French-language drama Amour takes top prize from LA film critics
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The French-language drama Amour was chosen on Sunday as the year's best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, whose prizes are among a flurry of year-end honours that help sort out the Academy Awards race.
Among the group's other honors, the 1950s cult drama The Master earned four awards: best director for Paul Thomas Anderson, best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, supporting actress for Amy Adams and production design for David Crank and Jack Fisk.
The Master also was chosen as best-picture runner-up. The film stars Phoenix as a volatile World War II veteran who comes under the sway of a charismatic cult leader. Adams co-stars as the cult leader's tough-minded wife.
Amour star Emmanuelle Riva, who plays an elderly, ailing woman being cared for by her husband, shared the best-actress honour in a tie with Jennifer Lawrence of the lost-soul romance Silver Linings Playbook.