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L.A. Film Critics Choose 'Amour' as Best Film of the Year

December 10, 2012, 3:23 am GMT

Paul Thomas Anderson is named the Best Director, Jennifer Lawrence and Emmanuelle Riva are the Best Actresses, and Joaquin Phonenix is hailed as the Best Actor.



After New York Film Critics Circle revealed its winners last week, this time it's Los Angeles Film Critics Association which announced the winners of its awards on Sunday, December 9. Naming Michael Haneke's romantic drama "Amour" its Best Film of the year, the association also hailed Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" as the runner-up for the coveted title.

In addition to claiming the top prize, the French movie collected the Best Actress award for Emmanuelle Riva. She was tied for the title with Jennifer Lawrence for her well-reviewed performance in "Silver Linings Playbook". As for the Best Actor, the prize went to Joaquin Phoenix for his role in "Master", while Denis Lavant became the runner-up thanks to his acting stint in "Holy Motors".

While "Zero Dark Thirty (2012)" won big at NYFCC Awards, the film only collected one title at LAFCA. The Osama bin Laden hunt film snatched the Best Film Editing award for Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg. Its director Kathryn Bigelow, meanwhile, became the runner-up for Best Director, defeated by "Master" helmer P.T. Anderson.

The awards would be handed out to the winners during a scheduled ceremony on January 12 at the Intercontinental Hotel. During the event, LAFCA would also honor documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman with its career achievement award.

Best Film:

Best Director: Best Actor: Best Actress: Best Supporting Actress: Best Supporting Actor: Best Screenplay: Best Animation: Best Documentary: Best Foreign-Language Film: Best Cinematography: Best Film Editing: Best Score: Best Production Design: Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: New Generation Award:

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