Camille Rewinds (Camille Redouble) will compete for the coveted Best Film prize, and Noemie Lvovsky is nominated for both Best Director, Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay.
The drama also scored nods in categories for Best Costume, Best Music and Best Editing among others, and two of its stars, Michel Vuillermoz and Samir Guesmi, will go head-to-head for the Best Supporting Actor trophy.
Internationally-acclaimed film Amour, which is up for Best Picture prize at the Academy Awards next month (Feb13), is also nominated in the Cesar Best Film category, along with Rust and Bone, Holy Motors, The First Name, In the House and Farewell, My Queen.
Rust and Bone star Marion Cotillard will face Lvovsky for the Best Actress trophy, alongside fellow nominees Catherine Frot (Les Saveurs du Palais), Corinne Masiero (Louise Wimmer), Lea Seydoux (Farewell, My Queen), Helene Vincent (A Few Hours of Spring) and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), who is also nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
The Best Actor category includes Riva's Amour co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant, who will compete against Jean-Pierre Bacri (Cherchez Hortense), Patrick Bruel (The First Name), Denis Lavant (Holy Motors), Vincent Lindon (A Few Hours of Spring), Fabrice Luchini (In the House) and Jeremie Renier (Cloclo).
Ben Affleck's Argo also picked up a nod in the Best Foreign Film list.
The Cesar Awards, France's answer to the Oscars, will take place at Le Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on 22 February (13).
It seems once the voters in the National Society of Film Critics were able to dry their eyes after watching Michael Haneke's gut-wrenching tearjerker Amour, they could see a clear winner. The French drama about an elderly couple (played masterfully by Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant) coping with end-of-life struggles, was named Best Picture. Additionally, both Haneke and Riva earned accolades for Best Director and Best Actress, respectively. The foreign-language film has continued to both win over and depress critics and moviegoers alike since winning the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
In other categories, Oscar frontrunner Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor by the National Society of Film Critics for his performance in Lincoln (the film's scribe Tony Kushner won for Best Screenplay), Matthew McConaughey was named Best Supporting Actor for his work in both Magic Mike and Bernie, and Amy Adams earned Best Supporting Actress for her powerhouse turn in The Master. (That film was also heralded with Best Cinematography.)
The National Society of Film Critics, which is composed of 60 of the nation's top critics, held their 47th annual awards meeting on Saturday, January 5 at Elinor Bunim Munroe Center at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. Here is the complete list of winners, complete with the voting number results:
Best Picture1. Amour – 282. The Master – 253. Zero Dark Thirty – 18 Best Actor 1. Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln – 59 2. Denis Lavant – Holy Motors – 493. Joaquin Phoenix – The Master – 49 Best Actress1. Emmanuelle Riva – Amour – 50 2. Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook –423. Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty – 32 Best Supporting Actor1. Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike, Bernie – 272. Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln – 223. Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master– 19 Best Supporting Actress1. Amy Adams – The Master – 342. Sally Field – Lincoln – 233. Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables – 13 Best Director1. Michael Haneke – Amour – 272. Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty – 242. Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master – 24 Best Screenplay1. Lincoln – Tony Kushner – 592. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson – 273. Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell – 19 Best Cinematography 1. The Master – 602. Skyfall – 303. Zero Dark Thirty – 21 Best Nonfiction1. The Gatekeepers - 532. This Is Not a Film – 453. Searching for Sugar Man - 23 Experimental: This Is Not a Film
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The movie has won the Canadian organisation's trophies for best film and best screenplay, while Paul Thomas Anderson was named best director and Philip Seymour Hoffman was hailed as best supporting actor.
The Master saw off competition from French drama Amour, which was named the year's top foreign-language film. Michael Haneke's Amour previously beat The Master to the top prize bestowed by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Denis Lavant won best actor for his role in Holy Motors and Rachel Weisz took best actress for her performance in The Deep Blue Sea, while Gina Gershon was voted best supporting actress for her turn in Killer Joe, and ParaNorman was named 2012's best animated feature.
The prizes will be handed out at a gala in Toronto on 8 January (13).
It was a big and varied year for movies in 2012, and this year's LA Film Critics Association's winners and runners-up are proof of just that.
Founded in 1975, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA for short and those who like humorous-sounding acronyms) is comprised of Los Angeles-based film critics working in the town's print and electronic media. Every December, these members get together to "vote on the year’s Achievement Awards, honoring screen excellence on both sides of the camera." The group live-tweeted the winners on their Twitter account as they were decided.
This year saw a lot of heavy-hitters coming to play—with huge films such as Argo and Silver Linings Playbook and The Master all bringing major awards-season buzz to the table—as well as more independent fare such as Amour and Holy Motors holding their own. And those accolades proved to be advantageous, as all three films picked up multiple wins and runners-up spots in Sunday morning's "spirited vote." Perhaps the biggest surprise of all, though, was the near-shut-out of Les Misérables, earning no more than a runner-up spot for the much-buzzed-about work of Anne Hathaway in the Best Supporting Actress role of Fantine.
Another surprise? The big-ticket wins for Amour, the Michael Haneke-directed foreign film that snapped up both Best Picture and Best Actress wins: Emmanuelle Riva tied with Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence for the top spot for leading ladies.
Check out the full list of winners and runners-up below:
Runner-Up: The Master
Winner: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Runner-up: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
Winner (tie): Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook and
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Winner: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Winner: Amy Adams, The Master
Runner-up: Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises and Les Misérables
NEW GENERATION AWARD:
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Winner: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Winner: Chris Terrio, Argo
Runner-up: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Winner: Holy Motors
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Winner: David Crank and Jack Fisk, The Master
Runner-up: Adam Stockhausen, Moonrise Kingdom
BEST MUSIC SCORE:
Winner: Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner-up: Jonny Greenwood, The Master
Runner-up: It's Such a Beautiful Day
Winner: The Gatekeepers
Runner-up: Searching for Sugar Man
Winner: Roger Deakins, Skyfall
Runner-up: Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master
Winner: Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty
Runner-up: William Goldenberg, Argo
What do you think of this year's winners? Surprised to see who won and who lost? Let us know in the comments!
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