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LA Film Critics Awards Led by 'Amour' and 'The Master'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 9, 2012 at 6:11PM

As predicted, on Sunday the Los Angeles Film Critics Association rewarded many indie films that had been under-appreciated by other groups so far. They awarded Best Film and Actress to Michael Haneke's "Amour," which had clocked several key foreign film wins thus far. Emmanuelle Riva shared the actress prize with Jennifer Lawrence of "Silver Linings Playbook," which was runner-up for Best Screenplay.
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The New York Film Critics Circle and less influential National Board of Review voted last week: "Zero Dark Thirty" came out first with both. The DC film critics, on the other hand, went for "Lincoln." Various film critics are starting to post their ten bests. Here's Time, which names "Cloud Atlas" the worst film of 2012, The Washington Post, and Carrie Rickey.

Next week: the Broadcast Film Critics' Critic Choice Awards (for which I voted today), SAG and Golden Globes nominations.

Picture: "Amour"
Runner-up: "The Master"

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Runner-up: Denis Lavant, "Holy Motors"

Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook" and Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour" (tie)

Supporting actress: Amy Adams, "The Master"
Runner-up: Anne Hathaway, "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Les Miserables"

Supporting actor: Dwight Henry, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"
Runner-up: David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Foreign-language film: "Holy Motors"
Runner-up: "Footnote"

Documentary/non-fiction film: "The Gatekeepers"
Runner-up: "Searching for Sugar Man"

Animation: "Frankenweenie"
Runner-up: "It's Such a Beautiful Day"

New Generation: Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Cinematography: Roger Deakins, "Skyfall"
Runner-up: Mihai Malaimare Jr., "The Master"

Editing: Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Runner-up: William Goldenberg, "Argo"

Production design: Jack Fisk and David Crank, "The Master"
Runner-up: Adam Stockhausen, "Moonrise Kingdom"

Music score: Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Runner-up: Jonny Greenwood, "The Master"

The Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award: "Leviathan"
 

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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.