Amour

An octogenarian couple find their love put to the ultimate test when one of them suffers a stroke, and the other must assume … Read More

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“Amour”

Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actress (Emmanuelle Riva), Best Director (Michael Haneke), Best Original Screenplay (Haneke), Best Foreign Language Film (Austria)

What’s It About? Anne (Riva) and George (Jean-Louis Trintignant) are retired music teachers, both in their 80s, living a quiet, retired life with each other. Anne suffers a stroke and complications from surgery find her confined to a wheelchair and struggling to speak. Rather than put her in a nursing home, George resolves to stay by her side and take care of her, in spite of his own frail age. “Amour” chronicles the many difficulties that Anne’s family undergo as they watch her struggle to live day-to-day.

Why You Should See It: Riva has made history as the oldest woman to ever be nominated for Best Actress and she earned the accolade not for giving a token sentimental performance, but for delivering the most intense, emotionally-moving character in the entire category. “Amour” captures all the emotions that come with watching a family member suffer through a debilitating condition, with heartbreaking accuracy. She brings a universal humanity to the part of Anne that allows the audience to see their own family through her. It’s an exhaustive, cathartic story and Riva’s stateside anonymity allows her to disappear into the part.

Beyond that, director Michael Haneke has been one of the most challenging directors on a global scale, with past films like “Funny Games” and “Cache” presenting gut-wrenching, bleak examinations of life. He brings the same stylistic rawness to the themes of “Amour,” but he also offers a sweetness that you’re not used to seeing in his films. In spite of the heaviness of the subject matter, the film is not meant to depress you, but really make you understand the power of love and devotion.

It’s Kind of Like: “On Golden Pond” meets “Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”

How You Can See It: “Amour” is currently playing in select cities throughout the country, expanding each week leading up to and beyond the Oscars. Check out the full list of available theaters on the Sony Pictures Classic website.

  • Best Picture

    “Django Unchained”

  • Best Picture

    “Life of Pi”

  • Best Picture

    “Lincoln”

  • Best Picture

    “Argo”

  • Best Picture

    “Zero Dark Thirty”

  • Best Picture

    “Silver Linings Playbook”

  • Best Picture

    “Les Miserables”

  • Best Picture

    “Beasts of the Southern Wilde”

  • Best Picture

    “Amour”

  • Best Actor

    Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln.”

  • Best Actor

    Denzel Washington for “Flight.”

  • Best Actor

    Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master.”

  • Best Actor

    Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables”

  • Best Actor

    Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook.”

  • Quvenzhane Wallis

    Quvenzhane Wallis for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

  • Best Actress

    Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty.”

  • Best Actress

    Naomi Watts for “The Impossible.”

  • Best Actress

    Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour”

  • Best Actress

    Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook”

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln.”

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Robert De Niro for “Silver Linings Playbook”

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained.”

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman for “The Master.”

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Alan Arkin for “Argo.”

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables.”

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Amy Adams for “The Master.”

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Sally Field for “Lincoln.”

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Jacki Weaver for “Silver Linings Playbook”

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Helen Hunt for “The Sessions.”

  • Best Director

    Ang Lee for “Life of Pi.”

  • Best Director

    David O. Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook”

  • Best Director

    Benh Zeitlin for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

  • Best Director

    Michael Haneke for “Amour”

  • Best Director

    Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln.”

  • Best Animated Feature

    “Brave”

  • Best Animated Feature

    “Frankenweenie”

  • Best Animated Feature

    “Paranorman”

  • Best Animated Feature

    “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”

  • Best Animated Feature

    “Wreck-It Ralph”

  • Best Original Screenplay

    “Zero Dark Thirty”

  • Best Original Screenplay

    “Amour”

  • Best Original Screenplay

    “Flight”

  • Best Original Screenplay

    “Moonrise Kingdom”

  • Best Original Screenplay

    “Django Unchained”

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

    “Lincoln”

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

    “Life of Pi”

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

    “Argo”

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

    “Silver Linings Playbook”

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

    “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

  • Best Original Song

    Adele (“Skyfall” for “Skyfall”)

  • Best Original Song

    Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane

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