV Movies Team

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