Andrew Haigh nabs Breakthrough Film-Maker at London Critic's Circle Awards

January 20 2012

There was a sense of new blood taking precedence at the 32nd Annual London Critic's Circle Awards last night, of which The Fan Carpet were in attendance.

With a host of highly-talented names making up both the Breakthrough British Film-Maker nominations, and Young British Performer of the Year, it certainly makes for a beaming year for British cinema, where a bright future beckons for many talented film-makers and actors alike.

Andrew Haigh (Weekend) won the Breakthrough Film-Maker award whilst and Craig Roberts (Submarine) took Young Performer, yet fellow nominees for such awards spoke of their delight at being a part of the prestigious ceremony. None more so than newcomer Jeremy Irvine, currently the starring role in Steven Spielberg's War Horse.

"Just literally three hours ago I was off the place from the Globes which was a bit of a whirlwind," he said.

"I'm still not used to it, it's still very weird and very new to me, but its great fun."

Such statements were echoed by fellow contender for the Young Performer award John Boyega, following his lead role in Attack the Block.

"You know what's weird about it is, is that places like this are where I used to hang around with my friends, go to drama clubs at the National Theatre and stuff, so it's really weird being here."

It wasn't just the British newcomers who had a successful year, but the British Actor and Actress of the Year awards were also closely contended, with a strong line-up eligible for the honours.

Michael Fassbender took British Actor for his role in Shame, and Olivia Colman, who has graced our screens for years in the hit comedy Peep Show, won British Actress, and she looks to be finally earning the recognition she deserves, for two excellent performances in Tyrannosaur and The Iron Lady.

"It's been really nice, I've been a lucky girl. I can't hide the fact that Tyrannosaur for me makes my heart warm," Colman said.

Kenneth Brannagh, depicting the great Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn also left with an award, winning Best Supporting Actor, and before the ceremony began he spoke to The Fan Carpet.

"I'm feeling lovely. It's very nice to be here, getting this kind of attention for our film," he continued.

"I'm not ashamed to say that a nomination is all that matters, but it really is. Although more than that, it's the audience that matters and they've been coming to see My Week With Marilyn, and that's what I care about.

"I'm honoured to be in the company of this this particular group. It's win-win I think."

Win-win indeed, Kenneth.

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