Tuesday, 15 December 2015


The London Critics' Circle has often defined its local film awards as 'British', despite featuring Irish talent in these categories. Following today's nominations announcement, in which Todd Haynes' Carol leads all nominees with seven mentions, the circle made an adjustment, and renamed these categories. About time too. The nominees are pretty impressive, however, with Best Film mentions for two documentaries, and a brilliant slate of Foreign Language contenders (as ever from this group). A gala ceremony will be held on Sunday the 17th of January during which the award winners will be announced. Check out their choices below:

Film of the Year
45 Years
Inside Out
The Look of Silence
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Director of the Year
Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)
Andrew Haigh (45 Years)
Todd Haynes (Carol)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)

Actor of the Year
Tom Courtenay (45 Years)
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Tom Hardy (Legend)

Actress of the Year
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Brie Larson (Room)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Supporting Actor of the Year
Benicio del Toro (Sicario)
Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
Michael Keaton (Spotlight)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Supporting Actress of the Year
Olivia Colman (The Lobster)
Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)
Tilda Swinton (Trainwreck)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Screenwriter of the Year
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)
Phyllis Nagy (Carol)
Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)

Technical Achievement Award
Carter Burwell (Carol)
Wade Eastwood (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation)
Colin Gibson (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Elliot Graham (Steve Jobs)
Edward Lachman (Carol)
Tom Ozanich (Sicario)
Sandy Powell (Cinderella)
John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Alistair Sirkett and Markus Stemler (Macbeth)
Andrew Whitehurst (Ex Machina)

Documentary of the Year
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Look of Silence
A Syrian Love Story

Foreign-Language Film of the Year
Hard to Be a God
The Look of Silence
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
The Tribe

British / Irish Film of the Year
45 Years
The Lobster
London Road

British / Irish Actor of the Year
Michael Caine (Kingsman: The Secret Service / Youth)
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation / Second Coming)
Colin Farrell (The Lobster / Miss Julie)
Michael Fassbender (Macbeth / Slow West / Steve Jobs)
Tom Hardy (Legend / London Road / Mad Max: Fury Road / The Revenant)

British / Irish Actress of the Year
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Carey Mulligan (Far from the Madding Crowd / Suffragette)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years / The Forbidden Room)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn / Lost River)
Kate Winslet (The Dressmaker / A Little Chaos / Steve Jobs)

Breakthrough British / Irish Filmmaker
Tom Browne (Radiator)
Mark Burton and Richard Starzak (Shaun the Sheep Movie)
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
John MacLean (Slow West)

Young British / Irish Performer
Asa Butterfield (X+Y)
Milo Parker (Mr. Holmes / Robot Overlords)
Florence Pugh (The Falling)
Liam Walpole (The Goob)
Maisie Williams (The Falling)

British / Irish Short Film
Directed by Tweedie (Duncan Cowles)
Leidi (Simon Mesa Soto)
Over (Jorn Threlfall)
Rate Me (Fyzal Boulifa)

Stutterer (Benjamin Cleary)