Ahead of next Thursday's Oscar nominations the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) today named "Amour" its best film of 2012. The group of 60 film critics from across the U.S. met on Saturday at Lincoln Center in New York City for its annual event.
"Amour", a French language film directed by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, is about the onset of old age, deteriorating health and death, and how a long-time married couple in their eighties adjusts to those life-altering situations.
The film, which has picked up a head of steam among many film critics lately, stars French acting legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as the married couple. The NSFC named Ms. Riva as best actress and Mr. Haneke as best director.
Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor for his portrayal of America's 16th president in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln", while Tony Kushner's screenplay for the epic film was recognized as the best.
For best cinematography Mihai Malaimaire was recognized for "The Master", and "The Gatekeepers", about the Israeli Secret Service was named best non-fiction film.
The late Andrew Sarris, film critic for such publications as The New Yorker, was saluted, as the 2012 awards were dedicated to him. Mr. Sarris founded the National Society Of Film Critics in 1966.
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