The American Film Institute announced their selections today for the best of 2012 in television and film, and Zero Dark Thirty is among of them! We all know AFI is a bigger prediction to Oscar, so with all the winners this week and being under their top 10, it’s unlikely to think Zero Dark Thirty won’t be an Oscar contender.
Check the whole list:
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
LIFE OF PI
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY
AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the selections at an invitation-only luncheon on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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]
She brings her granny to the carpet. She cries when they compliment. She’s californian but she can’t swim. But in the tougher movie of the year Kathryn Bigelow wanted her only.
She says she’s still elaborating: “Today on set with actors who yesterday were myths to me”. She swears she is patologically shy: “In Cannes for The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn hold me by hand: calm, smile. But I always become red. I believe I’m the most shy person on a red carpet”. And probably the only californian girl in the world who admits to have never learnt how to swim. However, Jessica Chastain, in her 35, is the actress of the year and she will be on 2013 as well. Time put her on the list of the hundred most influential people of 2012. In the latest two years she did 14 movies. For The Help she was nominated for a Oscar as best not protagonist actress. The Tree of Life won the Palm D’Or in Cannes.
And now she is here in the most waited movie, Zero Dark Thirty (now out in the USA, on screen by 10th January in Italy) by Kathryn Bigelow. The reconstruction of Osama Bin Laden killing, in which Jessica plays a CIA agent. It was due to come out before, but the president elections stopped it. Rebublicans said it would have been a certain victory for Obama. [Read more]
The true-life tale of the tracking and killing of Osama bin Laden is depicted with intensity in director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, and the ensemble drama’s Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler explain how seeing the final cut of the film carried an incredible emotional punch.
“The movie allows us to move on, I think,” Chandler tells ET’s Christina McLarty. “It shows us what happened, and how it went down, but it also takes a part of all of our lives this last decade. … At the very end I truly felt like I could exhale and go, ‘Okay, that’s over with, what’s next.’ And I think that’s really important.”
In theaters December 19, Zero Dark Thirty details the against-all-odds black ops mission to capture or kill the terrorist mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks – and the 10-year hunt to find him. Discovered in a compound in Pakistan, the Al Qaeda leader was targeted by Navy SEAL Team 6 in a deadly, high-stakes raid and killed on May 2, 2011.
“We think we know what happened, there’s a lot we don’t know, and you go in there with the people who do it,” says Clarke of the film. “It’s a very emotional piece because we’re all connected to what happened in the world.”
“I was very surprised that there was a woman at the center of it all — and then I was upset at myself that I was surprised about it,” recalls Chastain, who plays the CIA analyst who anchors the hunt for bin Laden. “She doesn’t have a neurosis, and she’s not mentally ill. She’s just capable and intelligent and she stands on her own, and I think she’s a perfect representation of this generation of women. And to work on that film with Kathryn Bigelow, it’s just beyond an honor.
Two days ago Jess was busy in New York promoting “Zero Dark Thirty”. I have some pictures of her arriving/leaving the NBC studios, and plus some beautiful (but sadly low quality) pictures of the Lunch to celebrate the movie that was done later. Check it:
Acting is about the art of reinvention and transforming oneself into a character. To become someone else—to lose oneself in the guise of another—is, in many ways, the most thrilling part of what an actor does. The alchemy involved in that process is mysterious—a melding of mind-set, physical presentation, and the magical relationship between the actor and the person he or she is portraying. Since all cinematic characters are initially created by writers and directors, actors are the ultimate muses. They give life to other people’s words and vision.
In the past two years, Jessica Chastain has seemed to go from nowhere to everywhere, reincarnating in movie after movie. She was a devoted mother in The Tree of Life; a loud, libidinous Southern belle in The Help; an Israeli Mossad agent in The Debt; and, more recently, a CIA analyst determined to track down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, which is in theaters on December 19, and a black-haired punk-rock chick in the frightening fantasy Mama (due out January 18). “I never want to get bored,” Chastain told me over coffee in early November. It was cold, and her delicate frame was nearly swallowed by a large leopard-print scarf. She was wearing no makeup, and her wavy red hair was loose. It was just four days after Chastain’s debut on Broadway in The Heiress, in which she plays a socially awkward virgin. “I wear a prosthetic nose,” Chastain said, sounding delighted. “I learned how to put it on myself.” She patted her nose. “I like the ritual. I love wigs, I love costumes, I love anything that will get me into the character.” [Read More]
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