‘Amour’ sweeps National Society of Film Critics Awards

Amour” won Best Picture, Director (Michael Haneke) and Actress (Emmanuelle Riva) from the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday.

The Master” had a strong showing, winning Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams) and Cinematography, was runner-up for Picture, Director (Paul Thomas Anderson), Actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and Screenplay and came in third for Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman). 

“Zero Dark Thirty” came in third for Picture, Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Actress (Jessica Chastain) and Cinematography. Chastain’s closest Oscar rival — Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) — was runner-up to Riva. 

Best Actor went to Oscar frontrunner Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln“) while Matthew McConaughey won the supporting prize for “Magic Mike.” 

Tony Kushner won the Screenplay award for adapting Doris Kearn Goodwin‘s “Team of Rivals” into “Lincoln” while the film’s featured players Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field were runners-up in their respective supporting races. 

Best Documentary went to “The Gatekeepers” which is among the 15 semi-finalists for the Oscars. 

The NSFC was founded in 1966 and describes itself thus: “The Society differs from other critical associations in a number of significant ways. In the first place, it is truly national. Its 61 members include critics from major papers in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Its members also include the critics not just of Time, Newsweek, and The New Yorker, but also of The Village Voice, The Boston Phoenix, and Salon.com. Second, membership is by election. The Society represents movie criticism in the United States by supplying the official critic delegate to the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress and abroad as the official American representative to FIPRESCI, the international federation of members of the film press.”

Only five of their 46 picks for Best Picture have gone on to repeat at the Oscars: “Annie Hall” (1977), “Unforgiven” (1992), “Schindler’s List” (1993), “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) and “The Hurt Locker” (2009). 

Last year’s its top choice was “Melancholia,” which was shut out at the Oscars. It snubbed “The Artist,” which won five Oscars and none of the four NSFC acting winners took home Academy Awards. 

The full list of winners along with second and third place finishers is below with the number of votes for each in brackets. 

Best Picture: “Amour” (28)
Runners-up: “The Master” (25); “Zero Dark Thirty” (18)

Best Director: Michael Haneke, “Amour” (27)
Runners-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master” (24); Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty” (24)

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” (59)
Runners-up: Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors” (49); Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master” (49)

Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour” (50)
Runners-up: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook” (42); Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” (32)

Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Magic Mike” (27)
Runners-up: Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” (22); Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master” (19)

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, “The Master” (34)
Runners-up: Sally Field, “Lincoln” (23); Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables” (13)

Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, “Lincoln” (59)
Runners-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master” (27); David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook” (19)

Best Documentary: “The Gatekeepers” (53)
Runners-up: “This Is Not A Film” (45); “Searching for Sugar Man” (23)

Best Cinematography: Mihai Milaimare Jr., “The Master” (60)
Runners-up: Roger Deakins, “Skyfall” (30); Greig Fraser, “Zero Dark Thirty” (21)

Best Experimental Film: Jafar Panahi, “This Is Not A Film”

Film Heritage Award: Laurence Kardish; Milestone Film & Video

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