‘An Education’ leads London Critics’ award noms

Posted by · 12:58 pm · December 22nd, 2009

The London Film Critics’ Circle awards have their cake and eat it by having separate British film categories, in addition to some general fields where the Brits also compete. So UK productions invariably lead the field.

Allowing for that and other oddities, this is a very pleasing list for the most part. “An Education” seals its status as this year’s British title of choice, with a leading seven nods; “Fish Tank” is close behind, with six. (I think we can count on the former triumphing at the BAFTAs next year.)

The abundant love for “A Prophet” is probably the most unusual (and exciting) aspect here, while I’m also thrilled to see mentions for Michael Fassbender, Rosamund Pike and Michael Stuhlbarg, among others. (Also interesting: Mo’Nique and Vera Farmiga both cropping up in the lead actress category, with their female co-stars nowhere to be seen.)

FILM OF THE YEAR
“Avatar”
“The Hurt Locker”
“A Prophet”
“Up in the Air”
“The White Ribbon”

ATTENBOROUGH AWARD (BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR)
“Bright Star”
“An Education”
“Fish Tank”
“In the Loop”
“Moon”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
“The Class”
“Katyn”
“Let the Right One In”
“A Prophet”
“The White Ribbon”

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Jacques Audiard, “A Prophet”
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron, “Avatar”
Michael Haneke, “The White Ribbon”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”

BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Andrea Arnold, “Fish Tank”
Armando Iannucci, “In the Loop”
Duncan Jones, “Moon”
Kevin Macdonald, “State of Play”
Sam Taylor-Wood, “Nowhere Boy”

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “A Serious Man”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Abbie Cornish, “Bright Star”
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Peter Capaldi, “In the Loop”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Tom Hardy, “Bronson”
Christian McKay, “Me and Orson Welles”
Andy Serkis, “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emily Blunt, “The Young Victoria”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Katie Jarvis, “Fish Tank”
Kristin Scott Thomas, “Nowhere Boy”

BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Michael Fassbender, “Fish Tank”
John Hurt, “44 Inch Chest”
Jason Isaacs, “Good”
Alfred Molina, “An Education”
Timothy Spall, “The Damned United”

BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Emily Blunt, “Sunshine Cleaning”
Anne-Marie Duff, “Nowhere Boy”
Rosamund Pike, “An Education”
Kierston Wareing, “Fish Tank”
Olivia Williams, “An Education”

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche, “In the Loop”
Thomas Bidegain & Jacques Audiard, “A Prophet”
Joel & Ethan Coen, “A Serious Man”
Michael Haneke, “The White Ribbon”
Nick Hornby, “An Education”

THE NSPCC AWARD (YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR)
Katie Jarvis, “Fish Tank”
Aaron Johnson, “Nowhere Boy” and “Dummy”
George MacKay, “The Boys Are Back”
Bill Milner, “Is Anybody There?” and “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”
Saoirse Ronan, “The Lovely Bones”

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
Daniel Barber, “Harry Brown”
Armando Ianucci, “In the Loop”
Duncan Jones, “Moon”
Peter Strickland, “Katalin Varga”
Sam Taylor-Wood, “Nowhere Boy”

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CINEMA
Quentin Tarantino

30TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD (BEST OF OUR WINNERS SINCE 1980)
“Apocalypse Now”




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  • 1 12-22-2009 at 1:03 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Yeah, this list is bitchin’.

    But you forgot the top category ;),

    FILM OF THE YEAR
    Avatar
    The Hurt Locker
    A Prophet
    The White Ribbon
    Up in the Air

  • 2 12-22-2009 at 1:18 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Sorry, my system swallowed that category up sometime in the publishing process. (I’m working on creaky facilities here!)

  • 3 12-22-2009 at 2:24 pm

    Brooke said...

    Yay for In The Loop.

  • 4 12-22-2009 at 2:34 pm

    Andrew2 said...

    Great to see some love for Bright Star. Hopefully the BAFTAs will also give it a boost, although I fear it will be ignored come Oscar time. If only they had the Weinsteins campaigning for them…

  • 5 12-22-2009 at 4:58 pm

    JJ said...

    I feel like Bright Star may actually do okay in a few categories by Oscar time. Just nothing too substantial.

    The people who DO love it for certain categories will be giving it #1 votes because they know it’s a sinking ship.

  • 6 12-22-2009 at 9:08 pm

    Glenn said...

    Is Pete Hammond a member?

  • 7 12-26-2009 at 6:56 pm

    Patryk said...

    Rosamind Pike—excellent.