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At least five film critics associations announced their best of the year picks over the weekend, and once again Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" proved the film to beat. The hunt for Osama bin Laden film dominated the field, far ahead of its nearest rivals including "Lincoln," "Amour," "The Master" and "Les Miserables."

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association

One of the few who went against the grain was the Los Angeles Film Critics Association which named Michael Haneke's French-language drama "Amour" the Best Picture of 2012.

Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" was the runner-up, but it did win for Best Director, Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams) and production design.

"Frankenweenie" scored Best Animated Film, "Holy Motors" won Best Foreign Language Film, and "The Gatekeepers" scored Best Documentary. "Argo" took Best Screenplay, "Skyfall" won Best Cinematography, and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" won best score. »

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