London Critics' Circle Announces Nominees

The London Critics’ Circle announced its nominees for the 31st Film Awards, to be held February 10. Here are the nominees:

SKY 3D AWARD: FILM OF THE YEAR
Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Co)
The Social Network (Sony Pictures)
Toy Story 3 (Pixar/Disney)

THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
127 Hours
The Arbor
Another Year
The King’s Speech
Monsters

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Dogtooth
I Am Love
Of Gods and Men
The Secret in Their Eyes
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine
Edgar Ramirez – Carlos

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Noomi Rapace - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Riz Ahmed – Four Lions
Christian Bale – The Fighter
Jim Broadbent – Another Year
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
Andrew Garfield - Never Let Me Go

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

BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
David Bradley – Another Year
Pierce Brosnan - The Ghost Writer
Andrew Garfield – The Social Network
Tom Hardy - Inception
Peter Wight – Another Year

BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Helena Bonham Carter – Alice in Wonderland
Christine Bottomley – The Arbor
Minnie Driver – Barney’s Version
Rosamund Pike – Made in Dagenham
Olivia Williams – The Ghost Writer

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

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit
David Fincher – The Social Network
Christopher Nolan – Inception
Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Clio Barnard – The Arbor
Danny Boyle – 127 Hours
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
Mike Leigh – Another Year
Christopher Nolan – Inception

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg – The Kids Are All Right
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit
Chris Morris, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell and Jesse Armstrong – Four Lions
David Seidler – The King’s Speech
Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
Banksy – Exit Through the Gift Shop
Clio Barnard – The Arbor
J Blakeson – The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Gareth Edwards - Monsters
Chris Morris - Four Lions

  1. Dear London Critics,

    Pierce Brosnan and Saoirse Ronan are not British. While I am sure they would be flattered by their nominations, the inclusion of Irish people under the term “British” is quite inappropriate and reflects a very ignorant view.

    PS, If you wish, I will be happy to furnish you with a map.

    1. I’m pretty sure these awards encompass the entirety of the United Kingdom which is Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

      1. Ireland is not part of the UK and hasn’t been for nearly ninety years. I’m willing to concede that the country *Northern* Ireland is part of the UK, but Ronan and Brosnan aren’t from there (US/Carlow and Louth, respectively).

        Looking at your username, it seems you need to take some inventory…

    2. Actually the term “Britain” and, by extension, “British” refers to the group of islands which include England, Scotland and Ireland. It is a definition that is largely accepted, though not always liked, by the populations of those islands. Therefore the use of the term British to refer to both Brosnan and Ronan is quite accurate. If they had been referred to as English, well thats another tale.

      1. “Britain” refers either to the UK (which, as already pointed out, Ireland is not part of) or the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales). The term you’re looking for is “The British Isles”, a term which is acceptable, but the term’s properties are not transitive – you wouldn’t call an Irish person British anymore than you’d call a Mexican an American. This is not a point of etiquette or attitude, but fact.

    3. Just to point out that Ronan and Brosnan are members of the British Equity Union which makes them eligible, its got nothing to do with nationality or borders.So thanks for the offer of a map but we don’t need one!

  2. WOW, Thandie Newton can’t even get any love in her own Country. WTF? She was AMAZING in For Colored Girls and she is getting no recognition. What gives?

    1. From what I can tell they only have a “British” Supporting Actor category. There is no “Supporting Actor”. They do have separate leading(?) “Actor” and “British Actor”. So Bale is in the main “British” category (with Firth, etc.) rather than “British” supporting. Firth was the only British actor to get a nomination in “Actor”.

      I just explained it…but I am still not sure I get it.

  3. Where the hell is 127 Hours, and more, importantly, James Franco? It shows that this specific award means nothing at all if Franco is not recognized. He was absolutely fantastic. The lack of love for 127 hours lately with all these awards is really really shocking to me, did I watch the same movie as these “critics”?

  4. Saoirse Ronan was born in New York. Last time I checked, New York was not in Britain. Btw this awards ceremony is a complete and utter joke.

    1. Your Nationality isn’t dictated by where you were born. Mel Gibson was born in New York, Nicole Kidman was born in Hawaii and Naomi Watts was born in Kent though they are all Australian.

      I am an Englishman and can assure you that people from The Republic Of Ireland are neither ‘English’ or ‘British’ (no matter how much you North Americans want to tarnish us with the same brush).

      Brosnan, from my understanding, actually moved to England at a very young age.

      The point is: it’s not a huge issue, really. The term, ‘British’ is used loosely to describe people from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and (wrongly) The Republic Of Ireland.

      1. I was conceived in Germany. Does that make me part German?

        Brosnan grew up in England. Ronan grew up in Ireland. But perhaps they have descendants who are British? That would make it all make sense for poor Donna Chang and Mrs. Costanza.

  5. Glad to see Noomi Rapace finally get a nod. Her performance in GWTDT is amazing and I’m very surprised none of the other groups have recognized her work, especially given the early buzz on her. As to the poster’s comment about Bale, I expect getting the Brit actor of the year nom covers his work in The Fighter, so is a “bigger” nom than a supporting one for the one film. That’s my guess, anyway!

  6. Nice to see Andrew Garfield cited for his terrific & sensitive performance in “Never Let Me Go”, but any Any Brit award that does not recognize all the other creative talents involved in “Never Let Me Go” (dir. mark Romanek, castmembers Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley etc…) is lame-o.

  7. LA Film Critics, Golden Globes, NY Film Critics, London Circles, blah blah…

    Somebody help me out here. Why is “Biutiful” left out by most of these awards’ nominations? It’s supposed to be released next week. Did it not make the deadline?

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