10 December 2012 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Academy Award favourites were unleashed last night at the Critics Awards as Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty collected Best Picture both at New York and Chicago’s inaugural ceremonies. New York also honoured screenwriter Mark Boal for Best Screenplay. Los Angeles, on the other hand, made a different cut and stirred a little more Oscars debate when they asserted Michael Haneke’s Amour as their own Best Picture.

Daniel Day-Lewis’ title role in Spielberg’s Lincoln stepped down to make way for Joaquin Phoenix’s role in The Master for the Best Actor gong. Amy Adams for Supporting Actress and Paul Thomas Anderson for Director managed to swipe even more victories for The Master.

Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva cleared all three Critics’ boards deservedly for her astonishing performance, except in La where she shares a tie with Silver Linings Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence. Daniel Day-Lewis received two Acting gongs »

- Sam Gilbert

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