Screengrab from the trailer of "The Master" (Weinstein Company)

Toronto Film Critics Association names "The Master" best film of 2012

The movie also picked up seven nominations for the London Film Critics' Circle

Prachi Gupta
December 18, 2012 8:25PM (UTC)

Paul Thomas Anderson's religious cult drama, "The Master," won four top awards at the Toronto Film Critics Association, including best picture, best director, best screenplay, and best supporting actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal of cult leader Lancaster Dodd.

As the Global News notes, the Toronto critics are "the latest film group to break from an early consensus" of critics who largely favour "Zero Dark Thirty." (This past weekend, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle also honored "The Master" as the best picture of 2012.)


The movie also boasted seven nominations, along with French film "Amour," at the London Film Critics' Circle this morning. "The Master" is in the running for best film, director, screenwriter, actor and supporting actress and actor, and technical achievement. "Amour" was nominated in the same categories, aside from technical achievement, and earned a spot instead on the best foreign language film list.

The Toronto prize will be presented at a dinner on Jan. 8, while The London Film Critics' Circle will hold an awards ceremony on Jan. 20.

h/t Deadline, Global News

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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