London Critics Name ROMA as Film of the Year

Alfonso Cuarón’s personal drama also wins Director of the Year, while Yorgos Lanthimos’ period black comedy The Favourite takes four awards, including British/Irish Film, Screenwriter, Actress for Olivia Colman and Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz.

The UK’s leading film critics handed out their annual prizes on Sunday night at the 39th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street Entertainment at The May Fair Hotel. Hosted by British comic Judi Love, the black-tie event saw Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexican drama Roma named as Film of the Year, while Cuarón also collected Director of the Year.

Yorgos Lantimos was on hand as his blackly comical period film The Favourite won four awards,including British/Irish Film and Screenwriter, plus Actress and Supporting Actress for Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz, respectively. The critics’ top prize, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, was presented to Pedro Almodóvar by Tamsin Greig, who starred in the West End adaptation of his classic film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Other winners at the ceremony were Richard E Grant, who came along to collect his Supporting Actor of the Year prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Ethan Hawke sent a video greeting from New York to accept Actor of the Year for First Reformed. Jessie Buckley was named British/Irish Actress of the Year for Beast. And Rupert Everett sent his costar and friend Emily Watson to collect his award as British/Irish Actor of the Year for The Happy Prince. Agnes Varda also sent a video thank you to claim Documentary of the Year for Faces Places.

Also in attendance were Molly Wright, named Young British/Irish Performer of the Year for her role in Apostasy; Michael Pearce, who won Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker for Beast. Pawel Pawlikowski accepted the Foreign-Language Film prize for Cold War, while his cinematographer Lukasz Zal won the Technical Achievement Award. Lara Zeidan’s Three Centimetres was named British/Irish Short Film of the Year. Guests and nominees in attendance included Anya Taylor-Joy, Fionn Whitehead, Liv Hill, Caroline Goodall, Muna Otaru, Deborah Haywood, Daniel Kokotajlo, Gonzalo Maza, Ian Bonhote, Peter Ettedgui, and Jake and Hannah Graf.

The ceremony was notable for the fact that virtually all of the winning films are by and/or about women. Dame Heather Rabbatts of Time’s Up UK said, “We were delighted to see the Critics’ Circle nominate two female directors for Director of the Year at this year’s ceremony, which was hosted by a black woman for the first time. And the Film Section’s current chair, Anna Smith, is the first woman to helm the section in over 40 years and is part of a team working towards gender parity and diversity in criticism. As Time’s Up UK enters its second year, we are as dedicated to raising the profile of female critics as we are the number of female film directors and more women in leadership roles across all parts of the arts industry and beyond. So it is great to see the Critics’ Circle championing women, especially as we turn to the Baftas in a few weeks time”.

London-based media group Dover Street Entertainment returned for a second year as headline sponsor, and this is the seventh year the event has been hosted by The May Fair Hotel. Heaven Skincare also returned for a second year as a main sponsor of the event. Sponsoring management agencies Millbank and Cooper Searle brought along a line-up of fresh rising stars to grace the red carpet. In-kind sponsors included Mionetto Prosecco Superiore, Rémy Martin and Inverroche. Audi is the official car of the awards.

Full List of Winners for 39th Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street Entertainment

FILM OF THE YEAR
Roma

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Cold War

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Faces Places

BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR: The Attenborough Award
The Favourite

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – The Favourite

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Heaven Skincare
Olivia Colman – The Favourite

ACTOR OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Millbank & Cooper Searle
Ethan Hawke – First Reformed

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Jessie Buckley – Beast

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Rupert Everett – The Happy Prince

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR – sponsored by The May Fair Hotel
Molly Wright – Apostasy

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: The Philip French Award
Michael Pearce – Beast

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM
Three Centimetres – directed by Lara Zeidan

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Cold War – cinematography, Lukasz Zal

THE DILYS POWELL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Pedro Almodóvar

British Comic Jude Love to Host CC Film Awards

Presented by Dover Street Entertainment and hosted by The May Fair Hotel for a seventh year, the ceremony on Sunday, 20th January, will also be sponsored by Heaven Skincare.

Britain’s leading film critics today announced that actor, comic and social commentator Judi Love will host the 39th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street Entertainment, which will take place on Sunday 20th January 2019 at The May Fair Hotel. The event is expected to attract a host of stellar British and international film talent. The awards are presented by the 150-member Film Section of The Critics’ Circle, the UK’s longest-standing and most prestigious critical organisation.

“I’m excited to be hosting such a prestigious awards ceremony that celebrates the creative field of film,” said Love. “As a British actress and comedienne, it’s great to see that the London Critics’ Circle have put forward two female directors and specifically recognised UK talent. It’s going to be a great night, with laughter, achievements and hopefully a little bit of dancing. I’m looking forward to finding out who the winners are.”

One of the brightest new stars on the stand-up circuit, Judi Love won Comedian of the Year at the 2018 UK Entertainment Awards and presents a weekly show on BBC Radio London. Judi recently appeared on The Lenny Henry Birthday Show and performs regularly in venues throughout the UK. Her frank and funny social media sketches have won a loyal following and have been picked up by the likes of Comedy Central. A film fan, Love’s online skits include a reaction to Black Panther in which she attempts to book flights to Wakanda. “Judi has won us over with her fresh, forthright humour, and I can’t wait to see what she brings to our awards,” said Anna Smith, Chair of the Critics’ Circle Film Section.

The top nominee this year is The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy set in 18th century Britain and starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. The film has 10 nominations, followed by five each for Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. These films are contending for Film of the Year alongside BlacKkKlansman, First Man, First Reformed, Leave No Trace and this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters.

At this year’s ceremony, the London film critics’ top honour, The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, will be presented to Pedro Almodóvar. Previous winners include Kate Winslet, Isabelle Huppert, Judi Dench, Gary Oldman and Quentin Tarantino.

London-based media group Dover Street Entertainment is returning for a second year as headline sponsor, and this is the seventh year the event has been hosted by The May Fair Hotel. Heaven Skincare also returns for a second year as a main sponsor of the event. CEO Deborah Mitchell said, “Heaven Skincare are delighted to once again support such an amazingly star-studded evening celebrating so many inspirational, fabulous films.”

Millbank Casting & Management together with Cooper Searle Personal Management are sponsoring the Best Actor Award for the third consecutive year. Millbank’s founders Eric Buchanan and Brit Felmberg will be in attendance along with a number of rising international acting talent whom they represent. This include Arrows & Traps theatre company veteran Pearce Sampson and rising German actor Clemente Lohr, who will be joined on the red carpet by London Fashion Week catwalk regulars Johanna Londinium and Christian James (aka Chris Jammer). In-kind sponsors include Mionetto Prosecco Superiore, Rémy Martin and Sacred Gin. Audi is the official car of the awards.

Since the first edition in 1980, the Critics’ Circle Film Awards have become an anticipated and respected fixture in the annual film calendar. In recent years attending winners have included Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Emma Thompson, Christoph Waltz, Martin Scorsese and Steve McQueen.

 

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