Oscar Watch: 'Amour'

One of the unlikeliest Oscar heavyweights in recent memory, "Amour" is an unblinkingly direct, emotionally devastating look at an elderly couple dealing with the end of life. It was made in French by acclaimed Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke. Though all that might sound like a checklist of things designed to turn audiences off, the film nevertheless garnered five Oscar nominations -- picture, director, original screenplay, lead actress and foreign language film.

Starring Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, both in their 80s, "Amour" has become a counter-intuitive example of how even in the craven world of the Oscars, audiences and voters sometimes simply respond to films they love.

-- Mark Olsen

Find out more about this film and other Oscar contenders below, and tell us who you think should win.


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'Amour' Awards Ticker

Academy Awards

WINNER: Foreign language film (Austria). NOMINATIONS: Best picture: Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, Producers Lead actress: Emmanuelle Riva. Directing: Michael Haneke. Writing (original screenplay): Michael Haneke.

Golden Globes

WINNER: Foreign language film.

L.A. Film Critics

WINNER: Best picture. Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour" (tied with Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook").

N.Y. Film Critics

WINNER: Foreign film.

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