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Writer Director Joanna Hogg’s Delicate Autobiographical Drama THE SOUVENIR Leads London Critics With 7 Nominations


17 December 2019

At its 40th anniversary ceremony, the London critics will give special honours to Aardman, filmmaker Sally Potter and costume designer Sandy Powell. Presented by Pearl Pictures Productions, the event will be hosted by actor and writer Sally Phillips at The May Fair on 30th January.

The UK's leading film critics today announced the nominations for the 40th annual London Critics' Circle Film Awards presented by Pearl Street Productions. Writer-director Joanna Hogg's delicate autobiographical drama The Souvenir was out front with 7 nominations, including Film, Screenwriter, Actor (Tom Burke), Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton) and Young Performer (Honor Swinton Byrne). In addition, the film is nominated for British/Irish Film of the Year.

The critics spread the nominations around the field this year, naming both Martin Scorsese's The Irishman and Sam Mendes' 1917 in six categories, while giving five nominations each to Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory and Bong Joon Ho's Parasite. The remaining four films in contention for Film of the Year are Joker, Knives Out, Midsommar and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

The nominations were announced today at The May Fair Hotel by actors Jenn Murray, who appeared alongside the nominated Lesley Manville in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and John Dagleish, who appeared with nominee Renée Zellweger in Judy. Multiple nominees today include Florence Pugh, shortlisted as lead actress in Midsommar, supporting actress in Little Women and as British/Irish Actress for her body of work over the year. Those receiving double nominations include Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, Spanish maestro Pedro Almodóvar and actor Tom Burke.

"Because our critics see almost everything that's released, they nominated more than 200 movies across their ballots," says Awards Chair Rich Cline. "And as usual, we have also made some surprise choices in our voting, which makes our list of nominees stand out in the current awards season. In addition, we've selected four women specifically for their work as writers and directors, and highlighted work in films that tend to get overlooked this time of year."

Anna Smith, chair of the Film Section and host of the Girls On Film podcast, says "I'm proud that our members have recognised the fantastic work of both female and male directors this year. While some awards ceremonies continue to shut out women filmmakers and smaller films, the Critics' Circle voters are leading the way again. And we're thrilled that the iconic - and very funny - actor and writer Sally Phillips will be hosting our ceremony."

 

 

Known for her intelligence, talent and razor-sharp wit, Phillips was listed in The Observer's survey of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy (2003). She is instantly recognisable from Smack the Pony, which she also wrote, as well as such classic series as I'm Alan Partridge, Miranda and Veep, the acclaimed BBC2 documentary A World Without Down's Syndrome (2016) and as the eponymous Clare in the Community on the Radio 4 sitcom since 2004. On film, she costarred in the three Bridget Jones films and The Decoy Bride, which she cowrote. This past year, she had a role in Gurinder Chadha's Blinded by the Light. Coming up are roles in the road comedy Off the Rails alongside Judi Dench, Stephen Fry's The Liar and the musical Chocolate Cake, starring Toby Sebastian.

The Critics' Circle will announce its winners a gala 40th anniversary ceremony at which three special awards will be presented. Aardman, the animators behind Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, will receive the 40th Anniversary Award, while British film icons Sally Potter and Sandy Powell will each be presented with the critics' top honour, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema.

The 40th London Critics' Circle Film Awards is presented by Pearl Pictures Productions on Thursday, 30th January at The May Fair. The red carpet event is also sponsored by The May Fair and Rémy Martin, and Audi is the official car of the awards.

Full list of nominations:

FILM OF THE YEAR

The Irishman

Joker

Knives Out

Marriage Story

Midsommar

1917

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The Souvenir

 

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

Happy as Lazzaro

Monos

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

 

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Amazing Grace

Apollo 11

The Cave

For Sama

Varda by Agnès

 

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Pedro Almodóvar - Pain and Glory

Bong Joon Ho - Parasite

Sam Mendes - 1917

Céline Sciamma - Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Martin Scorsese - The Irishman

 

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR

Pedro Almodóvar - Pain and Glory

Noah Baumbach - Marriage Story

Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Wan - Parasite

Joanna Hogg - The Souvenir

Steven Zaillian - The Irishman

 

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong'o - Us

Florence Pugh - Midsommar

Charlize Theron - Bombshell

Renée Zellweger – Judy

 

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Antonio Banderas - Pain and Glory

Tom Burke - The Souvenir

Robert De Niro - The Irishman

Adam Driver - Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Laura Dern - Marriage Story

Jennifer Lopez - Hustlers

Florence Pugh - Little Women

Margot Robbie - Bombshell

Tilda Swinton - The Souvenir

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Shia LaBeouf - Honey Boy

Al Pacino - The Irishman

Joe Pesci - The Irishman

Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

 

BRITISH/IRISH FILM: THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD

Bait

1917

Rocketman

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

 

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS (for body of work)

