'Lincoln' named best film of 2012 by DFW critics

Posted 10:44am on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

The Dallas Fort Worth Critics Association has chosen Steven Spielberg's Lincoln as the best film of the year.

The results of the survey of 30 broadcast, print and online journalists in North Texas, released Wednesday, showed Ben Affleck's Argo and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty right on Lincoln's heels as the second and third favorite films. Rounding out the top 10 are: Life of Pi; Les Miserables; Moonrise Kingdom; Silver Linings Playbook; Skyfall; The Master; and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Lincoln also took the Best Actor nod for Daniel Day-Lewis' title role, the Best Supporting Actor honor for Tommy Lee Jones, and the Best Supporting Actress for Sally Field. But Zero Dark Thirty received a lot of love too as Bigelow came in first for Best Director and Jessica Chastain was named Best Actress.

The French drama Amour won for Foreign-Language Film, the music-themed Searching for Sugar Man took the top spot for Best Documentary, and ParaNorman was named Best Animated Film.

Here's how it all broke down:

Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis ( Lincoln); Joaquin Phoenix ( The Master); John Hawkes ( The Sessions); Hugh Jackman ( Les Miserables); Denzel Washington ( Flight).

Actress: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty); Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook); Helen Mirren (Hitchcock); Emmanuelle Riva (Amour); and a tie between Quvenzhane Wallis ( Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Naomi Watts ( The Impossible).

Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones ( Lincoln); Philip Seymour Hoffman ( The Master); Christoph Waltz ( Django Unchained); Alan Arkin ( Argo); Robert DeNiro ( Silver Linings Playbook).

Supporting Actress: Sally Field ( Lincoln); Anne Hathaway ( Les Miserables); Amy Adams ( The Master); Helen Hunt ( The Sessions); Ann Dowd ( Compliance).

Director: Kathryn Bigelow ( Zero Dark Thirty); Steven Spielberg ( Lincoln); Ben Affleck ( Argo); Ang Lee ( Life of Pi); Wes Anderson ( Moonrise Kingdom).

Foreign-Language Film: Amour (France); A Royal Affair (Denmark); The Intouchables (France); Holy Motors (France); The Kid with a Bike (Belgium).

Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man; Bully; How to Survive a Plague; West of Memphis; The Invisible War

Animated Film: ParaNorman; Frankenweenie; The Pirates: Band of Misfits

Screenplay: Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Cinematography: Claudio Miranda ( Life of Pi)

Music Score: John Williams ( Lincoln)

Russell Smith Award (Independent Film): Beasts of the Southern Wild

For more information, go to www.dfwfilmcritics.net

Cary Darling, 817-390-7571

Twitter: carydar

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