NEW YORK — The National Society of Film Critics selected "Amour" as the best picture of 2012 during its annual meeting Saturday.

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 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 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 was selected best supporting actor for "Magic Mike" and "Bernie."

The prize for best nonfiction film went to "The Gatekeepers," director Dror Moreh's exploration of intelligence operations by Israel's Shin Bet security agency.

Mihai Malaimaire was honored for best cinematography for "The Master."

The film critics' society, founded in 1966, works to promote film preservation and historically important movies.

This year's awards were dedicated to the late Village Voice critic Andrew Sarris, a founding member of the society, who died last year.

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  • Best Actor - Drama

    Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

  • Best Actor - Drama

    Denzel Washington, "Flight"

  • Best Actor - Drama

    John Hawkes, "Lincoln"

  • Best Actor - Drama

    Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

  • Best Actor - Drama

    Richard Gere, "Arbitrage"

  • Best Actress - Drama

    Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

  • Best Actress - Drama

    Marion Cotillard, "Rust and Bone"

  • Best Actress - Drama

    Helen Mirren, "Hitchcock"

  • Best Actress - Drama

    Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"

  • Best Actress - Drama

    Rachel Weisz, "The Deep Blue Sea"

  • Best Actor - Musical or Comedy

    Hugh Jackman, "Les Misérables"

  • Best Actor - Musical or Comedy

    Bradley Cooper, "Silver Lining Playbook"

  • Best Actor - Musical or Comedy

    Bill Murray, "Hyde Park on Hudson"

  • Best Actor - Musical or Comedy

    Jack Black, "Bernie"

  • Best Actor - Musical or Comedy

    Ewan McGregor, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"

  • Best Actress - Musical or Comedy

    Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Lining Playbook"

  • Best Actress - Musical or Comedy

    Meryl Streep, "Hope Springs"

  • Best Actress - Musical or Comedy

    Judi Dench, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

  • Best Actress - Musical or Comedy

    Dame Maggie Smith, "Marigold Hotel"

  • Best Actress - Musical or Comedy

    Emily Blunt, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Alan Arkin, "Argo"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Leonardo DiCaprio, "Django Unchained"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Sally Field, "Lincoln"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Amy Adams, "The Master"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Nicole Kidman, "The Paperboy"

  • Best Director

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actor Ben Affleck arrives at the GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Best Director

    FILE - This June 7, 2012 file photo shows director Steven Spielberg at the AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif. Spielberg will make the keynote remarks at the 149th commemoration of “The Gettysburg Address,” while his new movie about President Abraham Lincoln is in theaters. Spielberg's speech on Monday, Nov. 19, at Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg will be accompanied by a recitation of the famous speech by a Lincoln re-enactor. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)

  • Best Director

    Director Kathryn Bigelow arrives for the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Zero Dark Thirty' at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California, December 10, 2012 AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Best Director

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Director Ang Lee attends the UK Premiere of 'Life of Pi at Empire Leicester Square on December 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Best Director

    Film director Quentin Tarantino attends the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit Tribute to Quentin Tarantino, at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

  • Motion Picture - Drama

    "Argo"

  • Motion Picture - Drama

    "Lincoln"

  • Motion Picture - Drama

    "Zero Dark Thirty"

  • Motion Picture - Drama

    "Life Of Pi"

  • Motion Picture - Drama

    "Django Unchained"

  • Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

    "Les Misérables"

  • Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

    "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

    "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

  • Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

    "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"

  • Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

    "Moonrise Kingdom"

  • Best Drama Series

    "Downton Abbey," PBS

  • Best Drama Series

    "Breaking Bad," AMC

  • Best Drama Series

    "Boardwalk Empire," HBO

  • Best Drama Series

    "“The Newsroom," HBO

  • Best Drama Series

    "Homeland," Showtime

  • Best Actor in a Drama Series

    Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"