(NEW YORK) — Zero Dark Thirty, the new movie from Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow that tells the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has been named the best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle.
The group also named Bigelow best director of the year.
In 2009, the Critics Circle named The Hurt Locker best picture and Bigelow best director -– honors that were duplicated at the Academy Awards.
Zero Dark Thirty, which stars Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt and Joel Edgerton, opens nationwide on Dec. 19.
The New York Film Critics Circle named Daniel Day-Lewis best actor for his title role in Lincoln and Rachel Weiss best actress for the film Deep Blue Sea.
Filmmaker Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie was named best animated film.
The awards, which were announced on Monday, will be handed out during a ceremony on Jan. 7.
The awards season is now shifting into high gear. The National Board of Review will announce its winners Wednesday and the Los Angeles Film Critics will reveal its picks on Sunday. The Academy Award nominations will be announced on Jan. 10. The Oscars will be handed out on Feb. 24.
Here’s a rundown of the major NY Film Critics Circle winners:
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