By MCN Editor

32nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations announced

London, Tuesday 20 December: The London Critics’ Circle is delighted to announce the nominations today for its 32nd annual Film Awards in partnership with Virgin Atlantic.

Voted for by over 120 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, the nominations are lead by TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and DRIVE, which both receive 6 nominations each. British film TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY directed by Tomas Alfredson is nominated for Film of the Year, British Film of the Year, Screenwriter of the Year, Actor of the Year, British Actor of the Year and The Sky 3D Award for Technical Achievement, whilst DRIVE – directed by fellow Scandinavian Nicolas Winding Refn –  is nominated for Film of the Year, Director of the Year, Actor of the Year, Supporting Actor of the Year, The Moët & Chandon Award for British Actress of the Year and The Sky 3D Award for Technical Achievement.

Asghar Farhadi’s Golden Bear (Berlin) winner A SEPARATION and Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN have received 5 nominations each whilst Michel Hazanavicius’ THE ARTIST and Steve McQueen’s SHAME have received 4 apiece.

Chairman of the London Critics’ Circle, Jason Solomons, commented:

“I am proud of the breadth, intelligence and style of the choices the London critics have made, honouring the richness of world cinema and the fresh, cool takes on classic movie genres seen in films such as TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, DRIVE and THE ARTIST. This is the surely classiest set of nominations around this year, with truly superb work reflected in the directing and foreign language categories.”

“I’m also thrilled that a London movie such as TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and the magnetism of its central performance by London icon Gary Oldman has been rightfully recognised with so many nominations across different categories, a reminder of its all-round qualities as a British and international film. It’s also gratifying that our new categories of documentary and technical awards have been able to increase our critical appreciation for the outstanding work we’ve witnessed in this vintage year for quality cinema.”

The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards in partnership with Virgin Atlantic will reveal its full list of annual award winners at the glittering ceremony on Thursday 19 January at BFI Southbank. The 32nd annual edition of the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards will again be in aid of their charity partner, the BFI, to help with the preservation and restoration of British film, in particular Hitchcock’s nine silent features, as part of the BFI’s landmark ‘Rescue the Hitchcock 9’ campaign.

The 32nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations are as follows:


The Artist (Entertainment)

Drive (Icon)

A Separation (Artificial Eye)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

The Tree of Life (Fox)

The Attenborough Award:


The Guard (StudioCanal)

Kill List (StudioCanal)

Shame (Momentum)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)


Mysteries of Lisbon (New Wave)

Poetry (Arrow)

Le Quattro Volte (New Wave)

A Separation (Artificial Eye)

The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé)


Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Picturehouse)

Dreams of a Life (Dogwoof)

Pina (Artificial Eye)

Project Nim (Icon)

Senna (Universal)


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)


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:


Richard Ayoade – Submarine (StudioCanal)

Paddy Considine – Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)

Joe Cornish – Attack the Block (StudioCanal)

Andrew Haigh – Weekend (Peccadillo)

John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (StudioCanal)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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:


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)


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:


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:


Nicolas Roeg

NB. The British categories refer to the British Isles, and therefore films, filmmakers, actors and actresses from both the UK and Ireland are eligible.

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