NBR Awards name 'Zero Dark Thirty' best film

Film-National Board of Review Awards

This undated publicity film image provided by Columbia Pictures shows Jessica Chastain in a scene from "Zero Dark Thirty." The National Board of Review has named Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden docudrama �Zero Dark Thirty� the best film of the year. The film took three awards from the National Board of Review, which also named Bigelow best director and the film's star, Jessica Chastain, best actress. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Jonathan Olley)

Film-National Board of Review Awards

This Dec. 3, 2012 photo released by Starpix shows director Kathryn Bigelow, left, and actress Jessica Chastain at a photo call for the film "Zero Dark Thirty," in New York. The National Board of Review has named Bigelow's Osama bin Laden docudrama �Zero Dark Thirty� the best film of the year. The film took three awards from the National Board of Review, which also named Bigelow best director and the film's star, Jessica Chastain, best actress. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)

The National Board of Review has named Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden docudrama "Zero Dark Thirty" the best film of the year.
The NBRs are the second group to name "Zero Dark Thirty" best film, following the New York Film Critics Circle. The two early awards suggest Bigelow's film may be the Academy Awards frontrunner.
The film took three awards from the National Board of Review, which also named Bigelow best director and the film's star, Jessica Chastain, best actress.
The group also gave a boost to "Silver Linings Playbook," naming its star, Bradley Cooper, best actor, and giving best adapted screenplay to David O. Russell.
The awards will be handed out at a gala on Jan. 8 in New York.