Day-Lewis wins critics’ award for Lincoln role

US critics have honoured Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in the film Lincoln.

The National Society of Film Critics, meeting appropriately at the Lincoln Centre in New York City, named Day-Lewis best actor and French film Amour best picture of 2012.

The group of 60 prominent film critics also chose the star of Amour, Emmanuelle Riva, as best actress and Austrian director Michael Haneke won best director for the same film.

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The French-language movie depicts the slow deterioration of the elderly woman played by Riva. It has been praised as an unflinching look at old age and life’s end.

Playwright Tony Kushner won best screenplay for Lincoln.

Amy Adams was chosen best supporting actress for The Master, and Matthew McConaughey best supporting actor for Magic Mike and Bernie.

The best non-fiction film was The Gatekeepers, director Dror Moreh’s exploration of intelligence operations by Israel’s Shin Bet agency. Mihai Malaimaire was honoured for best cinematography for The Master.