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Michael Haneke’s tragic and haunting French film Amour is much loved by the National Society of Film Critics, winning Best Picture, Best Director for Haneke and Best Actress for Emmanuelle Riva.

Founded in 1966, the 60-member National Society of Film Critics held its 47th annual awards voting meeting on Saturday, January 5th in New York City.

The Master came in second place for best picture with Zero Dark Thirty third; Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) also tied with Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) for runner-up in the director category.

Critics placed Riva’s performance just ahead of Jennifer Lawrence’s turn as an emotionally damaged widow in Silver Linings Playbook. Au contraire, Riva’s co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant was not among the top vote getters for Best Actor, while Daniel Day-Lewis took home that honor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in another double winner, Steven Spielberg’s film about the »

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