Film News: ‘The Master’ Leads 2012 Chicago Film Critics Association Nominees

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CHICAGO – Paul Thomas Anderson’s divisive “The Master” led the 2012 Chicago Film Critics Association nominees on Friday morning with a stunning ten. Not only was the film nominated for Best Picture and Anderson nominated for directing and writing it but Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams were nominated for their performances. Close behind “The Master” was “Beasts of the Southern Wild” with nine nominations, including a remarkable FOUR for Benh Zeitlin alone (for Director, Screenplay, Score, and Promising Filmmaker). Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” folowed with eight nods a piece and the two-fer of Picture and Director. The full list is below and the winners will be announced on Monday, December 17, 2012.

The Master
The Master
Photo credit: The Weinstein Company

BEST PICTURE
“Argo”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Lincoln”
“The Master”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jason Clarke, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”
Dwight Henry, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Emily Blunt, “Looper”
Judi Dench, “Skyfall”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty
Photo credit: Sony

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Django Unchained” by Quentin Tarantino
“Looper” by Rian Johnson
“The Master” by Paul Thomas Anderson
“Moonrise Kingdom” by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” by Mark Boal

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Argo” by Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Lincoln” by Tony Kushner
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
“Silver Linings Playbook” by David O. Russell

BEST FOREIGN FILM
“Amour”
“Holy Motors”
“The Intouchables”
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”
“Rust & Bone”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“The Central Park Five”
“The Invisible War”
“The Queen of Versailles”
“Searching For Sugar Man”
“West of Memphis”

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“ParaNorman”
“The Secret World of Arrietty”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Photo credit: Fox Searchlight

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi”
Janusz Kaminski, “Lincoln”
Mihai Milaimare Jr., “The Master”
Roger Deakins, “Skyfall”
Greig Fraser, “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, “Argo”
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Jonny Greenwood, “The Master”
Alexandre Desplat, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Alexandre Desplat, “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Lincoln”
“The Master”
“Moonrise Kingdom”

BEST EDITING
William Goldenberg, “Argo”
Alexander Berner & Claus Wehlisch, “Cloud Atlas”
Leslie Jones & Peter McNulty, “The Master”
Stuart Baird, “Skyfall”
William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor, “Zero Dark Thirty”

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Samantha Barks, “Les Miserables”
Kara Hayward, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Dwight Henry, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Tom Holland, “The Impossible”
Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Stephen Chbosky, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Drew Goddard, “The Cabin in the Woods”
Nicholas Jarecki, “Arbitrage”
Colin Trevorrow, “Safety Not Guaranteed”
Benz Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Four writers for HollywoodChicago.com, including Matt Fagerholm, Adam Fendelman, Patrick McDonald, and Brian Tallerico are members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. Brian is on the Board of Directors.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
Content Director
HollywoodChicago.com
brian@hollywoodchicago.com

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