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 actor to Toby Jones for "Berberian Sound Studio."
A full list of winners follows.
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"