'Melancholia' Claims Top Prize at 2012 National Society of Film Critics Awards

Kirsten Dunst

While the Lars von Trier sci-fi drama wins the Best Picture award, Kirsten Dunst and Brad Pitt grab the prizes for Best Actress and Actor respectively.

Winners of the 2012 National Society of Film Critics Awards have been announced. Lars von Trier's sci-fi drama "Melancholia" has marked its first major U.S. award by grabbing the top prize of Best Picture. Its lead actress, Kirsten Dunst, was also named the Best Actress at the award show. As for the Best Actor, Brad Pitt nabbed the prize through his roles in both "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life".

Though claiming the Best Picture award, "Melancholia" couldn't bring Lars von Trier in winning the coveted Best Director prize. He lost the title to Terrence Malick for his works in "Tree of Life", which also won the most awards, including Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki.

Albert Brooks was honored with Best Supporting Actor award for his role in "Drive", while Jessica Chastain was chosen as the Best Supporting Actress for her roles in "Tree of Life", "Take Shelter" and "The Help". Iranian drama "A Separation", meanwhile, won the prizes for Best Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film.

The National Society of Film Critics consists of 58 members from big newspapers in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Chicago and other cities. They include Time, The New Yorker, Newsweek, The Village Voice and The Boston Phoenix among others.

The 2012 National Society of Film Critics Awards winners:

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