The London Film Critics' Circle Awards Quentin Tarantino Their Top Honor

By Perri Nemiroff 2009-12-21 18:04:25discussion comments
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Naturally, British Film Critics went nuts for An Education. Not only did Lone Scherfig’s coming-of-age drama nab nominations for five UK-only categories, but two international-friendly ones as well: Carey Mulligan for Actress of the Year and Nick Hornby for Screenwriter of the Year.

Funny thing is, An Education nabbed a nomination for The Attenborough Award: British Film of the Year, but not in the Film of the Year category. In fact, no British films were nominated. The list pits Avatar up against The Hurt Locker, A Prophet, The White Ribbon and Up in the Air. British critics not satisfied with domestic filmmaking this year? I thought this would have been Moon’s time to shine, but Duncan Jones and his film were relegated to the British Film of the Year, British Director of the Year and Breakthrough British Film-Maker categories. At least the film is still well represented.

Inglourious Basterds only received a nomination – and a well-deserved one – in the Actor of the Year category for Christoph Waltz’s performance. I’m sure that’s good enough for Quentin Tarantino because on top of that, he’ll be the recipient of The London Film Critics' Circle’s top honor, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema. He’ll be honored at the 30th Critic’s Circle Film Awards on February 18th, 2010.

Emily Blunt will get two chances at a win having been nominated for British Actress in a Supporting role for Sunshine Cleaning and British Actress of the Year for The Young Victoria. Peter Jackson was likely expecting far more notoriety, but should be pleased to see his young leading actress Saoirse Ronan get a nomination for The NSPCC Award: Young British Performer of the Year for her role in The Lovely Bones.

1979 may feel like ages ago, but Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now was fresh on the Critic’s Circle mind and named the best film of the last 30 years.

Take a look below to see the full list of nominees:
FILM OF THE YEAR
  • Avatar
  • The Hurt Locker
  • A Prophet
  • The White Ribbon
  • Up in the Air


    THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
  • Bright Star
  • An Education
  • Fish Tank
  • In the Loop
  • Moon


    FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
  • The Class
  • Katyn
  • Let the Right One In
  • A Prophet
  • The White Ribbon


    DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
  • Jacques Audiard - A Prophet
  • Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
  • James Cameron – Avatar
  • Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon
  • Jason Reitman - Up in the Air


    BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
  • Andrea Arnold - Fish Tank
  • Armando Iannucci - In the Loop
  • Duncan Jones – Moon
  • Kevin Macdonald - State of Play
  • Sam Taylor-Wood - Nowhere Boy


    ACTOR OF THE YEAR
  • Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
  • George Clooney - Up in the Air
  • Tahar Rahim - A Prophet
  • Michael Stuhlbarg - A Serious Man
  • Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds


    ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
  • Abbie Cornish - Bright Star
  • Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air
  • Mo'Nique – Precious
  • Carey Mulligan - An Education
  • Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia


    BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
  • Peter Capaldi - In the Loop
  • Colin Firth - A Single Man
  • Tom Hardy – Bronson
  • Christian MacKay - Me and Orson Welles
  • Andy Serkis - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll


    BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
  • Emily Blunt - The Young Victoria
  • Helen Mirren - The Last Station
  • Carey Mulligan - An Education
  • Katie Jarvis - Fish Tank
  • Kristin Scott Thomas - Nowhere Boy


    BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  • Michael Fassbender* - Fish Tank
  • John Hurt - 44 Inch Chest
  • Jason Isaacs – Good
  • Alfred Molina - An Education
  • Timothy Spall - The Damned United


    BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  • Emily Blunt - Sunshine Cleaning
  • Anne-Marie Duff - Nowhere Boy
  • Rosamund Pike - An Education
  • Kierston Wareing - Fish Tank
  • Olivia Williams - An Education


    SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
  • Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche - In the Loop
  • Thomas Bidegain & Jacques Audiard - A Prophet
  • Joel & Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
  • Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon
  • Nick Hornby - An Education


    THE NSPCC AWARD: YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
  • Katie Jarvis - Fish Tank
  • Aaron Johnson - Nowhere Boy and Dummy
  • George MacKay - The Boys Are Back
  • Bill Milner - Is Anybody There? and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  • Saoirse Ronan* - The Lovely Bones


    BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
  • Daniel Barber - Harry Brown
  • Armando Ianucci - In the Loop
  • Duncan Jones – Moon
  • Peter Strickland - Katalin Varga
  • Sam Taylor-Wood - Nowhere Boy


    DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CINEMA
  • Quentin Tarantino

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