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Films cheering American patriotism like "Lincoln" and "Argo" failed to impress at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards, who handed top honors to Michael Haneke's love story "Amour" at their ceremony Sunday night. (In fact, "Lincoln" wasn't even nominated for best picture.) But Haneke lost best director honors to Ang Lee for "Life of Pi"--making Lee look more and more like a potential surprise spoiler on Oscar night. Of course, the 120-plus critics, broadcasters, and writers who make up the London Film Critics' Circle likely have no overlap with Oscar voters, but it's still a nice boost for both "Amour," which also landed best actress honors for Emanuelle Riva, and "Life of Pi," which also recieved a special award for Technical Achievement of the Year for visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer. Daniel Day-Lewis was defeated twice, losing best actor to Joaquin Phoenix for "The Master," and best British »

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