NBR Awards for 2012

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NBR Awards for 2012
Best Film
ZERO DARK THIRTY

Best Foreign Language Film
AMOUR

Best Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson, LOOPER

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY

Best Adapted Screenplay
David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Best Animated Feature
WRECK-IT RALPH

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY

Best Directorial Debut
Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

Best Documentary
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Best Ensemble
LES MISÉRABLES
Best Supporting Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, DJANGO UNCHAINED

Best Supporting Actress
Ann Dowd, COMPLIANCE

Breakthrough Performance Actor
Tom Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE

Breakthrough Performance Actress
Quvenzhané Wallis BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

NBR Freedom of Expression
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE

NBR Freedom of Expression
PROMISED LAND

Special Achievement in Filmmaking
Ben Affleck, ARGO

Spotlight Award
John Goodman (ARGO, FLIGHT, PARANORMAN, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE)

Top 10 Independent Films
(In Alphabetical Order) ARBITRAGE, BERNIE, COMPLIANCE, END OF WATCH, HELLO I MUST BE GOING, LITTLE BIRDS, MOONRISE KINGDOM, ON THE ROAD, QUARTET, SLEEPWALK WITH ME

Top 5 Documentaries
(In Alphabetical Order) AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, DETROPIA, THE GATEKEEPERS, THE INVISIBLE WAR, ONLY THE YOUNG

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(In Alphabetical Order) BARBARA, THE INTOUCHABLES, THE KID WITH A BIKE, NO, WAR WITCH

Top Films
(in alphabetical order) ARGO, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD,DJANGO UNCHAINED, LES MISÉRABLES, LINCOLN, LOOPER, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, PROMISED LAND, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

William K. Everson Award For Film History
50 YEARS OF BOND FILMS

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Dear Irene Cho, I will miss your energy and passion; your optimism and joy; your kindness towards friends, colleagues, strangers, struggling filmmakers, or anyone who randomly crossed your path and needed a hand. My brothers and I have long considered you another sibling in our family. Our holiday photos – both western and eastern – have you among all the cousins, in-laws, and kids… in the snow, sun, opening presents, at large dinner gatherings, playing Monopoly, breaking out pomegranate seeds and teaching us all how to dance Gangnam style. Your friendship and loyalty meant a great deal to me: you were the loudest cheerleader when I experienced victories and you were always ready with sushi when I had disappointments. You had endless crazy ideas which always seemed impossible but you would will them into existence. (Like that time you called me and suggested that we host a brunch for newly elected mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti because “he is going to president one day.” We didn’t have enough time or funding, of course, only your desire to do it. So you did, and I followed.) You created The Daily Buzz from nothing and it survived on your steam in spite of many setbacks because you believed in a platform for emerging filmmakers from all nations. Most of all, you were a wonderful mother to your son, Ethan, a devoted wife to your husband, and a wonderful sibling and daughter to your family. We will all miss how your wonderful smile and energy lit up the room and our lives. Rest in peace, Irene.
~ Rose Kuo Remembers Irene Cho on Facebook

“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas