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January 5, 2013 3:52 PM
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'Amour' Leads National Society of Film Critics Awards; Day-Lewis, Riva Among Acting Winners

The National Society of Film Critics chose Michael Haneke’s 'Amour' as their best picture of 2012. The film narrowly topped Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" for that prize, while its director beat out Anderson and Kathryn Bigelow to win the best director prize as well.

"Amour" also won the best actress prize, with Emmanuelle Riva beating out runners-up Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty"). Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln"), Matthew McConaughy ("Magic Mike" and "Bernie") and Amy Adams ("The Master") won the other acting prizes.

The Society, which is made up of 60 of the country’s  movie critics, held its 47th annual awards voting meeting, using a weighted ballot system, at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center as guests of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. 

Complete list of winners, including runners-up and vote tallies, below. For a complete list of all announced awards this season, click here.

BEST PICTURE
*1. Amour (Sony Classics) – 28
2. The Master – 25
3. Zero Dark Thirty – 18

BEST DIRECTOR
*1. Michael Haneke (Amour) – 27
2. Kathryn Bigelow – 24
2. Paul Thomas Anderson - 24

 BEST ACTOR
*1. Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln – 59 (Dreamworks/Touchstone)
2. Denis Lavant – 49
2. Joaquin Phoenix – 49

BEST ACTRESS
*1. Emmanuelle Riva – Amour – 50 (Sony Classics)
2. Jennifer Lawrence -  42
3. Jessica Chastain– 32

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
*1.  Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike (Warner Bros.), Bernie (Millennium Entertainment) – 27
2. Tommy Lee Jones – 22
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman - 19

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*1. Amy Adams – The Master (The Weinstein Co.) – 34
2. Sally Field – 23
3. Anne Hathaway - 13

BEST NONFICTION
*1. The Gatekeepers - Sony Pictures Classics – 53
2. This Is Not a Film – 45
3. Searching for Sugar Man - 23

BEST SCREENPLAY
*1. Lincoln (Dreamworks/Touchstone) – Tony Kushner – 59
2. The Master (P.T. Anderson)– 27
3.  Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell) - 19

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
*1. The 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)

FILM HERITAGE
    •    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.

DEDICATION: 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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  • link | January 5, 2013 6:37 PMReply

    amour is overrated

  • Ryan | January 5, 2013 5:59 PMReply

    Awarding Matthew McConaughey and Emmanuelle Riva over Tommy Lee Jones and Jennifer Lawrence, respectively, is one way to lose credibility.

  • Corey | January 6, 2013 12:49 AM

    Good Point. And this is the first time I've seen Denis Lavant for Best Actor.

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