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Vancouver film critics laud Zero Dark Thirty at awards event

A scene from “Zero Dark Thirty”

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Vancouver film critics have chosen Zero Dark Thirty as the best film of the year, one of four awards the thriller picked up at the annual awards event Monday night. The Vancouver Film Critics Circle also named Kathryn Bigelow best director and Jessica Chastain best actress, while Mark Boal won for best screenplay for the film which follows the hunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The Master picked up the remaining acting awards, with Joaquin Phoenix named best actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman best supporting actor, and Amy Adams best supporting actress.

The France-Germany co-production Holy Motors was named best foreign language film and Mark Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man best documentary.

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On the Canadian side, Kim Nguyen's haunting child soldier drama Rebelle and Panos Cosmatos's feature film debut Beyond the Black Rainbow each received three awards. Rebelle was named best Canadian film, Rachel Mwanza best actress in a Canadian film, and Serge Kanyinda best supporting actor in a Canadian film. Beyond the Black Rainbow, a science fiction film set 20 years in the past, picked up awards for best director of a Canadian film (Cosmatos), best actor in a Canadian film (Michael Rogers), and best British Columbia film.

Rounding out the Canadian awards, Sarah Gadon was named best supporting actress in a Canadian film for David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, and The World Before Her was named best Canadian documentary.

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