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Michael Haneke’s Amour was triumphant at this evening’s London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, scooping three awards including the top honour, The Sky Movies Award for Film of the Year. Amour also took Actress of the Year for Emmanuelle Riva and Screenwriter of the Year for Haneke. Widely feted since winning the Palme D’Or in Cannes last year, Amour recently also picked up a Golden Globe as well as five Oscar and four Bafta nominations.
The Master claimed two wins with Joaquin Phoenix picking up Actor of the Year and Philip Seymour Hoffman winning Supporting Actor of the Year.
Berberian Sound Studio took The Attenborough Award: British Film of the Year and also British Actor of the Year for Toby Jones. The British Actress of the Year award went to Andrea Riseborough for Shadow Dancer.
Ang Lee was honoured with The American Airlines Award: Director of the Year for Life of Pi, which was accepted on his behalf by Rafe Spall, whilst The Sky 3D Award: Technical Achievement went to Bill Westenhofer for Life of Pi’s visual effects.
Supporting Actress of the Year went to Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables .
Young British Performer of the Year went to Tom Holland for his role in The Impossible, whilst the Breakthrough British Film-maker went jointly to Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, the writers of Sightseers, who had also been nominated in the British Actor and Actress categories.
Foreign Language Film of the Year went to Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone whilst The Imposter took Documentary of the Year.
The film critics bestowed their highest honour, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, to actress Helena Bonham Carter who received her award from Mike Newell, who directed her in last year’s Great Expectations. Bonham Carter joins the illustrious company of previous winners Dirk Bogarde, Richard Attenborough, Julie Walters, Judi Dench, Nicolas Roeg, Quentin Tarantino and Kristin Scott Thomas.