'Tis the season for films reaching for the Oscars and Golden Globes to wrestle for the preliminary awards. The bin Laden manhunt drama “Zero Dark Thirty” is in the thick of the fray and will be released Dec. 19.

The Associated Press reports that the New York Film Critics Circle has anointed the Kathryn Bigelow film as the best movie of 2012. Bigelow appears to be a contender for yet another season of awards for her work as a direct and producer. Her last film, “The Hurt Locker,” won NYFCC Awards for Best Director and Best Picture, and went on the win the Academy Awards in those categories.

AP notes that the critics also like “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg’s biopic of the 16th president. The historical film has earned awards for Daniel Day-Lewis for best actor, Sally Field for best supporting actress and Tony Kushner for best screenplay.

“Zero Dark Thirty” holds a 100 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on top critic 14 reviews, as of 4 p.m. Monday.

The complete list of the awards from NYFCC, which will be given on Jan. 7.

Below is the full list of the NYFCC’s 2012 Awards

Best Picture: “ZERO DARK THIRTY”

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow “ZERO DARK THIRTY”

Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner “LINCOLN”

Best Actress: Rachel Weisz “THE DEEP BLUE SEA”

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis “LINCOLN”

Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field “LINCOLN”

Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey “BERNIE,” “MAGIC MIKE”

Best Cinematographer: Greig Fraser for “ZERO DARK THIRTY”

Best Animated Film: “Frankenweenie”

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): “The Central Park Five”

Best Foreign Film: “Amour”

Best First Film: David France “HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE”