Friday, February 06, 2009

29th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Winners

Winners are in RED.

Unfortunately the nominees are not posted at their site, but from different news sources here are the nominations for all the categories.

Film of The Year
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Warner)
“Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
“Milk” (Momentum)
“Wall-E” (Disney)
*“The Wrestler” (Optimum)

The Attenborough Award: British Film of The Year
“Happy-Go-Lucky” (Momentum)
“Hunger” (Pathe)
“In Bruges” (Universal)
“Man on Wire” (Icon)
*“Slumdog Millionaire (Pathe)

Foreign Language Film of The Year
“Gomorrah” (Optimum)
“I’ve Loved You So Long” (Lionsgate)
“The Orphanage” (Optimum)
“Persepolis” (Optimum)
*“Waltz With Bashir” (Artificial Eye)

Director of The Year
Darren Aronofsky – “The Wrestler” (Optimum)
Danny Boyle – “Slumdog Millionaire” (Pathe)
Clint Eastwood – “Changeling” (Universal)
*David Fincher – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Warner)
Gus Van Sant – “Milk” (Momentum)

British Director of The Year
*Danny Boyle – “Slumdog Millionaire” (Pathe)
Terence Davies – “Of Time and the City” (BFI)
Mike Leigh – “Happy-Go-Lucky” (Momentum)
Steve McQueen – “Hunger” (Pathe)
Christopher Nolan – “The Dark Knight” (Warner)

Actor of The Year
Josh Brolin – “W.” (Lionsgate)
Frank Langella – “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
Heath Ledger – “The Dark Knight” (Warner)
Sean Penn – “Milk” (Momentum)
*Mickey Rourke – “The Wrestler” (Optimum)

Actress of The Year
Penelope Cruz – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (Optimum)
Anne Hathaway – “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony)
Angelina Jolie – “Changeling” (Universal)
Meryl Streep – “Doubt” (Miramax)
*Kate Winslet – “The Reader” (Entertainment) and “Revolutionary Road” (Paramount)

British Actor of The Year
*Michael Fassbender – “Hunger” (Pathe)
Ralph Fiennes – “The Duchess” (Pathe)
Ben Kingsley – “Elegy” (Entertainment)
Dev Patel – “Slumdog Millionaire” (Pathe)
Michael Sheen – “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)

British Actress of The Year
Rebecca Hall – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (Optimum)
Sally Hawkins – “Happy-Go-Lucky” (Momentum)
*Kristin Scott Thomas – “I’ve Loved You So Long” (Lionsgate)
Tilda Swinton – “Julia” (Chelsea)
Kate Winslet – “The Reader” (Entertainment) and “Revolutionary Road” (Paramount)

British Actor in a Supporting Role
Liam Cunningham – “Hunger” (Pathe)
Toby Jones – “Frost/Nixon” (Universal) and “W.” (Lionsgate)
*Eddie Marsan – “Happy-Go-Lucky” (Momentum)
Peter O'Toole – “Dean Spanley” (Icon)
Mark Strong – “Body of Lies” (Warner)

British Actress in a Supporting Role
Hayley Atwell – “The Duchess” (Pathe)
Kristin Scott Thomas – “Easy Virtue” (Pathe)
*Tilda Swinton – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Warner)
Emma Thompson – “Brideshead Revisited” (Miramax)
Alexis Zegerman – “Happy-Go-Lucky” (Momentum)

Screenwriter of The Year
*Simon Beaufoy – “Slumdog Millionaire”
David Hare – “The Reader” (Entertainment)
Martin McDonagh – “In Bruges” (Universal)
Peter Morgan – “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
Eric Roth – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Warner)

The NSPCC Award: Young British Performer of The Year
Asa Butterfield – “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” (Miramax)
Georgia Groome – “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging” (Paramount)
Bill Milner – “Son of Rambow” (Optimum)
Dev Patel – “Slumdog Millionaire” (Pathe)
Will Poulter – “Son of Rambow” (Optimum)
*Thomas Turgoose – “Somers Town” (Optimum) and “Eden Lake” (Optimum)

Breakthrough British Filmmaker
Joanna Hogg - writer-director: “Unrelated” (New Wave)
Martin McDonagh - writer-director: “In Bruges” (Universal)
*Steve McQueen - writer-director: “Hunger” (Pathe)
James Watkins - writer-director: “Eden Lake” (Optimum)
Rupert Wyatt - director: “The Escapist” (Vertigo)

Dilys Powell Award For Outstanding Contribution To Cinema
Dame Judi Dench

To check the award winners go here. The official site is here and if you want to check the news articles go here or here.

The best of these nominations is finding that there is another Kristin Scott Thomas movie that definitively I have to see, Easy Virtue. Also I totally agree that Penelope Cruz has no supporting role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and she deserves the nomination as Best Actress; then I was surprised to see Rebecca Hall performance in the same movie, she’s good… but I’ll post the movie review soon.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on February 4, 2009.

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