zero dark thirty (poster)*New York, NY – The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) has voted “ZERO DARK THIRTY” Best Film of 2012, Kathryn Bigelow Best Director for “ZERO DARK THIRTY”, Jessica Chastain Best Actress for “ZERO DARK THIRTY”, Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor for LINCOLN and Christoph Waltz Best supporting Actor for “DJANGO UNCHAINED”. The announcement was made today by Mike Sargent, co-president, BFCC. Votes were cast and tabulated in NY at the organization’s annual meeting on December 18, 2012.

Recognizing achievements in theatrical motion pictures, the BFCC awarded prizes in 13 categories including best picture, best director, original and adapted screenplay, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best animated feature, best independent film, best documentary feature, best foreign film and best ensemble. Special Signature awards are also given to industry pioneers and rising stars.

“This year was a very interesting mix,” says Sargent. “ A number of films, though some not commercially successful addressed perspectives and issues seldom given light. Making our Special mention category more important this year than ever before.” “In the main categories, we chose the films that we felt most resonated and illustrated the continued ability of Hollywood to entertain, and move audiences. Congratulations to all of the winners.”

The complete list of award winners include:



Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow for ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis for LINCOLN

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain for ZERO DARK THIRTY

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for DJANGO UNCHAINED Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway for LES MISERABLES

Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for DJANGO UNCHAINED Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for ARGO

Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda for LIFE OF PI Best Foreign Film: THE INTOUCHABLES


Best Animated Film: RISE OF THE GAURDIANS Best Ensemble: LINCOLN


BFCC Signature Awards include:


This year’s Pioneer Award is given to producer Will Packer of Rainforest Films. While he’s been around Hollywood for some time now, having successful put together some box office hits, including ‘Stomp The Yard,’ ‘This Christmas,’ ‘Obsessed,’ and ‘Takers.’

This year, his latest ‘Think Like A Man,’ not only opened #1 at box office, defying expectations, but went on to gross a total of nearly $100 million. It must be noted the production budget was less than $15 million. The St. Petersburg, FL native also started a broadcast network, BOUNCE TV, which continues to build an audience among African American households. Packer has continued to expand the boundaries of what black filmmakers can achieve and embodies the very essence of the word Pioneer.



For being the soul and heart of Beasts of the Southern Wild. We believe she is truly a Talent to Watch.



Special Mention goes to filmmaker Ava DuVernay, for her self-distribution with AFFRM and her filmmaking excellence with “Middle Of Nowhere” and distribution of other films (‘Restless City, Kinyarwanda).



1.    Zero Dark Thirty

2.    Argo

3.    Django Unchained

4.    Beasts of the Southern Wild

5.    Lincoln

6.    Flight

7.    Life of Pi

8.    Skyfall

9.    Silver Linings Playbook

10.   Middle of Nowhere

Founded in 2010, the Black Film Critics Circle is a membership organization comprised of film critics of color from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, radio, television and qualifying on-line publications. The organization is dedicated to honoring excellence of professionals in the theatrical motion picture industry in U.S. and World Cinema. Its mission is to celebrate contributions and achievements in film by people of the black Diaspora who work in front of and behind the camera, maintain the integrity of a true Critics organization and advance a collective vision of journalists of the black Diaspora. BFCC assists in the development of new talent in the field of entertainment journalism through educational opportunities, mentoring and strategic partnerships and raises awareness of the significance of black film and black film history as a critical part of film culture and preservation. The organization meets annually in December to vote on the year’s films. BFCC’s Founding Members are journalists Mike Sargent (WBAI-FM NY/, Wilson Morales (, and Shawn Edwards (WDAF-TV Fox Affiliate Kansas City, MO).

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