18th December 2018 Hebe

The Favourite leads nominees for the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Pedro Almodóvar is named as recipient of the London critics’ top honour, The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema, as Yorgos Lanthimos’ Queen Anne drama The Favourite picks up 10 nominations across the board. Presented by Dover Street Entertainment, the ceremony will be held at The May Fair Hotel on 20 January.

LONDON, 18 DECEMBER 2018:

The UK’s leading film critics today announced the nominations for the 39th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street Entertainment. Yorgos Lanthimos’ drama The Favourite was out front with 10 nominations, including Film, Director, Screenwriter, Actress for Olivia Colman and Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz. In addition, the film is nominated for British/Irish Film of the Year.

Also today, Pedro Almodóvar has been announced as the recipient of this year’s top honour, The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema. In response, Almodóvar said, “I have had a wonderful history with the London critics, and am thrilled to receive this special honour. I look forward to visiting London in January for the ceremony.”

Among many nominations over the years, Almodóvar has won the London Critics’ Circle award for Foreign-Language Film of the Year twice: for All About My Mother (1999) and Volver (2006). He is also the winner of an Oscar as screenwriter of Talk to Her (2002), as well as Baftas for All About My Mother, Talk to Her and The Skin I Live In (2011). He is currently in post-production on his next film Dolor y Gloria (Pain and Glory), which reunites him with stars Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Cecilia Roth.

After The Favourite’s 10 nominations, the next most nominated films are Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, each of which earned five nominations. These five films are in contention for Film of the Year alongside BlacKkKlansman, First Man, First Reformed, Leave No Trace and this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters.

The nominations were announced today at The May Fair Hotel by actors Molly Wright (nominated today as Young British/Irish Performer of the Year for her role in Apostasy) and Lee Shone (My Name Is Lenny, Death Race: Beyond Anarchy). Multiple nominees today include Olivia Colman, Claire Foy, Christian Bale, Rachel Weisz, Richard E Grant and Daniel Kaluuya. Rupert Everett is nominated three times for The Happy Prince: as Actor, British/Irish Actor and Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Sunday, 20th January at The May Fair Hotel.

“Because our critics see everything that’s released, they nominated more than 180 titles in the Film of the Year category alone,” says Awards Chair Rich Cline. “Our members have gone against expectations this year in their voting, so our list of nominees is very distinctive in the current awards season, including selecting two women for best director and honouring some more obscure performances that other groups are overlooking. With such a wide range of titles on the ballots, getting a nomination is a real achievement.”

The 39th 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, Mionetto Prosecco Superiore, Sacred Gin, Rémy Martin and talent agencies Millbank and Cooper Searle. Audi is the official car of the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.

Full List of Nominations:

FILM OF THE YEAR
BlacKkKlansman
Cold War
The Favourite
First Man
First Reformed
The Happy Prince
Leave No Trace
Roma
Shoplifters
You Were Never Really Here

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
120 Beats per Minute
Cold War
A Fantastic Woman
Roma
Shoplifters

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Faces Places
McQueen
They Shall Not Grow Old
Three Identical Strangers
Whitney

BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR: The Attenborough Award
Apostasy
Beast
The Favourite
The Happy Prince
You Were Never Really Here

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Debra Granik – Leave No Trace
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War
Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara – The Favourite
Paul Schrader – First Reformed
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Steve McQueen & Gillian Flynn – Widows

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Glenn Close – The Wife
Toni Collette – Hereditary
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Joana Kulig – Cold War

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Christian Bale – Vice
Rupert Everett – The Happy Prince
Ben Foster – Leave No Trace
Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Elizabeth Debicki – Widows
Cynthia Erivo – Bad Times at the El Royale
Claire Foy – First Man
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Michael B Jordan – Black Panther
Daniel Kaluuya – Widows
Alessandro Nivola – Disobedience

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place, Sherlock Gnomes
Jessie Buckley – Beast
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Claire Foy – First Man, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Unsane
Rachel Weisz – Disobedience, The Favourite

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Christian Bale – Mowgli, Vice
Steve Coogan – Holmes & Watson, Ideal Home, Stan & Ollie
Rupert Everett – The Happy Prince
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Daniel Kaluuya – Black Panther, Widows

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Liv Hill – Jellyfish, The Little Stranger
Noah Jupe – Holmes & Watson, A Quiet Place, That Good Night, The Titan
Anya Taylor-Joy – Glass, The Secret of Marrowbone, Thoroughbreds
Fionn Whitehead – The Children Act
Molly Wright – Apostasy