Jessie Buckley - Wild Rose/Judy

Cynthia Erivo - Harriet

Lesley Manville - Ordinary Love/Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Florence Pugh - Fighting With My Family/Midsommar/Little Women

Saoirse Ronan - Little Women

 

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR (for body of work)

Tom Burke - The Souvenir

Taron Egerton - Rocketman

George MacKay - 1917/Where Hands Touch/Ophelia

Robert Pattinson - The Lighthouse/High Life/The King

Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes

 

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER (for body of work)

Raffey Cassidy - Vox Lux

Dean-Charles Chapman - 1917/The King/Blinded by the Light

Roman Griffin Davis - Jojo Rabbit

Noah Jupe - Honey Boy/Le Mans '66

Honor Swinton Byrne - The Souvenir

 

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: THE PHILIP FRENCH AWARD

Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts - For Sama

Richard Billingham - Ray & Liz

Mark Jenkin - Bait

Owen McCafferty - Ordinary Love

Nicole Taylor - Wild Rose

 

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR

Appreciation

Beyond the North Winds: A Post-Nuclear Reverie

The Devil's Harmony

Kingdom Come

Pompeii

 

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Ad Astra - Allen Maris, visual effects

Apollo 11 - Todd Douglas Miller, film editing

Judy - Jeremy Woodhead, makeup and hair

Little Women - Jacqueline Durran, costumes

Motherless Brooklyn - Daniel Pemberton, music

Monos - Jasper Wolf, cinematography

1917 - Oliver Tarney, sound design

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood - Barbara Ling, production design

Parasite - Lee Ha Jun, production design

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon - Will Becher & Richard Phelan, animation

 

DILYS POWELL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Sally Potter

 

DILYS POWELL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Sandy Powell

 

40TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD

Aardman

Winners will be announced Thursday, 30th January 2020, at The May Fair Hotel

Nominees by number

7:

The Souvenir (Curzon)

6:

The Irishman (Netflix)

1917 (eOne)

5:

Marriage Story (Netflix)

Pain and Glory (Pathe/Fox)

Parasite (Curzon)

4:

Little Women (Sony)

3:

Judy (Pathe)

Midsommar (Entertainment)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Curzon)

Wild Rose (eOne)

2:

Apollo 11 (Dogwoof)

Bait (BFI)

Bombshell (Lionsgate)

For Sama (Republic)

Honey Boy (Sony)

Joker (Warners)

The King (Netflix)

Monos (Picturehouse)

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (Sony)

Ordinary Love (Universal)

Rocketman (Paramount)

1:

Ad Astra (Fox)

Amazing Grace (StudioCanal)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony)

Blinded by the Light (eOne)

The Cave (Dogwoof)

Fighting With My Family (Lionsgate)

Happy as Lazzaro (Modern)

Harriet (Universal)

High Life (Thunderbird)

Hustlers (STX)

Jojo Rabbit (Disney)

Knives Out (Lionsgate)

Le Mans '66 (Disney)

The Lighthouse (Universal)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)

Motherless Brooklyn (Warners)

Ophelia (Blue Finch)

Ray & Liz (New Wave)

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (StudioCanal)

The Two Popes (Netflix)

Us (Universal)

Varda by Agnès (BFI)

Vox Lux (Curzon)

Where Hands Touch (Spirit)

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 the BBC's Mark Kermode, Metro's Larushka Ivan-Zadeh and Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, and has presented its awards annually since 1980. 

About Pearl Pictures Productions
Founded by American-born producer Zachary Weckstein and based in The Netherlands, Pearl Pictures Productions combines a European and American approach to filmmaking. Weckstein applies his academic and business knowledge, and with his creative style he is always looking to challenge the audience's expectations. His motto is "Nothing is impossible". Pearl Pictures Productions presents Weckstein's distinctive style and expertise in his first feature, The Host, the first English-speaking, internationally distributed Dutch feature film. The Host will have its world premiere in London on 6th January 2020 before releasing in the US, UK and worldwide in cinemas and streaming from 17th January. 

About Edwardian Hotels London
Edwardian Hotels London is one of the UK’s largest privately owned hotel groups, which has been operating and developing its portfolio of five and four star luxury hotels since Jasminder Singh OBE began his career in the hospitality industry in 1977. Edwardian Hotels London owns and operates The May Fair, The Edwardian Manchester, both part of premium lifestyle brand Radisson Collection, 10 Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels across London and a range of luxury restaurant and bar brands, including the award-winning Kitchen concept restaurants: May Fair Kitchen, Bloomsbury Street Kitchen, Peter Street Kitchen, Leicester Square Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen and May Fair Bar. Edwardian Hotels London is currently engaged in its latest project, The Londoner. Set to open in June 2020, the first super boutique hotel in London’s Leicester Square will incorporate a luxury lifestyle hotel, six concept eateries, bars, spa and private screening rooms. It is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ prestigious Legend Collection.

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