'Amour,' 'Life of Pi,' 'The Master' win big as London critics spread the love
Daniel Day-Lewis misses a rare stop on the precursor trail
One of the few downsides of being at Sundance this year is that I missed the awards ceremony of my own critics' group, the London Film Critics' Circle. They've just been handed out at a classy gathering at London's Mayfair Hotel, and I'm pleased to see that a good half-dozen of the nominees I voted for took home awards -- not that I'm inclined to complain about any of the winners on this well-balanced list.
"Amour" was the night's top winner, taking Best Film, Screenplay and Actress for Emmanuelle Riva, but no one film was allowed to dominate too heavily. In something of a surprise, Ang Lee took the Best Director award for "Life of Pi," which took an additional technical achievement award for its visual effects.
"The Master" was also a double winner, taking acting awards for Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Meanwhile, runaway precursor favorite Daniel Day-Lewis got a night off, losing not only Best Actor to Phoenix, but Best British Actor to Toby Jones for "Berberian Sound Studio" -- which, I'm thrilled to report, also won Best British Film. (In case you've forgotten, it was #4 in my top 10 of 2012.) Nice job, fellow Londoners.
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Full list of winners below. You can remind yourself of the nominees at The Circuit.
Film of the Year: "Amour"
British Film of the Year: "Berberian Sound Studio"
Foreign Language Film of the Year: "Rust and Bone"
Documentary of the Year: "The Imposter"
Director of the Year: Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
Actor of the Year: Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Actress of the Year: Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
British Actor of the Year: Toby Jones, "Berberian Sound Studio"
British Actress of the Year: Andrea Riseborough, "Shadow Dancer"
Supporting Actor of the Year: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Supporting Actress of the Year: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Screenwriter of the Year: Michael Haneke, "Amour"
Young British Performer of the Year: Tom Holland, "The Impossible"
Breakthrough British Filmmaker of the Year: Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, "Sightseers"
Technical Achievement of the Year: Bill Westenhofer (visual effects), "Life of Pi"
2012-2013 OSCAR PREDICTIONS
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing
Best Makeup And Hairstyling
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Production Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Foreign Language Film
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