Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Awards Watch: London Film Critics Circle Nominations

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Drive have received six nominations each, including Best Film, to lead the pack in the London Film Critics' Circle Awards. The nominees are voted for by 120 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers. These are more fine selections:

Film of the Year

The Artist
A Separation
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Tree of Life

The Attenborough Award: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR

The Guard
Kill List
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Foreign Language Film of the Year

Mysteries of Lisbon
Le Quattro Volte
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

Documentary of the Year

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Dreams of A Life
Project Nim

Director of the Year

Asghar Farhadi - A Separation
Michael Hazanavicius - The Artist
Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life
Lynne Ramsay - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Nicholas Winding Refn - Drive

Screenwriter of the Year

Asghar Farhadi - A Separation
Michael Hazanavicius - The Artist
Kenneth Lonergan - Margaret
Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash - The Descendants


Richard Ayoade - Submarine
Paddy Considine - Tyrannosaur
Joe Cornish - Attack the Block
Andrew Haigh - Weekend
John Michael McDonagh - The Guard

Actor of the Year

George Clooney - The Descendants
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Michael Fassbender - Shame
Ryan Gosling - Drive
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Actress of the Year

Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia
Anna Paquin - Margaret
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn

Supporting Actor of the Year

Simon Russell Beale - The Deep Blue Sea
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks - Drive
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Michael Smiley - Kill List

Supporting Actress of the Year

Sareh Bayat - A Separation
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Vanessa Redgrave - Coriolanus
Octavia Spencer - The Help
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

British Actor of the Year

Tom Cullen - Weekend
Michael Fassbender - A Dangerous Method, Shame
Brendan Gleeson - The Guard
Peter Mullan - Tyrannosaur
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Moet and Chandon Award: BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Olivia Colman - Tyrannosaur, The Iron Lady
Carey Mulligan - Drive, Shame
Vanessa Redgrave - Anonymous, Coriolanus
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Rachel Weisz - The Deep Blue Sea

Young British Performer of the Year

John Boyega - Attack the Block
Jeremy Irvine - War Horse
Yasmin Page - Submarine
Craig Roberts - Submarine
Saoirse Ronan - Hanna

The Sky 3D Award: Technical Achievement

Manuel Albert Claro, Cinematography - Melancholia
Paul Davies, Sound Design - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Maria Djurkovic, Production Design - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Dante Ferretti - Production Design - Hugo
Alberto Iglesias, Original Score - The Skin I Live In
Chris King and Gregers Sall, Editing - Senna
Joe Letteri, Visual Effects - Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Cliff Martinez, Original Score - Drive
Robert Richardson, Cinematography - Hugo
Robbie Ryan, Cinematography - Wuthering Heights

The London Film Critics Circle seem to have their heads screwed on. No Best Picture list should fail to include The Tree of Life and A Separation. What are your thoughts?


  1. This is one of the most impressive list of nominees I've seen for this season! It's made me look forward to watching TTSS and Shame so much!

  2. The only qualm I have is no cinematography mention for Chivo for The Tree of Life.

  3. @ Ruth - This is the best lineup I have seen so far. Can't wait for TTSS.

    @ Steven - I forgot about Chivo. Yeah, he should be there, but check out some of those other tech nominees - Alberto Iglesias for his score in THE SKIN I LIVE IN, Chris King and Gregers Sall for their editing in SENNA and Cliff Martinez for his score in DRIVE. I doubt they'll be announced on Oscar day. Well, perhaps Martinez.