"Zero Dark Thirty" Tops Black Film Critics Circle Awards 

This awards season, it's either Ben Affleck's "Argo" or Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" that has been winning Best Picture trophies from most award-giving bodies. Oh, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" also sneaks in every now and then. But with the Black Film Critics Circle awards, it's Bigelow who was the top winner. "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Picture and Bigelow took the Best Director award.

Here's the complete list of winners; for nominees/winners of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Best Film
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay
"Django Unchained"

Best Animated Film
"Rise of the Guardians"

Best Foreign Film
"The Intouchables"

Best Documentary
"The Central Park Five"

Best Ensemble

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Naomi Watts Interview for “The Impossible” 

Naomi Watts is a marvel in the new film “The Impossible” by director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Orphanage”). She plays Maria, the mother of a family torn apart by the Tsunami that hit Thailand on Dec. 26, 2004. “The Impossible” tells the true-story of Maria Belon, played in the movie by Watts.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How can someone with fear of water star in “The Impossible?”
*** How was it meeting the real Maria?
*** Working with Tom Holland who plays her son in the film
*** Being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Ewan McGregor Interview for “The impossible” 

I’ve always admired Ewan McGregor. I think he’s an underrated actor who has always been consistent in shining in his movies. In his latest flick, “The Impossible,” McGregor is fantastic as Henry, the father of the family devastated by the Tsunami of December 26, 2004. This is their true story.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What did he think of the script initially?
*** Playing a parent for the first time
*** Working with the child actors
*** His chemistry with Naomi Watts
*** My favorite scene of his in “The Impossible”
*** Working with Juan Antonio Bayona
*** What does he want the audience to take away from the film

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Tom Holland Interview for “The Impossible” 

Relative newcomer Tom Holland is a marvel in the new film “The Impossible.” He’s a stage veteran by now, having starred in “Billy Elliot” in London’s West End, but this is first full-feature film and he has to share screen time with Naomi Watts who’s playing his mom. Holland stars as Lucas, the eldest son of Maria (Watts) and Henry (Ewan McGregor). When the Tsunami hit the coast where their family is vacationing, it’s now up to them to find each other before time runs out.

Based on a true story from one of the survivors, Maria Belon, “The Impossible” is directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. You will cry a lot!

In this interview, Holland and I talked about:

*** What was his initial reaction to the script?
*** Working with Naomi Watts
*** Acting on-stage versus on-film
*** Filming the violent underwater scenes

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"Argo," "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty" Lead Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominations 

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists have chosen the nominees of their annual movie awards. "Argo," "Lincoln," and "Zero Dark Thirty" led the pack with all three films vying for the Best Film award.

Here's the full list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Best Film
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director
Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor
Daniel Day Lewis, "Lincoln"
John Hawkes, "The Sessions"
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, "Argo"
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, "The Master"
Sally Field, "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Original Screenplay
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Editing
"Cloud Atlas"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Cinematography
"Life of Pi"
"The Master"

Best Film Music Or Score
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Animated Film

Best Non-English-Language Film
"A Royal Affair"
"Rust and Bone"

Best Documentary
"The Gatekeepers"
"The Imposter"
"The Invisible War"
"Searching for Sugar Man"

Best Ensemble Cast
"Silver Linings Playbook"

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS (for women only)

Best Woman Director

Sarah Polley, "Take This Waltz"
Andrea Arnold, "Wuthering Heights"
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Woman Screenwriter
Lucy Alibar (with Benh Zeitlin), "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Ava DuVernay, "Middle of Nowhere"
Zoe Kazan, "Ruby Sparks"
Sarah Polley, "Take This Waltz"

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star
Gina Carano, "Haywire"
Anne Hathaway, "The Dark Knight Rises"
Jennifer Lawrence, "The Hunger Games"

Best Animated Female
Merida (Kelly Macdonald), "Brave"
Tooth (Isla Fisher), "Rise of the Guardians"
Vanellope (Sara Silverman), "Wreck-It Ralph"

Best Breakthrough Performance
Samantha Barks, "Les Misérables"
Ann Dowd, "Compliance"
Alicia Vikander, "A Royal Affair"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Judi Dench, "Skyfall"
Helen Mirren, "Hitchcock"
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"

AWFJ Award For Humanitarian Activism -- Female Icon Award
Presented to an actress for the portrayal of the most positive female role model, or for a role in which she takes personal and/or career risks to plumb the female psyche and therefore gives us courage to plumb our own, and/or for putting forth the image of a woman who is heroic, accomplished, persistent, demands her rights and/or the rights of others.

- Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
- Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
- Judi Dench, "Skyfall"

Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry
Presented only when warranted to a female who has had a banner-making, record-breaking, industry-changing achievement during any given year — such as Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director Oscar win, or for an actress having multiple outstanding films released during one year.

- Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
- Jennifer Lawrence, "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook"
- Women Documentary Filmmakers, including Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("Detropia"), Lauren -Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles"), Alison Klayman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry") and Sarah Burns ("The Central Park Five")


AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award

Sean Anders, "That’s My Boy"
Sacha Baron Cohen, "The Dictator"
Gabriele Muccino, "Playing For Keeps"

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent
Katherine Heigl, "One For The Money"
Nicole Kidman, "The Paperboy"
Reese Witherspoon, "This Means War"

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t
"Anna Karenina"
"Cloud Atlas"
"Les Misérables"

Unforgettable Moment Award
"Argo" (The runway chase)
"Flight" (Crash sequence)
"Les Misérables (Anne Hathaway as Fantine singing "I Dreamed A Dream")
"Rust and Bone" (Marion Cotillard as Stephanie dancing in the wheelchair)
"Zero Dark Thirty" (Jessica Chastain as Maya says, “I’m the mother…”)

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction (include film title AND actors’ names)
"Anna Karenina" (Keira Knightly and Aaron Taylor-Johnson)
"Rust and Bone" (Marion Cotillard)
"The Sessions" (Helen Hunt and John Hawkes)

Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award
"The Amazing Spider-Man"
"Red Dawn"
"Total Recall"

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award
"Flight" (Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly…and Nadine Velazquez)
"Seeking a Friend For the End of the World" (Steve Carell and Keira Knightly)
"Silver Linings Playbook" (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence)

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