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Tinker and Drive top London Film Critics nominations

Tinker and Drive top London Film Critics nominations

Tinker and Drive top London Film Critics nominations

The London Film Critics Circle has dished out its nominations for the best of 2011, with the British film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the American independent Drive each earning six nominations – both, as it happens, directed by Scandinavians.

Another British film, We Need To Talk About Kevin, picked up five nominations, as did the Iranian film A Separation.

Shame and the film with the most all-round momentum behind it, the silent movie The Artist, are just behind them with four each.

The latest adaptation of John Le Carré’s classic spy novel is up for the Film of the Year, British Film of the Year, Screenwriter of the Year, Actor of the Year (for Gary Oldman), British Actor of the Year (Gary Oldman) and the award for Technical Achievement (Production Design).

Drive is up against Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in the contests for Film of the Year, Actor of the Year (Ryan Gosling) and Technical Achievement (Original Score), as well as earning nods for Director of the Year, Supporting Actor of the Year (Albert Brooks) and British Actress of the Year (Carey Mulligan).

Iran’s A Separation, which won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, is in the running for Foreign Language Film of the Year, as well as being nominated in the top Film of the Year category. It’s also up for Best Director, Screenwriter and Supporting Actress (Sareh Bayat).

We Need To Talk About Kevin failed to make it onto the Film of the Year shortlist, but in this typically parochial ceremony, it’s received a nod for the British Film of the Year contest. Similarly, Tilda Swinton is nominated for both the Actress of the Year and the British Actress of the Year – such categories often feeling like a ‘highest scoring loser’, giving an award to the people they really wanted to give awards to – but who weren’t really good enough. The film’s director, Lynne Ramsay, and the sound designer are also up for awards.

Like Kevin, Steve McQueen’s Shame makes it onto the British Film of the Year shortlist, but fails to secure a nomination for the top prize. The film’s star Michael Fassbender, like Gary Oldman, makes it onto both lists – Best Actor and Best British Actor. Fassbender’s Shame co-star Carey Mulligan gets another mention here in the Best British Actress category, as well as for her turn in Drive.

But all eyes – if not ears – will be on the silent film that’s got the critics talking, if not its own protagonists, The Artist. It’s up for Film of the Year. It’s writer and director Michel Hazanavicius is nominated in both categories. And it’s lead actor Jean Dujardin is also in the running.

Frustrating as it is to see nominations lists with British-only categories, as if the judges don’t think our films can compete in their own right on the international stage, it does at least justifiably iron out the odd omission. The Deep Blue Sea, which failed to receive a mention at the Golden Globes, is deservedly recognised here on the Best British Actress (Rachel Weisz) and Best Supporting Actor (Simon Russell Beale) lists.

That said, seeing the perfectly creditable The Guard make it onto the British Film of the Year shortlist, when it’s largely an Irish film, makes you wonder whether the British film industry was in fact so weak in 2011 that the London Film Critics couldn’t come up with five worthy British ones. This is not, after all, in a category for the International Co-Production of the Year. Likewise, Brendan Gleeson – up for British Actor of the Year – is Irish. Another nominee in that category, Michael Fassbender, is German-born to German and Irish parents. And Saoirse Ronan, whose role in Hanna sees her in the Young British Performer of the Year category, is an Irish-American.

The awards – voted for by a hundred and twenty UK critics – will be handed out on the 19 January at BFI Southbank.

The full nominations list is as follows:

FILM OF THE YEAR

The Artist

Drive

A Separation

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Tree of Life

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR

The Guard

Kill List

Shame

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need to Talk About Kevin

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

Mysteries of Lisbon

Poetry

Le Quattro Volte

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Dreams of a Life

Pina

Project Nim

Senna

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

Lynne Ramsay – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR

Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Kenneth Lonergan – Margaret

Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash – The Descendants

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER

Richard Ayoade – Submarine

Paddy Considine – Tyrannosaur

Joe Cornish – Attack the Block

Andrew Haigh – Weekend

John Michael McDonagh – The Guard

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

George Clooney – The Descendants

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Michael Fassbender – Shame

Ryan Gosling – Drive

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia

Anna Paquin – Margaret

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Simon Russell Beale – The Deep Blue Sea

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Albert Brooks – Drive

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Michael Smiley – Kill List

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Sareh Bayat – A Separation

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Vanessa Redgrave – Coriolanus

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Tom Cullen – Weekend

Michael Fassbender – A Dangerous Method, Shame

Brendan Gleeson – The Guard

Peter Mullan – Tyrannosaur, War Horse

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Olivia Colman – The Iron Lady, Tyrannosaur

Carey Mulligan – Drive, Shame

Vanessa Redgrave – Anonymous, Coriolanus

Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

John Boyega – Attack the Block

Jeremy Irvine – War Horse

Yasmin Paige – Submarine

Craig Roberts – Submarine

Saoirse Ronan – Hanna

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Manuel Alberto Claro, cinematography – Melancholia

Paul Davies, sound design – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Maria Djurkovic, production design – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Dante Ferretti, production design – Hugo

Alberto Iglesias, original score – The Skin I Live In

Chris King & Gregers Sall, editing – Senna

Joe Letteri, visual effects – Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Cliff Martinez, original score – Drive

Robert Richardson, cinematography – Hugo

Robbie Ryan, cinematography – Wuthering Heights

THE DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Nicolas Roeg

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