By David Salazar ( | First Posted: Dec 23, 2012 09:07 PM EST

Screenshot from Argo featuring Ben Affleck (Photo : Warner Bros)

"Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" continued to separate themselves from the pack as both films picked up major precursor awards.

Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" picked up a best picture win at the Utah Film critics, it's ninth such victory. The Utah critics stated that "Looper" was the runner-up film. Bigelow was selected as the runner-up for Best Director, an award won by Wes Anderson for his film "Moonrise Kingdom." The film also picked up an award for Best Actress (Jessica Chastain).

"Argo" picked up two best picture wins over the weekend from the Nevada and Oklahoma Film critics. With the victories, Ben Affleck's film now has seven best picture wins (all won in the last week and a half). No other winner has more than three Best Picture victories and it is becoming increasingly clear that "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are the top two films competing in awards season. "Argo" has been building momentum over the last few weeks while "Zero Dark Thiry" has slowed down after winning the first five major precursor awards.

In addition to winning best picture with Nevada, "Argo" was awarded for Best Director. The film also won best director at Oklahoma but added a victory in the screenplay category.

Check out the complete list below.

Nevada Film Critics Awards

Best Film

Best Director
: Ben Affleck (Argo)
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Actor
:John Hawkes (The Sessions)

Best Actress: 
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Supporting Actor
: Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

Best Supporting Actress: 
Sally Field (Lincoln)

Best Cinematography
: Life of Pi

Best Production Design: 
Les Misérables

Best Visual Effects
: Life of Pi

Best Ensemble Cast: 

Best Animated Movie: 

Best Youth Performance: 
Tom Holland (The Impossible)

Oklahoma Film Critics Awards

Best Film

1. Argo

2. Zero Dark Thirty

3. Moonrise Kingdom

4. Django Unchained

5. Silver Linings Playbook

6. Beasts of the Southern Wild

7. The Master

8. Lincoln

9. Looper

10. Les Misérables

Best Director
:Ben Affleck (Argo)

Best Actor
: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Best Actress: 
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Supporting Actor: 
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

Best Supporting Actress: 
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)

Best Original Screenplay
: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)

Best Adapted Screenplay
: Chris Terrio (Argo)

Best Animated Film: 
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Documentary
:Searching for Sugar Man

Best Foreign Language Film
: Amour

Best First Feature
: Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Guilty Pleasure: 
21 Jump Street

Best Body of Work
: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises / Lincoln / Looper)

Obviously Worst Movie: 
That's My Boy

Not-So-Obviously Worst Movie: 

Utah Film Critics Awards

Full List of Winners

Winner: Zero Dark Thirty

(runner-up: Looper)

Best Achievement in Directing

Winner: Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom

(runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Lead Performance by an Actor

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

(runner-ups: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln, & John Hawkes, The Sessions)

Best Lead Performance by an Actress

Winners: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook & Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (Tie)

Best Supporting Performance by an Actor

Winner: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild

(runner-up: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master)

Best Supporting Performance by an Actress

Winner: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

(runner-up: Ann Dowd, Compliance)

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Rian Johnson, Looper

(runner-up: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

(runner-up: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Cinematography

Winner: Roger Deakins, Skyfall

(runner-up: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi)

Best Documentary Feature

Winner: Indie Game: The Movie

(runner-up: The Invisible War)

Best Non-English Language Feature

Winner: Headhunters

(runner-up: Amour)

Best Animated Feature

Winner: ParaNorman

(runner-ups: Frankenweenie & Wreck-It Ralph)


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