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National Society of Film Critics Names ‘Amour’ Best Film of 2012

Amour Best Film
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As we rush headlong toward the Oscars, every award from every organization and critic group gives us a taste of what may be taking home the gold next month. Like many before it, the National Society of Film Critics has given their top prize to a film that is looking like a shoe-in for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award: Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour.’

With ten nomination slots for regular ‘ol Best Picture, many Oscar pundits are predicting that Haneke’s extremely dark drama may also have a shot at scoring at the ceremony’s top prize, but that’s not particularly common. History has shown that Oscar voters tend to “reward” a foreign film with a nomination or two but save the big awards for bigger films.

Other winners from the list include Haneke for Best Director, Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, ‘Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva for Best Actress, Matthew McConaughey for Best Supporting actor and Amy Adams for Best Supporting Actress. Check out the full list of winners (and runner-ups) below!)

BEST PICTURE
1. Amour
2. The Master
3. Zero Dark Thirty

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Michael Haneke – Amour
2. Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
2. Paul Thomas Anderson — The Master

BEST ACTOR
1. Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
2. Denis Lavant – Holy Motors
2. Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

BEST ACTRESS
1. Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
2. Jennifer Lawrence — Silver Linings Playbook
3. Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike, Bernie
2. Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Amy Adams – The Master
2. Sally Field – Lincoln
3. Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables

BEST NONFICTION
1. The Gatekeepers
2. This Is Not a Film
3. Searching for Sugar Man

BEST SCREENPLAY
1. Lincoln – Tony Kushner
2. The Master – P.T. Anderson
3. Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. The Master – Mihai Malaimare, Jr.
2. Skyfall – Roger Deakins
3. Zero Dark Thirty – Greig Fraser

EXPERIMENTAL
This Is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi

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