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Ang Lee wins London Critics Circle best director award

Ang Lee wins London Critics Circle best director award

Los Angeles, Jan. 20 (CNA) Oscar-winning Taiwan-born director Ang Lee has won the best director award accorded by the London Film Critics Circle, the Hollywood Reporter reported Sunday. Lee, who lives in the United States but who is currently visiting Taiwan, won the honor for his work on the 3-D shipwreck epic "Life of Pi." He beat Austrian director Michael Haneke to clinch the London awards' best director nod, the Hollywood Reporter said. Haneke's acclaimed drama on old age "Amour" was a big winner of the annual awards, taking film of the year, best screenplay and best actress. "Life of Pi," a magical realism adaption of Canadian novelist Yann Martel's 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, also won the Sky 3D Award presented by the London film critics group for its technical achievement, the report said. The London group also honored "Life of Pi" as one of the top 10 films of the year. "Life of Pi," more than 80 percent of which was shot in Taiwan, has won both critical acclaim and commercial success. It has emerged as the highest grossing film of Lee's career, raking in US$452 million worldwide as of Jan. 17, according to the website Box Office Mojo. The movie, which explores faith through tales of a shipwrecked Indian boy adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, has received 11 nominations, including for best director and best picture, for the 85th Academy Awards to be presented Feb. 24. The only film to garner more nominations is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," with 12. Lee has already received many accolades for "Life of Pi," including the 2012 best director award from the North Carolina Film Critics Association. (By Oscar Wu and Sofia Wu)