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'Amour' Named Best Film By National Society of Film Critics

Also nabs prizes for best director and best actress

January 6, 2013 12:21 PM ET

The National Society of Film Critics named Amour the best film of 2012 on Saturday, giving the movie's director, Michael Haneke, and lead actress, Emmanuelle Riva, top awards in their respective categories as well.

The intimate study of an octogenarian couple's struggle with failing health, Austria's official Oscar submission in the best foreign language film category and winner of the Palme D'Or at Cannes, beat out contenders The Master and Zero Dark Thirty for the main prize.  The Society, which is made up of 60 prominent U.S. film critics, awarded Lincoln best screenplay, along with a best actor title for Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Matthew McConaughey took the best supporting actor award for his performances in both Magic Mike and Bernie, while Amy Adams won best supporting actress for The Master. The Gatekeeper, a documentary about the Israeli security agency Shin Bet, won in the best non-fiction category, and the award for best experimental film was given to Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s This Is Not a Film.

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