'Amour' takes top prize from LA film critics

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 10 at 2:04 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The French-language drama "Amour" has been chosen as the year's best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, whose prizes are among a flurry of year-end honors that help sort out the Academy Awards race.

Among other honors the group announced Sunday, the 1950s cult drama "The Master" earned three awards: best director for Paul Thomas Anderson, best actor for Joaquin Phoenix and supporting actress for Amy Adams.

"The Master" also was chosen as best-picture runner-up.

"Amour" star Emmanuelle Riva, who plays an elderly, ailing woman being cared for by her husband, shared the best-actress honor in a tie with Jennifer Lawrence for the lost-soul romance "Silver Linings Playbook."

Newcomer Dwight Henry was chosen as supporting actor for the low-budget critical darling "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

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