New York critics pick "Zero Dark Thirty" as best film

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The New York Film Critics Circle

on Monday picked action thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" as best film

and gave its top acting honors to Daniel Day-Lewis and Rachel

Weisz in the first major movie awards leading up to Hollywood's

Oscars.

U.S. filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow won best director for "Zero

Dark Thirty," based on the decade-long U.S. operation to hunt

down and kill Osama bin Laden, and billed as a cinematic look at

"the greatest manhunt in history."

The organization announced the awards via Twitter.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz)