National Society of Film Critics’ poll 2013

January 6th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner, ‘Amour’, has dominated the National Society of Film Critics’ poll, taking best film, director and actress (Emmanuelle Riva).

 

The NSFC, which favours films with the potential to endure as part of the film canon, had ‘Amour’ a narrow three votes ahead of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’ to claim the top prize.  Needless to say, its selection seldom tallies with the Academy Awards’ best film but ‘Amour’ is the clear frontrunner for this year’s best foreign language film Oscar.

 

Three votes was also the winning margin in the best director’s category where ‘The Master’ shared second place with Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.  Riva’s best actress win was more conclusive, where she polled eight votes more than Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) in second place.

 

Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) was the clear winner of best actor, ten points ahead of Joaquin Phoenix (The Master).  It represents Day-Lewis’ eighteenth best actor win of the winter as he marches towards an almost inevitable Oscar win.

 

 

Winners:

 

BEST FILM

1. Amour  – 28

2. The Master – 25

3. Zero Dark Thirty – 18

 

 

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Michael Haneke – Amour – 27

=2. Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty – 24

=2. Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master – 24

 

 

BEST ACTOR

1. Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln – 59

=2. Denis Lavant – Holy Motors –  49

=2. Joaquin Phoenix – The Master – 49

 

 

BEST ACTRESS

1. Emmanuelle Riva – Amour – 50

2. Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook – 42

3. Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty – 32

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1.  Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike, Bernie – 27

2. Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln – 22

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master – 19

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Amy Adams – The Master – 34

2. Sally Field – Lincoln – 23

3. Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables – 13

 

 

BEST NONFICTION

1. The Gatekeepers – 53

2. This Is Not A Film – 45

3. Searching For Sugar Man – 23

 

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

1. Lincoln – Tony Kushner – 59

2. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson – 27

3.  Silver Linings Playbook – David O Russell – 19

 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. The Master – Mihai Malaimare Jr – 60

2. Skyfall – Roger Deakins – 30

3. Zero Dark Thirty – Greig Fraser – 21

 

 

EXPERIMENTAL – This Is Not A Film (Jafar Panahi)

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