London Film Critics Swoon For 'The Artist' & 'A Separation'; 'Margaret' Finds Love; 'Tinker Tailor' Nearly Shut Out

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:

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


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