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AMOUR Movie Runners-Up THE MASTER, ZERO DARK THIRTY: NSFC Awards

Amour Emmanuelle Riva Jean-Louis TrintignantAmour, Emmanuelle Riva, Daniel Day-Lewis: NSFC 2013 winners and runners-up

[See previous post: "National Society of Film Critics Awards: Amy Adams, Amour, Emmanuelle Riva Also Among L.A. Critics Winners."] For the record, Michael Haneke's Amour was the National Society of Film Critics' Best Picture after garnering 28 points. Haneke's Palme d'Or winner was followed by Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master with 25 and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty with 18. (Photo: Amour Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant.)

Amour's Emmanuelle Riva was chosen as the year's Best Actress after receiving 50 points. The runners-up were Silver Linings Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence with 42 and Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain with 32. The young and pretty Lawrence and Chastain have received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations. Tellingly, the 85-year-old foreigner Emmanuelle Riva has not.

European Film Award Best Director winner Michael Haneke received 27 points from the NSFC. In second place there was a tie: 24 points each for Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow and The Master's Paul Thomas Anderson.

Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln victory was the result of 59 points. The runners-up were Holy Motors' Denis Lavant and The Master's Joaquin Phoenix with 49 points each. Of the three, Day-Lewis is the only one nominated for both the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes. Lavant, needless to say, has been ignored by the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Phoenix is up for a Golden Globe in the Best Actor – Drama category.

The Master's Amy Adams received 34 points. Next in line in the Best Supporting Actress category were Lincoln's Sally Field with 23 and Les Misérables' Anne Hathaway with 13. All three actresses have earned Golden Globe nominations. Apparently, SAG Award voters didn't care for The Master, as Adams, much like Joaquin Phoenix, was bypassed.

NSFC winner Matthew McConaughey bypassed by Golden Globes, SAG Awards

Matthew McConaughey earned 27 points for Magic Mike and Bernie. He was followed by Lincoln's Tommy Lee Jones with 22 and The Master's Philip Seymour Hoffman with 19. Curiously, both Jones and Hoffman have been nominated for the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, whereas McConaughey, perhaps as a result of vote-splitting (Magic Mike vs. Bernie), has been bypassed by both.

Tony Kushner's Lincoln screenplay received as many points as Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis, 59. The runners-up were The Master's Paul Thomas Anderson with 27 points, and Silver Linings Playbook's David O. Russell with 19. All three have been shortlisted for the 2013 WGA Awards.

Dror Moreh's The Gatekeepers earned 53 points, followed by Jafar Panahi's Best Experimental Film winner This Is Not a Film with 45 and Malik Bendjelloul's U.S. critics' favorite Searching for Sugar Man with 23.

The Master's cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. received 60 points. Next in line was Skyfall's Roger Deakins with 30 and Greig Fraser with 21 for Kathryn Bigelow's controversial political thriller Zero Dark Thirty — but, curiously, not for either the Kristen Stewart / Chris Hemsworth dark fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman or the Brad Pitt mafia thriller Killing Them Softly (or for Fraser's work on all three movies).

Amour Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant image: Sony Pictures Classics.

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