<p>Michael Fassbender received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for &quot;Prometheus.&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for "Prometheus."

Credit: 20th Century Fox

'Amour' and 'The Master' lead London Critics' Circle nominations

'Beasts,' 'Pi' fend off 'Lincoln,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' in Film of the Year field

The London Film Critics' Circle joined their American counterparts today in announcing their nominations, and I think they did rather a good job. Then again, I would say that: I'm one of the voters. And it's pretty clear which films we responded to most as a collective: Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Michael Haneke's "Amour" handily lead the field with seven nominations each, including a trio of acting nods apiece.

A number of US critics' favorites, however, fell short: "Lincoln" was confined to the acting categories alone, while "Zero Dark Thirty" managed nods for Best Director, Screenplay and Actress, but just missed out in the Film of the Year category, which was filled out with "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Life of Pi." (It's perhaps coincidental but nonetheless interesting that both are dramas centered very much on US political concerns -- are Brits simply less invested? It'll be interesting to see how BAFTA respond.) 

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<p>Denis Lavant in &quot;Holy Motors.&quot;</p>

Denis Lavant in "Holy Motors."

Credit: Indomina Releasing

Toronto critics favor 'The Master,' Lavant, Weisz

2012 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

As you'd expect from a city boasting one of the world's major film festivals, the Toronto Film Critics Association is one of the most discerning and unconventional groups on the block, and so they've again proved with their 2012 picks. Continuing its recent mini-run of critics' prizes, "The Master" takes another Best Picture prize, also nabbing Best Director, Screenplay and Supporting Actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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<p>Sam Riley on &quot;On the Road.&quot;</p>

Sam Riley on "On the Road."

Credit: IFC Films

Roundup: The adaptations that filmed the 'unfilmable'

Also: A.O. Scott declares 'Amour,' and Jeunet's 'Life of Pi'

I'm not sure of Steve Pond's assertion that the adapted screenplay race is significantly "more crowded and competitive" than the original one this year, but I do like his point that judging adaptations can entail a different set of considerations than with originals (one reason I think the Academy gets it right, where many other awards don't, with separate categories). This year's crop, he suggests, "should be judged the same way diving competitions are: with one score for how artful the film is, the other for the degree of difficulty." With several films this year taking on source material once widely tagged with the "unfilmable" label, from "Cloud Atlas" to "On the Road" to "Lie of Pi," Pond talks to the screenwriters who gave the lie to that curious adjective. [The Wrap

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<p>John Goodman and Alan Arkin in &quot;Argo.&quot;</p>

John Goodman and Alan Arkin in "Argo."

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Argo' tops with Southeastern Film Critics

Yet more honors for Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence

The Southeastern Film Critics' Association have thrown their favorites in the mix, and there remains a pleasing lack of consensus between these groups in the Best Picture department. "Argo" notches up another win here, also taking wins for Best Director and Screenplay. Oscar favorites Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence add to their already groaning trophy cabinets, while the most distinctive prize in the list is the Gene Wyatt Award for the film that "best embodies the spirit of the South." The handily-titled "Beasts of the Southern Wild" beat "Bernie" to the punch, though I wonder how many votes "The Paperboy" got. Full list of winners after the jump; check out everything else at The Circuit.

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<p>&quot;Safety&nbsp;Not Guaranteed&quot;</p>

"Safety Not Guaranteed"

Credit: FilmDistrict

Indiana Film Journalists Association goes its own way, crowns 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

Bradley Cooper and Daniel Day-Lewis tie for Best Actor

Well if you were looking for someone, anyone, to just go the least bit against the grain, the Indiana Film Journalists Association is here to save the day. After announcing nominees last week, the group has handed Best Picture honors to Colin Trevorrow's "Safety Not Guaranteed," making it just one more film to win such honors in a year that is spreading the love quite a bit. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Ben&nbsp;Affleck in &quot;Argo&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck in "Argo"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Argo,' Ben Affleck win with St. Louis critics

And a tie for Best Supporting Actress

The St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association has decided on winners and stuck up for Ben Affleck's "Argo," which won Best Picture and Best Director. Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain won top honors for acting. Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor while Ann Dowd and Helen Hunt tied for Best Supporting Actress. Nominees here. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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From 'A(mour)' to 'Z(ero Dark Thirty)': the best films of 2012

From 'A(mour)' to 'Z(ero Dark Thirty)': the best films of 2012

A fantastic year of movies filters down to this

It's been said here and in the podcast a number of times, but I might as well offer it up once more for good measure: 2012 was a pretty good year for movies. I admired a lot. I may not have loved a ton but I certainly really, really liked a lot and my appreciation and respect for a number of the visions tossed out on to screens this year can't be overstated. Bravo to the filmmakers, truly.

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<p>Jessica Chastain in &quot;Zero&nbsp;Dark&nbsp;Thirty&quot;</p>

Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"

Credit: Columbia Pictures

'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'The Master' win big with Chicago film critics

'Lincoln' wins yet another pair of awards for lead actor and adapted screenplay

Another swift turnaround from nominations, as the Chicaco Film Critics Association has joined the chorus of "Zero Dark Thirty" supporters. The film won five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. "The Master," meanwhile, won four, for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Score. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>&quot;Les Mis&eacute;rables&quot; will be opening while voters have ballots in hand. Could inevitable box office stories help push it along?</p>

"Les Misérables" will be opening while voters have ballots in hand. Could inevitable box office stories help push it along?

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Off the Carpet: Ballots are out

As the Academy prepares to speak up, where are we now?

Normally this column would begin with something like, "Ballots have been mailed to Oscar voters today," but that begs reminding that for the first time ever, the Academy has adopted an electronic voting system in addition to paper ballots (for those who request them). How will that change the course of the season? Is chatter about glitches and lack of understanding just a facile talking point blown out of proportion? Maybe. The Academy has been very diligent in reminding its membership of the changes, so I think it'll be fine, but what is tangible in all of this is the landscape as a result of the first major nominations announcements of the season.

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<p>Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in &quot;Silver Linings Playbook.&quot;</p>

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Silver Linings Playbook' rules the Satellite Awards

Five awards for the comedy, including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Actress

As I've said before, I don't know a lot about the International Press Academy, which quietly holds the Satellite Awards every year, but I've gathered this much: they really, really like "Silver Linings Playbook." At last night's ceremony, David O. Russell's pleasantly frayed romantic comedy won Best Picture, Director and Film Editing, as well as the top two acting prizes for stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

One of the few major categories it didn't scoop was Best Adapted Screenplay, which went to "Life of Pi" -- Ang Lee's FX-heavy meta-fable also won Best Cinematography, but oddly lost the Best Visual Effects award to "Flight." As their unusual slate of nominees already showed, the Satellites don't generally follow the herd: Javier Bardem took Best Supporting Actor, while two films, neither of them "Amour," tied in the foreign -language race. Still, even they couldn't resist Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables," which, with two extra trophies for its aural elements, ended up the night's second-biggest winner. Full list of winners after the jump, with everything else at The Circuit..  

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