'Amour,' 'Life of Pi,' 'The Master' win big as London critics spread the love

Posted by · 12:32 pm · January 20th, 2013

One of the few downsides of being at Sundance this year is that I missed the awards ceremony of my own critics’ group, the London Film Critics’ Circle. They’ve just been handed out at a classy gathering at London’s Mayfair Hotel, and I’m pleased to see that a good half-dozen of the nominees I voted for took home awards — not that I’m inclined to complain about any of the winners on this well-balanced list.

“Amour” was the night’s top winner, taking Best Film, Screenplay and Actress for Emmanuelle Riva, but no one film was allowed to dominate too heavily. In something of a surprise, Ang Lee took the Best Director award for “Life of Pi,” which took an additional technical achievement award for its visual effects.

“The Master” was also a double winner, taking acting awards for Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Meanwhile, runaway precursor favorite Daniel Day-Lewis got a night off, losing not only Best Actor to Phoenix, but Best British Actor to Toby Jones for “Berberian Sound Studio” — which, I’m thrilled to report, also won Best British Film. (In case you’ve forgotten, it was #4 in my top 10 of 2012.) Nice job, fellow Londoners.

Full list of winners below. You can remind yourself of the nominees at The Circuit.

Film of the Year: “Amour”

British Film of the Year: “Berberian Sound Studio”

Foreign Language Film of the Year: “Rust and Bone”

Documentary of the Year: “The Imposter”

Director of the Year: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”

Actor of the Year: Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

Actress of the Year: Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”

British Actor of the Year: Toby Jones, “Berberian Sound Studio”

British Actress of the Year: Andrea Riseborough, “Shadow Dancer”

Supporting Actor of the Year: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

Supporting Actress of the Year: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Screenwriter of the Year: Michael Haneke, “Amour”

Young British Performer of the Year: Tom Holland, “The Impossible”

Breakthrough British Filmmaker of the Year: Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, “Sightseers”

Technical Achievement of the Year: Bill Westenhofer (visual effects), “Life of Pi”

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