Several people have written, wondering what happened to the “Jerry Barmash” byline. Well, to make a long story short, my wife and I were among the millions affected by Superstorm Sandy. For the last five weeks, our lives have been turned upside down from just a few inches of water. We lived in one hotel after another until this past weekend when we moved into a rental, ahead of the major renovations to our home. Although it took time, and still not on regular basis, the show must, and thankfully, will go on! My thanks to co-editor Chris O’Shea for keeping FishbowlNY readers informed on a daily basis. My sincere gratitude to the Mediabistro editorial director Chris Ariens, who was extremely patient while I dealt with the enormity of this once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) situation.

Not to sound like I just won an Oscar, but that segues nicely to this post.

Winners have been announced in the New York Film Critics Circle, an early Oscar indicator.

Zero Dark Thirty took home the big prize, Best Picture, at the 78th annual event yesterday. The critics needed a five-hour marathon session to settle on the victors. Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow netted her second Best Director win. She previously won for The Hurt Locker, a feat she followed up historically at the Academy Awards.

Daniel Day-Lewis, a four-time NYFCC winner, made it number five with the Best Actor nod, and vaulted to the front of the Oscar race for his tour de force as Lincoln.

Additionally, Sally Field was selected as Best Supporting Actress for portraying Lewis’ better half Mary Todd Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg epic.

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