London Critics Circle Awards

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Postby rudeboy » Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:32 am

From BBC News

Social Network pips King's Speech at London critic bash
By Tim Masters, Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

The Social Network and The King's Speech have dominated this year's London Film Critics' Circle awards.

The former won four prizes, including film of the year, while the latter won three, among them a best actor award for Oscar hopeful Colin Firth.

Firth was among the celebrities at the annual awards, held for the first time at BFI Southbank.

The event comes three days before the Bafta Film awards, to be held at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday.

Firth said that reports of cinema audiences spontaneously applauding The King's Speech were "overwhelming".

"To hear that people are actually standing up or clapping or expressing a personal response is probably as good as it gets," he told the BBC.

"Films like this depend entirely on what people say about them. They don't depend on the money because there wasn't much, they don't depend on a big studio machine or a big financial apparatus."

Asked about reports that the Queen had seen and enjoyed the film, he said: "It means a very great deal to me if that is the case."

It is the second year in a row that Firth has won the award. He won last year for his role in A Single Man.

The King's Speech, about George VI's battle with his stammer, was named British film of the year at the event, where its director Tom Hooper was also recognised.

The Social Network's other awards went to its director David Fincher, its screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and cast member Andrew Garfield, named best British actor in a supporting role.

Sorkin, who collected the awards, said: "The critics were the first ones to come out for this movie and they told people to go see it and they did go see it. Getting an award from people who see everything is really something."

Both The King's Speech and The Social Network are expected to enjoy further success at the Baftas and at the Academy Awards on 27 February.

Mike Leigh's Another Year, which had received four nominations, came away with a single prize after Lesley Manville won British actress of the year. Manville paid tribute to the other actresses in the film, including Ruth Sheen who she was up against at the awards. "This year there have been some great parts for older women, so it's a good move," she said.

Elsewhere, Olivia Williams was named best British actress in a supporting role for Roman Polanski's political thriller The Ghost.

Actress of the year went to Annette Bening for her role in The Kids are All Right, while Christian Bale won British actor of the year for The Fighter.

The young British performer of the year prize went to Scotland's Conor McCarren for his performance in Peter Mullan's gritty drama NEDs - short for Non-Educated Delinquents.

The award for breakthrough British film-maker went to Gareth Edwards for his feature debut Monsters, while French drama Of Gods and Men was crowned the year's foremost foreign language film.

The evening climaxed with Kristin Scott Thomas being honoured for her outstanding contribution to cinema - presented to the actress by Sam Taylor-Wood, her director on Nowhere Boy.

The actress said: "It was very special because I know she wouldn't have done that for many people and I'm really touched by what she said."

The awards are voted for by more than 120 members of the circle including critics, broadcasters and writers.

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Postby rudeboy » Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:28 am

The nominations, from Screendaily.

31st London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Nominations

FILM OF THE YEAR (SKY 3D AWARD)
Black Swan (Fox)
The Kids Are All Right (Universal)
The King’s Speech (Momentum)
The Social Network (Sony)
Toy Story 3 (Disney)

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR (THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD)
127 Hours (Warner/Pathe)
The Arbor (Verve)
Another Year (Momentum)
The King’s Speech (Momentum)
Monsters (Vertigo)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Dogtooth (Verve)
I Am Love (Metrodome)
Of Gods and Men (Artificial Eye)
The Secret in Their Eyes (Metrodome)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (New Wave)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Narrabeen Communications)
Jeff Bridges - True Grit (Paramount)
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network (Sony)
Colin Firth - The King’s Speech (Momentum)
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine (Optimum)
Edgar Ramirez - Carlos (Optimum)

MOËT ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right (Universal)
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter’s Bone (Artificial Eye)
Natalie Portman - Black Swan (Fox)
Noomi Rapace - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Momentum)
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit (Paramount)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR (in association with Cameo Productions)
Riz Ahmed - Four Lions (Optimum)
Christian Bale - The Fighter (Paramount/Momentum)
Jim Broadbent - Another Year (Momentum)
Colin Firth - The King’s Speech (Momentum)
Andrew Garfield - Never Let Me Go (Fox)

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Helena Bonham Carter - The King’s Speech (Momentum)
Lesley Manville - Another Year (Momentum)
Rosamund Pike - Barney’s Version (Universal)
Ruth Sheen - Another Year (Momentum)
Tilda Swinton - I Am Love (Metrodome)

BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
David Bradley - Another Year (Momentum)
Pierce Brosnan - The Ghost (Optimum)
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network (Sony)
Tom Hardy - Inception (Warner)
Peter Wight - Another Year (Momentum)

BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Helena Bonham Carter - Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
Christine Bottomley - The Arbor (Verve)
Minnie Driver - Barney’s Version (Universal)
Rosamund Pike - Made in Dagenham (Paramount)
Olivia Williams - The Ghost (Optimum)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Jessica Barden - Tamara Drewe (Momentum)
Conor McCarron - NEDs (Entertainment One)
Will Poulter - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Fox)
Saoirse Ronan - The Way Back (Entertainment One)
Thomas Turgoose - The Scouting Book for Boys (Pathe)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan (Fox)
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit (Paramount)
David Fincher - The Social Network (Sony)
Christopher Nolan - Inception (Warner)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (New Wave)

BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Clio Barnard - The Arbor (Verve)
Danny Boyle - 127 Hours (Warner/Pathe)
Tom Hooper - The King’s Speech (Momentum)
Mike Leigh - Another Year (Momentum)
Christopher Nolan - Inception (Warner)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg - The Kids Are All Right (Universal)
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit (Paramount)
Chris Morris, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell & Jesse Armstrong - Four Lions (Optimum)
David Seidler - The King’s Speech (Momentum)
Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network (Sony)

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER (Virgin Atlantic)
Banksy - Exit Through the Gift Shop (Revolver)
Clio Barnard - The Arbor (Verve)
J Blakeson - The Disappearance of Alice Creed (CinemaNX)
Gareth Edwards - Monsters (Vertigo)
Chris Morris - Four Lions (Optimum)


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