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Acclaimed drama beats Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master to win best picture

Michael Haneke's Palme D'Or-winning drama Amour was named best picture at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards at the weekend.

Haneke's film about an elderly French couple dealing with the aftermath of a series of debilitating strokes triumphed over Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, but it was still a good night for the period drama about an L Ron Hubbard-style cult leader. Anderson won best director, Joaquin Phoenix received best actor and Amy Adams took best supporting actress.

Silver Linings Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence shared the best actress prize with Amour's Emmanuelle Riva, while best supporting actor went to Beasts of the Southern Wild's Dwight Henry, a baker who made his acting debut on Benh Zeitlin's critically acclaimed tale of life on the Louisiana bayou. »

- Ben Child

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