Oscars 2013: Amour is named best foreign language film

The French movie starring Michael Haneke and Emmanuelle Riva beats off competition from No, A Royal Affair, War Witch and Kon-Tiki

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French movie Amour has won the Oscar for best foreign language film. 

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Starring Michael Haneke and Emmanuelle Riva, the film focuses on elderly couple – Anna and Georges – who have to deal with the former’s failing health after she suffers a stroke which paralyses one half of her body. 

The film has enjoyed a successful awards season with Riva beating off competition from favourites Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain to take home the best actress award at the Bafta awards earlier this month – making her the oldest recipient of an award from the British Academy. Riva is also nominated for best actress at tonight’s awards ceremony.

Amour triumphed over fellow nominees Kon-Tiki, No, War Witch and A Royal Affair to collect the award from presenters Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain during tonight’s ceremony. 

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Read Radio Times’s review of Amour here.