32nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations announced

Drive - Ryan Gosling

London Critics' Circle LogoThe London Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for its 2011 film awards yesterday morning, as voted by over 120 UK film critics.

In a slight departure from The Artist-centric awards so far, it is Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and Tomas Alfredson Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy that lead the pack with 6 nominations each. Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin and Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation followed closely on 5 nominations a piece, with the ubiquitous The Artist and Steve McQueen’s Shame on 4 nominations.

Another big win goes to Studio Canal, who you will see listed no less than 20 times below! Nicolas Roeg, who won best director at the first Critics’ Circle Awards in 1980 for Bad Timing, is honoured this year with the Dilys Powell Award.

The full list of nominees, along with their UK distributor, is listed below. The winners will be announced on 19 January 2012 at BFI Southbank, London.

FILM OF THE YEAR

The Artist (Entertainment)
Drive (Icon)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
The Tree of Life (Fox)

The Attenborough Award:

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR

The Guard (StudioCanal)
Kill List (StudioCanal)
Shame (Momentum)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

Mysteries of Lisbon (New Wave)
Poetry (Arrow)
Le Quattro Volte (New Wave)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Picturehouse)
Dreams of a Life (Dogwoof)
Pina (Artificial Eye)
Project Nim (Icon)
Senna (Universal)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Asghar Farhadi – A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (Entertainment)
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life (Fox)
Lynne Ramsay – We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive (Icon)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR

Asghar Farhadi – A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (Entertainment)
Kenneth Lonergan – Margaret (Fox)
Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash – The Descendants (Fox)

The Virgin Atlantic Award:

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER

Richard Ayoade – Submarine (StudioCanal)
Paddy Considine – Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)
Joe Cornish – Attack the Block (StudioCanal)
Andrew Haigh – Weekend (Peccadillo)
John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (StudioCanal)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

George Clooney – The Descendants (Fox)
Jean Dujardin – The Artist (Entertainment)
Michael Fassbender – Shame (Momentum)
Ryan Gosling – Drive (Icon)
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia (Artificial Eye)
Anna Paquin – Margaret (Fox)
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé)
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn (Entertainment)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Simon Russell Beale – The Deep Blue Sea (Artificial Eye)
Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn (Entertainment)
Albert Brooks – Drive (Icon)
Christopher Plummer – Beginners (Universal)
Michael Smiley – Kill List (StudioCanal)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Sareh Bayat – A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Jessica Chastain – The Help (Disney)
Vanessa Redgrave – Coriolanus (Lionsgate)
Octavia Spencer – The Help (Disney)
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom (StudioCanal)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Tom Cullen – Weekend (Peccadillo)
Michael Fassbender – A Dangerous Method (Lionsgate), Shame (Momentum)
Brendan Gleeson – The Guard (StudioCanal)
Peter Mullan – Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal), War Horse (Disney)
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

The Moët & Chandon Award:

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Olivia Colman – The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé), Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)
Carey Mulligan – Drive (Icon), Shame (Momentum)
Vanessa Redgrave – Anonymous (Sony), Coriolanus (Lionsgate)
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea (Artificial Eye)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

John Boyega – Attack the Block (StudioCanal)
Jeremy Irvine – War Horse (Disney)
Yasmin Paige – Submarine (StudioCanal)
Craig Roberts – Submarine (StudioCanal)
Saoirse Ronan – Hanna (Universal)

The Sky 3D Award:

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Manuel Alberto Claro, cinematography – Melancholia (Artificial Eye)
Paul Davies, sound design – We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Maria Djurkovic, production design – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
Dante Ferretti, production design – Hugo (Entertainment)
Alberto Iglesias, original score – The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé)
Chris King & Gregers Sall, editing – Senna (Universal)
Joe Letteri, visual effects – Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Fox)
Cliff Martinez, original score – Drive (Icon)
Robert Richardson, cinematography – Hugo (Entertainment)
Robbie Ryan, cinematography – Wuthering Heights (Artificial Eye)

The Dilys Powell Award:

EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Nicolas Roeg