Saturday, February 28, 2015

Amour, Lincoln, Master win top critics' prizes

The National Society of Film Critics handed out its awards for 2012, with "Amour," Michael Haneke's heartbreaker about an aging French couple, winning the best picture prize. "Lincoln" and "The Master" took home multiple awards.

Amour, Lincoln, Master win top critics' prizes

AMOUR -  Left to Right: Director Michael Haneke, Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant for the movie "Amour"

Photo by � Denis Manin, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
AMOUR - Left to Right: Director Michael Haneke, Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant for the movie "Amour" Photo by � Denis Manin, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Sony Pictures Classics

Michael Haneke’s heartbreaking drama about an aging Paris couple, starring French New Wave icons Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, won the best film of 2012 prize – and Riva won best actress, and Haneke director – as the National Society of Film Critics convened Saturday at Lincoln Center in New York to consider the exceptionally strong year just past. Lincoln and The Master won two awards each. Here’s the complete list, with second and third choices listed in parentheses.

BEST PICTURE
Amour (The Master; Zero Dark Thirty)

BEST DIRECTOR
Michael HanekeAmour (Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty; Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master)

BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-LewisLincoln (Denis Lavant, Holy Motors; Joaquin Phoenix, The Master)

BEST ACTRESS
Emmanuelle RivaAmour  (Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook; Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Matthew McConaugheyMagic Mike, Bernie (Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln; Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy AdamsThe Master (Sally Field, Lincoln;  Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables)

BEST NONFICTION
The Gatekeepers  (This Is Not a Film; Searching for Sugar Man)

BEST SCREENPLAY
LincolnTony Kushner (The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson, Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Master -- Mihai Malaimare, Jr. (Skyfall -- Roger Deakins; Zero Dark Thirty -- Greig Fraser)

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

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