"Amour" won the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the 18th annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on Jan. 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. The awards show was hosted by Sam Rubin and was broadcast on the CW Network. Accepting the award was the co-producer of "Amour" Stefan Arndt.
In "Amour," Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested. The film stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert.
"Amour" won the coveted Cannes Film Festival last May. It is up for a Golden Globe Award this Sunday and has been nominated for five Academy Awards. "Amour" is the front-runner to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and could perhaps break into the other categories that are usually bestowed upon American films.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com