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‘Amour’ tops London Critics’ Circle awards

Michael Haneke film takes best picture, director, script and actress


Michael Haneke’s “Amour” proved the big winner at the 33rd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, which took place Sunday night at London’s Mayfair Hotel.

Amour,” which received five Academy Award noms including best picture and best director, was named film of the year by the LFCC ahead of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” The film also picked up scribe for Haneke and actress for Academy Award nominee Emmanuelle Riva.

Haneke lost out on the helmer nod to Ang Lee for “Life of Pi,” which also took home a technical achievement award for its VFX.

“The Master” hit an acting double with Joaquin Phoenix awarded actor and Philip Seymour Hoffman named supporting actor. Anne Hathaway won supporting actress for “Les Miserables.”

Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone” was awarded foreign language film of the year, while Blighty’s “The Imposter” won the docu category.

The group also gives awards in British categories with “Berberian Sound Studio” awarded best British film and star Toby Jones named British actor of the year; scripters Alice Lowe and Steve Oram took home breakthrough British filmmakers for “Sightseers”; Tom Holland was named young British performer of the year for his role in “The Impossible”; and Andrea Riseborough won British actress for “Shadow Dancer.”

The group’s top 10 films of 2012 were “Amour,” “The Master,” “Life of Pi,” “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” “Django Unchained,” “Tabu” and “Rust and Bone.”

Helena Bonham Carter was feted with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, which was previously announced in December.

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