Zero Dark Thirty - Trailer
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and his death at the hands of the Navy SEAL Team 6.PT2M15S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2ashp 620 349 December 4, 2012
It's been a big fortnight for Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow.
Bigelow can't wrap her head around the industry accolades her new film has picked up ahead of its US release - because she only completed work on the movie 10 days ago.
I just hope that people go and see the movie.
Now in less than a week, the film has gone two for two in the awards that are considered indicators for the Oscars. After winning on Wednesday at the National Board of Review, Zero Dark Thirty's odds for winning the Best Picture and Best Director in February have been slashed from around 20-1 at the weekend to be favourite with several book-makers now at 9-2.
Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty
The movie chronicles the hunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden following al-Qaeda's attacks on the US in 2001, and the drama is already gaining major Oscar buzz after scooping Best Film and Best Director prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle and America's National Board of Review this week.
Bigelow admits she is stunned by the warm reception her follow-up to Oscar winner The Hurt Locker is getting.
"I only just finished it (film) 10 days ago, so it's sort of hard for me to kind of switch gears and think in those terms," she said when asked about the Academy Awards buzz surrounding the film. "But it would be an honour and be very gratifying (to win another Oscar) ... I just hope that people go and see the movie."
Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal on the set of Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty, which stars Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain, hits Australian cinemas on January 31.