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National Society of Film Critics Goes with 'Amour'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 5, 2013 at 4:15PM

Always the last of the major film critics groups to weigh in, usually after the new year, the National Society of Film Critics has made its picks for 2012, led by much-lauded multiple winner "Amour."
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Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke

Always the last of the major film critics groups to weigh in, usually after the new year, the National Society of Film Critics has made its picks for 2012, led by much-lauded multiple winner "Amour."

With the pushed-up Academy voting, ballots are already in for nominations, which will be announced Thursday, January 10. A big question is whether "Amour" will land a best picture, best actress or--most likely--original screenplay nominations; we can assume that the foreign film committee will include it in the final five.

  • Picture: "Amour"
  • Actor: Daniel Day Lewis ("Lincoln")
  • Actress: Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour")
  • Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey ("Bernie," "Magic Mike")
  • Supporting Actress: Amy Adams ("The Master")
  • Director: Michael Haneke ("Amour")
  • Non-Fiction: ("The Gatekeepers")
  • Cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr. ("The Master")
  • Screenplay: Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"

More details on the voting below:

BEST PICTURE
*1. Amour (Sony Classics) – 28
2. The Master – 25
3. Zero Dark Thirty – 18

BEST DIRECTOR
*1. Michael Haneke (Amour) – 27
2. Kathryn Bigelow – 24
2. Paul Thomas Anderson – 24

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Reviews, Critics Groups, Critics, Amour, The Master, Emmanuelle Riva, Michael Haneke


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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.