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Michael Haneke's "Amour" has been nominated for five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Actress, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Screenplay (which you can read here). And the film continues to score foreign film wins (NY and La Film Critics, Nbr, Critics Choice, Golden Globes and BAFTA, which also gave Emmanuelle Riva best actress, along with the La and National Film Critics and the European Film Awards) after a stellar year that began with the film winning the Palme d'Or in Cannes last May. Haneke's last film, "White Ribbon," was nominated for the foreign film Oscar as well as cinematography. "Amour"'s success with the Academy is somewhat surprising, given its elegantly wrought but potentially uncomfortable end-of-life subject. But the film has built solid voter support ("it's my life," one elderly director told me) and Haneke, up for three awards, and Riva are both serious contenders. Sony Pictures. »

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