In addition to best film, Martin McDonagh also won the screenwriter award, while the UK critics named Frances McDormand as the actress of the year.
LONDON, 28 JANUARY 2018: The UK’s leading film critics handed out their annual prizes on Sunday night at the 38th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street Entertainment at The May Fair Hotel in London. Hosted by actor-filmmakers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, the star-studded black-tie event saw Martin McDonagh’s drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri named as Film of the Year, while McDonagh also collected Screenwriter of the Year and star Frances McDormand won Actress of the Year.
Several winners were on-hand to collect their awards: Timothée Chalamet was named Actor of the Year for Call Me By Your Name, Hugh Grant won supporting actor for Paddington 2, Lesley Manville won supporting actress for Phantom Thread, Harris Dickinson won the young performer prize for his work in Beach Rats, and God’s Own Country writer-director Francis Lee took the Philip French Award for Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker.
The evening’s high point was the presentation of the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film to Kate Winslet, introduced by her friend and costar Jude Law. The critics voted for Paul Verhoeven’s Elle as Foreign-Language Film of the Year, Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro as Documentary of the Year and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk as recipient of the Attenborough Award as British/Irish Film of the Year.
Sally Hawkins and Daniel Kaluuya were named British/Irish actress and actor, respectively; Sean Baker won best director for The Florida Project; Dennis Gassner won the Technical Achievement Award for his production design on Blade Runner 2049, and We Love Moses was named British/Irish Short Film of the Year. Nominees and guests in attendance included Armie Hammer, Florence Pugh, Luca Guadagnino, Paul King, Simon Farnaby, Fionn Whitehead, Emily Beecham, Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Jessica Barden, Noah Jupe, Dafne Keen and William Oldroyd.
Graeme Scott, cofounder of Dover Street Entertainment, said: “Dover Street Entertainment is honoured to be sponsoring the prestigious Critics’ Circle Film Awards. We consider ourselves to be storytellers and we are very proud to be part of an event that celebrates that achievement in both the UK and internationally. As an organisation we hope to continue to support those who strive to tell the stories that need to be told.”
The 38th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards is presented by Dover Street Entertainment, the London-based media group. In addition, the red carpet event is sponsored by The May Fair Hotel, Heaven Skincare, Cameo Productions, Sacred Gin, Rémy Martin, Voss and talent agencies Millbank and Cooper Searle. Audi is the official car of the awards.
Full list of winners:
FILM OF THE YEAR
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
I Am Not Your Negro
BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR: The Attenborough Award
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Sean Baker – The Florida Project
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Heaven Skincare
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Cameo
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Hugh Grant – Paddington 2
BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water/Maudie/Paddington 2
BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Millbank & CooperSearle
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by The May Fair Hotel
Harris Dickinson – Beach Rats
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: The Philip French Award
Francis Lee – God’s Own Country
BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR
We Love Moses – Dionne Edwards
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Blade Runner 2049 – Dennis Gassner, production design
EXCELLENCE IN FILM: The Dilys Powell Award
Credit: Rich Cline, Critics Circle – 28/01/18)