National Board of Review








The winners were announced on December 5, 2012.

Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, Compliance

Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, Looper

Best Animated Feature: Wreck-It-Ralph

Best Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man

Best Ensemble: Les Miserables

Best Foreign Film: Amour

Breakthrough Performance Actor: Tom Holland, The Impossible

Breakthrough Performance Actress: Quvenzhane 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 (Arog, Flight, Paranorman, Trouble with the Curve)

William K. Everson Award for Film History: 50 Years of Bond Films

Top Films (alphabetical)

  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Looper
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Promised Land
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Top 5 Documentaries (alphabetical)

  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  • Detropia
  • The Gatekeepers
  • The Invisible War
  • Only the Young
Top 5 Foreign Language Films (alphabetical)
  • Barbara
  • The Intouchables
  • The Kid with a Bike
  • No
  • War Witch

Top 10 Independent Films (alphabetical)

  • Arbitrage
  • Bernie
  • Compliance
  • End of Watch
  • Hello I Must Be Going
  • Little Birds
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • On the Road
  • Quartet
  • Sleepwalk with Me
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