Zero Dark Thirty
First screened in January 2013
Director: Kathryn Bigelow. Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, Édgar Ramírez, Mark Strong, Reda Kateb, Mark Duplass, James Gandolfini, Stephen Dillane, Daniel Lapaine, Tushaar Mehra, Homayoun Ershadi (!!), Fredric Lehne, Jessica Collins, Lauren Shaw, Nash Edgerton, Joel Edgerton, Callan Mulvey, Taylor Kinney, Chris Pratt, Frank Grillo, Christopher Stanley, Fares Fares, Yoav Levi, Navdeep Singh, Jeremy Strong, J.J. Kandel, John Barrowman, David Menkin, Scott Adkins, John Schwab. Screenplay: Mark Boal.

Twitter Capsule: Ace last act thrives on Bigelow's strengths. Previously halting, uneven in story, structure, style. Chastain iffy.

VOR:   White-hot controversy proves how risky this was. Nervy to stage bin Laden's takedown, much less as a woman's triumph. Some Hurt Locker residues, but a formidable object.

Photo © 2012 Columbia Pictures/Annapurna Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal
Best Film Editing: Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
Best Sound Editing: Paul N.J. Ottosson

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Best Actress (Drama): Jessica Chastain
Best Screenplay: Mark Boal

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Film Editing
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Film Editing
National Board of Review: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actress (Chastain)

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