Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Tops London Critics' Circle Awards

 

LONDON -- Michael Haneke's Amour was the big winner at the annual London Critics' Circle Awards on Sunday, winning the film of the year honor and the screenwriter plaudit for Haneke.

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But Haneke missed out on the awards' best director nod. That prize went to Ang Lee for Life of Pi.

Haneke's Palme d'Or winner Amour, which is also one of nine best picture Oscar nominees, also saw Emmanuelle Riva awarded the best actress trophy.

Riva beat Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) to the podium.

Despite the film's Jean-Louis Trintignant presenting a strong tilt at the London Critics' Circle film award for best actor, it was Joaquin Phoenix who emerged with the honor, ahead of other contenders Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) and Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt).

Philip Seymour Hoffman's turn in The Master won him the best supporting actor award at the 33rd LCCFA, and Anne Hathaway secured the best supporting actress plaudit for her turn in Les Miserables.

Hoffman beat out Alan Arkin (Argo), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall).

Hathaway's competition was Amour's Isabelle Huppert, Sally Field (Lincoln), Amy Adams (The Master) and Judi Dench (Skyfall).

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The awards also offer specifically British categories, mirroring the British Academy Film Awards presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, with Toby Jones emerging with the British actor win for his outing in Berberian Sound Studio, which also won the best British film plaudit.

Best British actress was deemed by LCCFA voters to be Andrea Riseborough for her role in Shadow Dancer.

The London Film Critics' Circle comprises more than 120 members of U.K. film critics, broadcasters and writers, who this year voted for more than 200 titles on their nominations ballots.

The awards were handed out at the May Fair Hotel in central London.

The winners in full:

The Sky Movies Award: FILM OF THE YEAR

Amour (Artificial Eye)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)

The Attenborough Award: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR - presented by The May Fair Hotel

Berberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)

The Spotlight Award: ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Joaquin Phoenix The Master (Entertainment)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emmanuelle RivaAmour (Artificial Eye)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master (Entertainment)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Anne HathawayLes Miserables (Universal)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR - in association with Cameo Productions

Toby JonesBerberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Andrea RiseboroughShadow Dancer (Paramount)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Tom HollandThe Impossible (eOne)

The American Airlines Award: DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Ang LeeLife of Pi (Fox)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Michael Haneke Amour (Artificial Eye)

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Alice Lowe & Steve Oram, writers – Sightseers (StudioCanal)

The Sky 3D Award: TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Life of PiBill Westenhofer, visual effects (Fox)

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM - sponsored by Premier
Helena Bonham Carter

Top 10 Films

Amour (Artificial Eye)

The Master (Entertainment)

Life of Pi (Fox)

Argo (Warners)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (StudioCanal)

Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)

Django Unchained (Sony)

Tabu (New Wave)

Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)

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