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Emmanuelle Riva was named best actress for the National Society of Film Critics best picture winner, “Amour.”
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Critics society shows ‘Amour’ love

The National Society of Film Critics has selected “Amour” as the best picture of 2012.

The critics chose the star of “Amour,” Emmanuelle Riva, as the best actress, and Daniel Day-Lewis was chosen best actor for “Lincoln.”

The group of 60 prominent movie critics from around the country met Saturday at Lincoln Center in New York City to make its picks.

Austrian director Michael Haneke won best director for “Amour.” The French-language movie depicts the slow deterioration of an elderly woman played by Riva.

Playwright Tony Kushner won best screenplay for “Lincoln.”

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

Oscar hopefuls among effects nods

Some films with Oscar buzz were among those receiving nominations from the Visual Effects Society on Monday. The group recognizes visual effects artistry in 24 categories spanning film, television, animation, commercials and video games.

Films receiving overall nominations were:

•For a visual effects-driven film: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Prometheus,” “Life of Pi,” “The Avengers” and “Battleship”

•For supporting visual effects: “Rust and Bones,” “The Impossible,” “Argo,” “Flight” and “Zero Dark Thirty”

•For animation in an animated film: “Brave,” “ParaNorman,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Hotel Transylvania”

MacFarlane to help unveil Oscar noms

For the first time in 40 years, the host of the Academy Awards will help announce the Oscar nominations.

Academy officials say Oscar host Seth MacFarlane will join actress Emma Stone to reveal the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards. This is the first time since 1972 that an Oscar host has participated in the nominations announcement.

MacFarlane and Stone will reveal the contenders early Thursday morning.

Temple among possible rising stars

British Academy Film and Television Awards says 23-year-old British actress Juno Temple is one of five young stars shortlisted for the BAFTA Rising Star award.

Other actors in the running include Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, British-born Andrea Riseborough, Elizabeth Olsen of the United States and India’s Suraj Sharma. The list was announced on Monday.

Temple says she is giddy about the nomination, especially as the winner will be chosen by the public.

Recently seen in William Friedkin’s “Killer Joe,” she appears in three movies at Sundance Film Festival and will also star with Angelina Jolie in Robert Stromberg’s “Maleficent.”