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Taking Names: N.Y. movie critics name ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ best film
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The New York Film Critics Circle named Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” the best film of 2012, voicing its strong support for the grimly journalistic Osama bin Laden docudrama.
Ms. Bigelow, whose “Hurt Locker” won best picture at the Academy Awards in 2010, also won best director in the awards announced Monday, and Greg Fraser won for the film’s cinematography.
“‘Zero Dark Thirty’ confirms the massive talent of Kathryn Bigelow,” said NYFCC Chairman Joshua Rothkopf, a critic for Time Out New York. “‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is a very important movie. It’s not triumphant, and it’s still a very significant dramatization of an important event. And we were knocked out by the film.”
But the critics group also cast a loud vote for Seven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” bestowing it with three awards: Daniel Day-Lewis for best actor, Sally Field for best supporting actress and Tony Kushner for best screenplay. Mr. Day-Lewis’ award for his performance as the 16th president is his fifth from the NYFCC.
Shut out entirely were awards hopefuls “Les Miserables,” “Argo,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Master.” This year’s Oscar hunt is generally seen as fairly open, with a number of strong contenders. The NYFCC voting could help coalesce support behind “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Lincoln.”
The New York Film Critics Circle, a body of 35 New York-based critics founded in 1935, announced their annual vote on Twitter.
Jackson’s ‘Bad’ jacket, costumes sold at auction
Costumes worn by Michael Jackson commanded hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, and Lady Gaga was among the collectors.
Lady Gaga tweeted Sunday that she bought 55 pieces in the sale administered by Julien’s Auctions and said she plans to keep the items “archived and expertly cared for in the spirit and love of Michael Jackson, his bravery and fans worldwide.”
Auctioneer Darren Julien said the jacket Jackson wore during his “Bad” tour fetched $240,000. Two of Jackson’s crystal-encrusted gloves sold for more than $100,000 each, as did other jackets and performance costumes.
The auction featuring the collection of Jackson’s longtime designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush raised more than $5 million.
Video artist wins U.K.’s Turner Prize for arts
Video artist Elizabeth Price, who uses collage and clutter to explore people’s relationship to consumer culture, was named winner of British art’s much-coveted — and much-mocked — Turner Prize on Monday.
Ms. Price, a London-based musician and co-founder of 1980s indie-pop group Talulah Gosh, beat three other finalists to snag the $40,000 prize, which is awarded annually to a British artist younger than 50. She was presented with the award at London’s Tate Britain gallery.
The judges praised Ms. Price’s “seductive and immersive” video installations, which combine moving images, text and music. One piece, “The Woolworths Choir of 1979,” hauntingly juxtaposes news footage of a deadly department store blaze with clips of church architecture and musical girl groups.
Ms. Price began making films only a few years ago, but the judges said she had created a “powerful body of work over the last three years.” In accepting the prize, Ms. Price said her career would be “unimaginable” without public support for the arts.
The Turner Prize, named after 19th-century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, was established in 1984 to honor younger British artists. It often sparks debate about the value of modern art. Past winners include transvestite potter Grayson Perry, dung-daubing artist Chris Ofili and shark pickler Damien Hirst.
This year, most media attention had focused on pop-performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd, who creates carnival-style spectacles inspired by everything from Michael Jackson’s music to “Star Wars” character Jabba The Hutt, and illustrator Paul Noble, who produces drawings of a dystopian imaginary city populated by human excrement.
• Compiled from wire reports.
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