Bin Laden film starring Joel Edgerton grabs multiple awards

AWARDS season got into full swing on Monday as the New York Film Critics Circle announced their annual awards - an early precursor to the Academy Awards - and did so via Twitter.

Through 12 tweets on the freshly created @NYFCC2012 account, the well-regarded association of 35 New York-based critics founded in 1935 named Kathryn Bigelow's docudrama surrounding the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, the best film of 2012, despite the fact that the film hasn't even been released yet.

The movie, which stars Australian brothers Joel and Nash Edgerton as Navy SEAL team members on the hunt for the terrorist leader, won't hit American screens until December 19 after its release date was pushed back following a controversy regarding the film that swelled during the US election when Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal were forced to deny claims they received classified material for their research.

The delay did not prevent the film winning two of the top honours though as exclusive screenings are held for NYFCC members prior to theatrical release in order to qualify the film for awards consideration, a situation that caused controversy last year when David Fincher reacted explosively to an advance review for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo published by The New Yorker prior to the embargo date for coverage.

Oscar winner Bigelow also took home the Film Critics' award for best director and is now likely to become a front-runner to take home the best director Oscar next year, having won the award previously for The Hurt Locker in 2010.


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