Michael Haneke’s Amour has picked up awards for Best Film, Actress and Screenwriter at the 33rd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.
The prizes, handed out this evening (Jan 20) at London’s Mayfair Hotel, saw Haneke’s film about an elderly French couple continue its awards charge.
As well as the top prize for Best Film, Emmanuelle Riva won Actress of the Year and Haneke won Screenwriter of the Year.
Amour has now won more than 40 awards around the world, including the Palme d’Or in Cannes last May (where the film premiered) and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film on Jan 13. It is up for five Academy Awards, including Best Film.
The film is a co-production between Les Films du Losange (France), X-Filme Creative Pool (Germany), and Wega Film (Austria).
Berberian Sound Studio won two awards for British Film of the Year and British Actor of the Year for Toby Jones’ lead performance.
The Master also claimed a brace of trophies for Actor of the Year Joaquin Phoenix and Supporting Actor of the Year Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Life of Pi was another film to pick up two prizes, one for Director of the Year Ang Lee and the other for Technical Achievement, honouring the work of Bill Westenhofer.
Other prizes saw The Imposter named Documentary of the Year; Anne Hathaway awarded Supporting Actress of the Year for her performance as Fantine in Les Miserables; and Andrea Riseborough winning Best Actress of the Year for her role in Shadow Dancer.
Tom Holland won Young British Performer of the Year for his performance in tsunami drama The Impossible; and actors Alice Lowe and Steve Oram were awarded Breakthrough British Film-Makers for their writing of dark comedy drama Sightseers.
Actress Helena Bonham Carter received the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, joining a list of previous recipients that include Dirk Bogarde, Richard Attenborough, Judi Dench and Quentin Tarantino.
When the honour was first revealed in December, she said: “To be chosen for this award is a surprise and an honour. It’s always nice when critics say something nice about you for a change, and especially the critics in your hometown.”
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33rd LONDON CRITICS’ CIRCLE FILM AWARDS WINNERS
The Sky Movies Award:
FILM OF THE YEAR
Amour (Artificial Eye)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)
The Attenborough Award:
BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR - presented by The May Fair Hotel
Berberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)
Top 10 Films
- Amour (Artificial Eye)
- The Master (Entertainment)
- Life of Pi (Fox)
- Argo (Warners)
- Beasts of the Southern Wild (StudioCanal)
- Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)
- Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)
- Django Unchained (Sony)
- Tabu (New Wave)
- Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)
The Spotlight Award:
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master (Entertainment)
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour (Artificial Eye)
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master (Entertainment)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables (Universal)
BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR - in association with Cameo Productions
Toby Jones – Berberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)
BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Andrea Riseborough – Shadow Dancer (Paramount)
YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Tom Holland – The Impossible (eOne)
The American Airlines Award:
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Ang Lee – Life of Pi (Fox)
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Michael Haneke – Amour (Artificial Eye)
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
Alice Lowe & Steve Oram, writers – Sightseers (StudioCanal)
The Sky 3D Award:
Life of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, visual effects (Fox)
DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM - sponsored by Premier
Helena Bonham Carter