Women film journalists hail 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Bigelow
05:00 AM, Jan 08, 2013
Not unexpectedly, given the makeup of its membership, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists handed out the lioness’ share of its 2012 trophies best film, director, woman director, original screenplay and actress to Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
The terrorist thriller that stars Jessica Chastain as a tough CIA operative on the hunt for Osama bin Laden also took best woman director for Bigelow, the first female to win an Oscar who will likely get another chance this year when nominations are announced Thursday.
The group, whose membership includes yours truly and USA TODAY film critic Claudia Puig, also saluted Lincoln’s Daniel Day-Lewis as best actor. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) were celebrated for their supporting work.
But the juiciest part of the AWFJ’s annual announcement is always its less-traditional categories.
This year’s Hall of Shame champ? Adam Sandler’s wretched comedy That’s My Boy.
Actress in need of a new agent? A tie between two former rom-com queens: Katherine Heigl in One for the Money (did anyone remember this was released last year?) and Reese Witherspoon in This Means War (ditto).
Most unforgettable moment? Another tie. One a study in sublime sorrow (Hathaway as Fantine singing I Dreamed a Dream), the other a one-liner that reeks of kick-ass triumph (Chastain’s declaration to her male cohorts that she is the insert Samuel L. Jackson’s favorite profane four-syllable noun who found bin Laden’s hideout).
Most egregious age difference between leading man and love interest? Denzel Washington, 58, whose pilot experienced takeoff with both Kelly Reilly, 35, and Nadine Velazquez, 34, in Flight.
For the complete list of winners, click on http://awfj.org/eda-awards/2012-eda-award-winners.