Amour swept the London Critics’ Circle Awards at the May Fair hotel last night, taking home prizes for Film of the Year, Actress of the Year and Screenwriter of the Year.

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The critically acclaimed movie’s star Emmanuelle Riva was named Actress of the Year, with its director Michael Haneke taking the trophy for Screenwriter of the Year, though he lost out to Life of Pi director Ang Lee for the Best Director prize.

Other big winners included The Master stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the awards for Actor of the Year and Supporting Actor of the Year.

Anne Hathaway – who won a Golden Globe last Sunday (13.01.13) – was named Supporting Actress of the Year for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables, while Andrea Riseborough won British Actress of the Year for her part in Shadow Dancer.

Toby Jones emerged with the British Actor of the Year prize for his outing in Berberian Sound Studio, which also won the British Film of the Year gong.

The London Film Critics’ Circle comprises more than 120 members of UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, who this year voted for more than 200 titles on their nominations ballots.

The awards were handed out at a star-studded ceremony at the May Fair Hotel, where attendees included Emily Blunt, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter.

The 46-year-old Les Miserables star was honoured with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

Those London Film Critics’ Circle 2013 winners in full:


Film – Amour

Foreign language film – Rust and Bone

Documentary – The Imposter

British film – Berberian Sound Studio


Actor – Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Actress – Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Supporting actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Supporting actress – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

British actor – Toby Jones, Berberian Sound Studio

British actress – Andrea Riseborough, Shadow Dancer

Young British performer – Tom Holland, The Impossible

Film making:

Director – Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Screenwriter – Michael Haneke, Amour

Breakthrough British filmmaker – Alice Lowe & Steve Oram, writers on Sightseers

Technical achievement – Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, visual effects


Dilys Powell award for excellence in film – Helena Bonham Carter

Top 10 Films:

The Master
Life of Pi
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Zero Dark Thirty
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Django Unchained
Rust and Bone