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‘12 Years A Slave’ Leads London Critics’ Circle Nominations; Gary Oldman To Receive Excellence In Film Honor

london film criticsBritish helmer Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave grabbed nine nominations today for the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. They include Film of the Year, director and screenwriter, along with acting mentions for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o. Next up with five nods is Stephen Frears’ Philomena which received nominations in the film, British acting and screenplay races. Also scoring multiple nominations are Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Jon S. Baird’s Filth – which just won lead James McAvoy a British Independent Film Award – Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street. There are 10 movies vyinig for Film of the Year. Although American Hustle and Captain Phillips are not in that field, each picked up three nominations. Captain Phillips star Tom Hanks is a double nominee with nods for lead in that film and as supporting in Saving Mr Banks. The Critics’ Circle also had love for Blue Is The Warmest Color with mentions in the overall film category as well as foreign language. Star Adèle Exarchopoulos is nominated in the lead actress race. (Last year, the group gave its top film and actress prizes to Michael Haneke’s French-language Amour.) The Critics’ Circle also said today that Gary Oldman will receive the Dilys Powell Award For Excellence In Film at the prize ceremony on February 2nd. Here’s the full list of nominees:

Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
The Great Beauty
Inside Llewyn Davis
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street

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‘Amour’ Takes Best Film, Actress, Screenplay At London Critics Awards

By | Sunday January 20, 2013 @ 12:12pm PST

Joe Utichi contributes to Deadline’s UK coverage.

Michael Haneke’s Amour proved to be the favorite tonight at the London Film Critics Circle Awards, bagging wins for Best Film and Best Screenwriter for Haneke and earning Emmanuelle Riva a Best Actress prize. The org’s annual chance to fraternize with film stars may have been mildly hampered by snowy conditions in the capital, as none of team Amour made it to collect and there were no-shows also from The Master pair Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. The staunch critics favorites had seven nominations apiece. Rafe Spall collected Ang Lee’s Best Director prize for Life of Pi, and Les Misérables producer Debra Hayward accepted Best Supporting Actress on behalf of Anne Hathaway. Toby Jones took home Best British Actor for Berberian Sound Studio, which also won Best British Film, and Olivia Colman was on hand to accept Andrea Riseborough’s Best British Actress prize for Shadow Dancer. Rectifying a key oversight in the BAFTA’s Rising Star nominations, tonight’s awards did honor The Impossible‘s Tom Holland for Young British Performer of the Year, and Alice Lowe and Steve Oram were named Breakthrough British Filmmakers for their script work on Sightseers, in which they also starred. A complete list of winners follows:  Read More »

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‘Amour,’ ‘The Master’ Lead London Film Critics’ Circle Nominations

By | Tuesday December 18, 2012 @ 3:05am PST

Michael Haneke’s Amour and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master each received seven nominations for the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards this morning. Amour was nominated in the best film, director, screenwriter, actor, actress and supporting actress categories along with a nod as best foreign language film. The Master also was mentioned in the best film, director, screenwriter, actor and supporting actress races as well as supporting actor. Skyfall is the most heavily nominated British film with five nods inlcuding two for Judi Dench as best supporting actress and British actress of the year; the latter shared with her role in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Life Of Pi, Argo, Lincoln, Les Misérables and UK indie Sightseers are all nominated four times each. The London Film Critics’ Circle will hold its 33rd awards ceremony on January 20. Below is a full list of the nominees: Read More »

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London Film Critics Swoon For ‘The Artist’ & ‘A Separation’; ‘Margaret’ Finds Love; ‘Tinker Tailor’ Nearly Shut Out

The Artist charmed the London Film Critics’ Circle at the 32nd edition of its awards tonight amid a near shutout for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – on its home turf. The group crowned The Artist its film of the year, with director Michel Hazanavicius taking the director of the year prize and star Jean Dujardin scoring another best actor prize following his win at the Golden Globes. British film of the year went to Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. Both films premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The top actress prize was split between The Iron Lady’s Meryl Streep and Anna Paquin for Kenneth Lonergan’s long-delayed Margaret. Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation had a big night with wins in the foreign language, screenwriting and supporting actress categories. The latter went to Sareh Bayat, who last year earned a Silver Bear in Berlin for the same film. Supporting actor went to Kenneth Branagh for My Week With Marilyn and the near-ubiquitous Michael Fassbender was named British actor of the year. And in its only win of the night, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Maria Djurkovic earned the production design prize. The Critics’ Circle’s top 10 films of 2011 are below along with the complete list of winners and their local distributors:

1. The Artist
2. A Separation
3. Drive
4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. The Tree of Life
6. We Need to Talk About Kevin
7. Melancholia
8. Shame
9. Margaret
10. The Descendants


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‘Tinker Tailor,’ ‘Drive’ Lead London Film Critics Nominations

The London Film Critics’ Circle announced its nominees Tuesday morning, with Cold War drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive coming out on top with six nods each. Asghar Farhadi’s Berlin winner A Separation and Lynne Ramsay’s Cannes competitor We Need To Talk About Kevin follow with five apiece, while awards darling The Artist and Steve McQueen’s Shame each have four mentions. StudioCanal, the UK arm of the French mini-major, had a strong showing with 20 nominations total. Winners will be announced January 19 in London. Here’s the full list of nominees, with local distributor in parentheses.

The Artist (Entertainment)
Drive (Icon)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
The Tree Of Life (Fox)

The Attenborough Award:
The Guard (StudioCanal)
Kill List (StudioCanal)
Shame (Momentum)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)

Mysteries Of Lisbon (New Wave)
Poetry (ICO/Arrow)
Le Quattro Volte (New Wave)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé)

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