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: The Philip French Award
Deborah Davis – The Favourite
Rupert Everett – The Happy Prince
Deborah Haywood – Pin Cushion
Daniel Kokotajlo – Apostasy
Michael Pearce – Beast

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM
Little Shit – Richard Gorodecky
Night Out – Amelia Hashemi
Salt & Sauce – Alia Ghafar
Three Centimetres – Lara Zeidan
Under Growth – Evin O’Neill

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
American Animals – film editing, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill & Julian Hart
BlacKkKlansman – costume design, Marci Rodgers
Cold War – cinematography, Lukasz Zal
The Favourite – production design, Fiona Crombie
First Man – visual effects, Paul Lambert
If Beale Street Could Talk – music, Nicholas Britell
Mission: Impossible Fallout – stunts, Wade Eastwood
A Quiet Place – sound design, Ethan Van der Ryn & Erik Aadahl
Suspiria – music, Thom Yorke
You Were Never Really Here – film editing, Joe Bini

Winners will be announced Sunday, 20th January 2019, at The May Fair Hotel

Nominees by number

10:
The Favourite (Fox)

5:
Cold War (Curzon)
The Happy Prince (Lionsgate)
Roma (Netflix)
You Were Never Really Here (StudioCanal)

4:
First Man (Universal)
Widows (Fox)

3:
Apostasy (Curzon)
Beast (Altitude)
BlacKkKlansman (Universal)
First Reformed (Picturehouse)
If Beale Street Could Talk (eOne)
Leave No Trace (Sony)
A Quiet Place (Paramount)

2:
Black Panther (Disney)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox)
Disobedience (Curzon)
Holmes & Watson (Sony)
Shoplifters (Thunderbird)
Vice (eOne)

1:
120 Beats per Minute (Curzon)
American Animals (STX)
Bad Times at the El Royale (Fox)
The Children Act (eOne)
Faces Places (Curzon)
A Fantastic Woman (Curzon)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Sony)
Glass (Disney)
Hereditary (Entertainment)
Ideal Home (Signature)
Jellyfish (Republic)
The Little Stranger (Pathe)
Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
McQueen (Lionsgate)
Mission: Impossible Fallout (Paramount)
Mowgli (Netflix)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney)
Pin Cushion (Pinpoint)
The Secret of Marrowbone (eOne)
Sherlock Gnomes (Paramount)
Stan & Ollie (eOne)
Suspiria (Mubi)
That Good Night (Trafalgar)
The Titan (Signature)
They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner)
Thoroughbreds (Universal)
Three Identical Strangers (Dogwoof)
Unsane (Fox)
Whitney (Altitude)
The Wife (Picturehouse)

Notes for Editors:

For further information, please contact: Rich Cline, chair: londonfilmcritics@gmail.com
Media contact: Jessica Askham at DDA: 020 7932 9835 / jessica.askham@ddapr.com

About The Critics’ Circle:

Established in 1913, The Critics’ Circle is the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, with more than 400 members who work in the UK media as critics of art and architecture, books, dance, drama, film, and music. Chaired by Anna Smith, the Film Section membership is made up of more than 145 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, including Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, the BBC’s Mark Kermode and Metro’s Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, and has presented its awards annually since 1980. www.criticscircle.org.uk

About Dover Street Entertainment:

Founded by producers Graeme A Scott and Kathy A LoPrimo, the Dover Street Entertainment team has delivered films to cinema screens across the globe and produced television series with broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Showtime, HBO and PBS. With each production, Dover Street works with internationally recognised talent, from Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers to Emmy-nominated television producers, ensuring that when a story is told it is told right. Current projects include the feature-length documentary The Last Hope, which highlights the work of the Italian NGO Emergency from Kabul into Iraq and rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya; television docu-series, The Fight Club, which delves into the world of professional and amateur combat fighting; and An Irish Heartbeat (working title), a feature-length thriller based upon the novel by Paul Ferris. www.doverstreet.xyz

About The May Fair Hotel:

The luxury May Fair Hotel, opened by King George V in 1927 and owned and operated by Edwardian Group London, is located in the heart of London and boasts over 400 luxury bedrooms, including 40 of the capital’s most memorable signature suites. The residence encapsulates its Mayfair locality throughout, with the meat and seafood restaurant, May Fair Kitchen; The May Fair Bar; The May Fair Terrace and the relaxing May Fair Spa. The May Fair Hotel has an established partnership as the official hotel partner for both London Fashion Week and the BFI London Film Festival. www.themayfairhotel.co.uk

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