The National Society of Film Critics today named Michael Haneke's "Amour" as the Best Picture of 2012. The film, about an elderly Parisian couple struggling to cope with a major health crisis, also won Best Director and Best Actress for Emmanuelle Riva.
The society, a nationwide group of 60 prominent writers on film from major print, broadcast and online outlets, also named Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor for his performance in "Lincoln."
Amy Adams was chosen Best Supporting Actress for her role as the wife of a cult leader in "The Master." Matthew McConaughey was named Best Supporting Actor for two performances -- as a male stripper in "Magic Mike," and a prosecuting attorney in "Bernie."
A complete list of winners follows.
Best Picture: "Amour"
Runners-up: "The Master"; "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Runners-up: Denis Lavant, "Holy Motors"; Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
Runners-up: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Magic Mike"/"Bernie"
Runners-up: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, "The Master"
Runners-up: Sally Field, "Lincoln"; Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Director: Michael Haneke, "Amour"
Runners-up: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"; Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Nonfiction: "The Gatekeepers"
Runners-up: "This Is Not a Film"; "Searching for Sugar Man"
Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
Runners-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"; David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr., "The Master"
Runners-up: Roger Deakins, "Skyfall"; Greig Fraser, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Experimental Film: "This Is Not a Film" by Jafar Panahi
Film Heritage Awards: Laurence Kardish, Senior Film Curator at MoMA, for his extraordinary 44 years of service, including this year's Weimar Cinema retrospective; and Milestone Film and Video for their ongoing Shirley Clarke project.