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London Critics’ Circle Film Awards: 'Amour', Phoenix, Hathaway the big winners; Phoenix's Weird Statement

Photo of Matt Mueller By Matt Mueller | Thompson on Hollywood January 20, 2013 at 8:04PM

On a snowy night in the city, in a ceremony held at the Mayfair Hotel, the London Critics' Circle expressed their admiration for Michael Haneke's "Amour" by awarding it three prizes: Film of the Year, Actress of the Year for Emmanuelle Riva and Screenwriter of the Year for Haneke. The victories add a nice head of steam to "Amour"'s awards-season campaign, with Riva in particular getting a boost in the run-up to the BAFTAs and Oscars.
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Anne Hathaway in "Les Miserables"
Anne Hathaway in "Les Miserables"
FILM OF THE YEAR Amour

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR Berberian Sound Studio 


DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
 Ang Lee – Life Of Pi

ACTOR OF THE YEAR Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
 Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
 Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR Toby Jones – Berberian Sound Studio

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
 Andrea Riseborough – Shadow Dancer

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR Michael Haneke – Amour

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
 Rust And Bone

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
 The Imposter

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
 Alice Lowe & Steve Oram, screenwriters – Sightseers

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR 
Tom Holland – The Impossible

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT 
Life Of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, visual effects

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM
 Helena Bonham Carter

Top 10 Films

1. Amour

2. The Master

3. Life Of Pi

4. Argo

5. Beasts Of The Southern Wild

6. Zero Dark Thirty

7. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

8. Django Unchained

9. Tabu

10. Rust And Bone

This article is related to: Awards, Critics Groups, Awards, Amour, Les Miserables, The Master


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.