Critics continued their rapturous reception for the true story CIA thriller, giving it best film and naming helmer Kathryn Bigelow best director and star Jessica Chastain best actress.

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s drama about the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden was named the year’s best film by the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association on Monday, marking the second time they’ve won that award. Their last movie, 2009’s war picture The Hurt Locker, was also named best film.

“In a year full of strong films,” WAFCA president Tim Gordon said, “director Kathryn Bigelow’s bold and audacious vision, represented in our Best Picture winner, is the perfect political story for our members in the District of Columbia. This story, told with steely, cold effectiveness, is a worthy entry into WAFCA’s Best Picture canon and a cinematic achievement that we are proud to honor.”

Star Jessica Chastain, who plays a dogged young CIA agent obsessed with finding the terrorist mastermind, took home best actress, adding to a collection that also includes a statue from the National Board of Review. [Source]

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