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:

CRITICS’ CIRCLE TOP 10 FILMS of 2011
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


FILM OF THE YEAR

The Artist (Entertainment)

Atrocious
3 years
Paquin was ok but MARGARET was atrocious - awful - there's a reason it hasn't seen the...
Avery
3 years
Nice to see Paquin get a nod for "Margaret".
Lord Wednesday Hovis
3 years
Delighted for Olivia Colman who just might become a very important British actress, for Andrew Haigh for...

The Attenborough Award: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
A Separation (Artificial Eye)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Senna (Universal)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (Entertainment)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Asghar Farhadi – A Separation (Artificial Eye)

The Virgin Atlantic Award: BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
Andrew Haigh – Weekend (Peccadillo)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Jean Dujardin – The Artist (Entertainment)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR (Tied)
Anna Paquin – Margaret (Fox)
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn (Entertainment)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Sareh Bayat – A Separation (Artificial Eye)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Michael Fassbender – A Dangerous Method (Lionsgate), Shame (Momentum)

The Moët & Chandon Award: BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Olivia Colman – The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé), Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Craig Roberts – Submarine (StudioCanal)

The Sky 3D Award: TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Maria Djurkovic, production design – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

The Dilys Powell Award: EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Nicolas Roeg