Over forty Canadian critics voted Sunday for the 16th annual Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, and after what I'm sure was a spirited deliberation -- possibly involving journalists staring into each others' eyes without blinking while asking deeply personal questions -- "The Master" was chosen as the group's best film of 2012. Mysterious cult master Lancaster Dodd and his followers in The Cause also claimed three more prizes in Toronto: two for writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson and one for the man who played Dodd, Philip Seymour Hoffman, for Best Supporting Actor.
Though Hoffman has found favor with several regional critics groups, by and large Toronto's favorite performances of 2012 were a bit more eclectic than many of those chosen by their colleagues from around the rest of North America. "Holy Motors"' Denis Lavant topped "Lincoln"'s Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, and "Killer Joe"'s Gina Gershon bested "Les Miserables"' Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress. Toronto's award winners also included one tie, for Best First Feature, shared between Benh Zeitlin and his popular Sundance hit "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and Canadian director Panos Cosmatos' psychedelic sci-fi film "Beyond the Black Rainbow."
Here's the full list of Toronto Film Critics Association winners.
Best Film: "The Master"
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, "The Deep Blue Sea"
Best Actor: Denis Lavant, "Holy Motors"
Best Supporting Actress: Gina Gershon, "Killer Joe"
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Best First Feature: Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild;" Panos Cosmatos, "Beyond the Black Rainbow" (tie)
Allan King Documentary Award: "Stories We Tell"
Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"
Rogers Best Canadian Film Award Finalists: "Bestiaire," "Goon," and "Stories We Tell"
The Best Canadian Film award will be given out at the TFCA's gala dinner on January 8th, where the winner receives a $100,000 cash prize. You can find out more about the TFCA and their annual awards at TorontoFilmCritics.com. For more 2012 critics awards, click through below.
Other 2012 Critics Awards (Best Film Pick in Parenthesis)
-Sight & Sound ("The Master")
-New York Film Critics Circle ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Boston Online Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Los Angeles Film Critics Association ("Amour")
-Boston Society of Film Critics ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-New York Film Critics Online ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Las Vegas Film Critics Society ("Life of Pi")
-San Diego Film Critics Society ("Argo")