2014 London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Nominations

Of all the organizations doling out awards and nominations over the past few weeks, one of the more prestigious groups is the London Critics' Circle, which announced their nominations for the 34th London Critics' Circle Film Awards today. The oldest critics organization in the world, the LCC is comprised of five sections: Dance, Art and Architecture, Drama, Film, and Music. The aims are to promote the art of criticism, to uphold its integrity in practice, to foster and safeguard members' professional interests, to provide opportunities to meet, and to support the advancement of the arts. The awards are voted for by over 140 UK film critics, broadcasters, and writers.

British director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave tops the nominations list with nine, including Film of the Year, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Director (Steve McQueen), Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Screenwriter (John Ridley), British Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender), and Technical Achievement (Sean Bobbitt, Cinematography). Five nominations went to Stephen Frears’ Philomena, including British Film, Best Actress (Judi Dench), British Actor (Steve Coogan), British Actress (Judi Dench), and Screenwriter (Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope). Four nominations each went to Blue Jasmine, Filth, Gravity, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

"The London critics have yet again voted for a brilliant mix of films that reflects London's position as a hub of world cinema culture, both in production and appreciation," said Jason Solomons, The Circle's Film Section Chair. "All the nominated films and performances have found champions and crucial support from London critics as they journey around the world, from their debuts at festivals including Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Sundance, London and Edinburgh, where our critics show that their taste, knowledge, passion and influence remain vital and highly respected aspects of film culture. More than 200 different films were nominated on the ballots. I look forward to finding out our winners and send early congratulations to Gary Oldman, an icon of London cinema who has given us all pride and pleasure watching his outstanding, constantly surprising and thrilling screen career."

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Sunday, February 2 at the May Fair Hotel in the heart of London's Mayfair.

Here are the nominees for the 34th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards:

FILM OF THE YEAR
Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
Gravity
The Great Beauty
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Caesar Must Die
Gloria
The Great Beauty
A Hijacking

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
A Field in England
Filth
Philomena
Rush
The Selfish Giant

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
The Act of Killing
Beware of Mr Baker
Leviathan
Stories We Tell
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Bruce Dern - Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
Michael Douglas - Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Judi Dench - Philomena
Adèle Exarchopoulos - Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Greta Gerwig - Frances Ha

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
James Gandolfini - Enough Said
Tom Hanks - Saving Mr Banks
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Naomie Harris - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
June Squibb - Nebraska

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Christian Bale - American Hustle / Out of the Furnace
Steve Coogan - Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa / The Look of Love / Philomena / What Maisie Knew
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Michael Fassbender - The Counsellor / 12 Years a Slave
James McAvoy - Filth / Trance / Welcome to the Punch

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Judi Dench - Philomena
Lindsay Duncan - About Time / Last Passenger / Le Week-end
Naomie Harris - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Emma Thompson - Beautiful Creatures / Saving Mr Banks

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Conner Chapman - The Selfish Giant
Saoirse Ronan - Byzantium / The Host / How I Live Now
Eloise Laurence - Broken
George MacKay - Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson / For Those in Peril / How I Live Now / Sunshine on Leith
Shaun Thomas - The Selfish Giant

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave
Paolo Sorrentino - The Great Beauty
Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis
Spike Jonze - Her
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope - Philomena
John Ridley - 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter - The Wolf of Wall Street

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Jon S Baird - Filth
Scott Graham - Shell
Marcus Markou - Papadopoulos & Sons
Rufus Norris - Broken
Paul Wright - For Those in Peril

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
American Hustle - Judy Becker, production design
Behind the Candelabra - Howard Cummings, production design
Filth - Mark Eckersley, editing
Frances Ha - Sam Levy, cinematography
Gravity - Tim Webber, visual effects
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Trish Summerville, costumes
Inside Llewyn Davis - T Bone Burnett, music
Stoker - Kurt Swanson & Bart Mueller, costumes
12 Years a Slave - Sean Bobbitt, cinematography
Upstream Colour - Johnny Marshall, sound design

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Gary Oldman



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For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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