‘Amour’ Wins Best Picture, Best Director & Best Actress From The National Society Of Film Critics

'Amour' Wins Best Picture, Best Director & Best Actress From The National Society Of Film Critics

The Oscar nominations are coming on Thursday morning, so that still leaves some time for critics groups to weigh in before the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences makes their announcement, and pretty much determines the movies that will be focus of conversation until Febraury 26th. But one movie most safely predict will be discussed, is Michael Haneke's "Amour."

And indeed, The National Society Of Film Critics believes it deserves to be honored among the year's best, as they have given it Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. Across the board, it's interesting that NSFC largely stayed away from the one movie that has been knocking out guilds and critics' circles all awards season long, Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty." However, "Lincoln" and "The Master" both were also honored with two wins each. Steven Spielberg's film found the performance by Daniel Day-Lewis and screenplay by Tony Kushner winning, while Paul Thomas Anderson's movie saw Amy Adams and cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. getting recognition for their work.

Full list of winners and vote tallies below. [Variety]


*1. Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln – 59 (Dreamworks/Touchstone)

2. Denis Lavant – 49

2. Joaquin Phoenix – 49


*1. Emmanuelle Riva – Amour – 50 (Sony Classics)

2. Jennifer Lawrence – 42

3. Jessica Chastain– 32


*1. Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike (Warner Bros.), Bernie (Millennium Entertainment) – 27

2. Tommy Lee Jones – 22

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman – 19


*1. Amy Adams – The Master (The Weinstein Co.) – 34

2. Sally Field – 23

3. Anne Hathaway – 13


*1. Amour (Sony Classics) – 28

2. The Master – 25

3. Zero Dark Thirty – 18


*1. Michael Haneke (Amour) – 27

2. Kathryn Bigelow – 24

2. Paul Thomas Anderson – 24


*1. The Gatekeepers – Sony Pictures Classics – 53

2. This Is Not a Film – 45

3. Searching for Sugar Man – 23


*1. Lincoln (Dreamworks/Touchstone) – Tony Kushner – 59

2. The Master (P.T. Anderson)– 27

3. Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell) – 19


*1. Master (Mihai Malaimare, Jr. ) – 60

2. Skyfall (Roger Deakins) – 30

3. Zero Dark Thirty (Greig Fraser) – 21

EXPERIMENTAL: This Is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi)


• To Laurence Kardish, Senior Film Curator at MoMA, for his extraordinary 44 years of

service, including this year's Weimar Cinema retrospective.

•To Milestone Film and Video for their ongoing Shirley Clarke project.


This year's awards are dedicated to the late Andrew Sarris, one of the most original and influential American film critics as well as a founding member of the Society.

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i'm at a loss at all the love for Zero Dark Thirty. it was a competent chase film that ran a bit long and had very little to no characterization. i found the story, as it was portrayed, and characters dull. i loved Hurt Locker and think this one is a miss. baffles me why it has been raking in awards.

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