Amour tops London Film Critics Circle Awards with three wins

With the BAFTAs to announce their winners in three weeks time, the London Film Critics have pitched in with their choices for 2012/2013.

The acclaimed Austrian drama Amour secured three awards including the important Film of the Year prize beating off competition from Argo, Life of Pi and The Master. It also landed Best Actress for veteran Emmanuelle Riva who triumphed over Oscar favourites Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) as well as Best Screenplay for writer/director Michael Haneke.

However Haneke did miss out on Best Director which was awarded instead to Ang Lee for his helming of Life of Pi which also won Best Technical Achievement. The Master earned its two male star Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman the respected Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor prizes while Anne Hathaway claimed another crucial win in Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables.

Berberian Sound Studio was named Best British Film while main actor Toby Jones was named Best British Actor for his performance in the film. The lovely Andrea Riseborough continued her impressive run in awards season winning the Best British Actress gong for the IRA-thriller Shadow Dancer while youngster Tom Holland deservedly won Best Young Actor for his role in the tsunami-drama The Impossible.

Steve Oman and Alice Lowe were named Best Breakthrough Filmmakers for their making of the British comedy Sightseers while French drama Rust and Bone triumphed in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The full list of winners are below:

FILM OF THE YEAR
Amour

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Rust and Bone

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
The Imposter

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
Berberian Sound Studio

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

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Tom Holland – The Impossible

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Ang Lee – Life of Pi

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Michael Haneke – Amour

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

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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

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