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Nominations 16.Dec.14 • Awards 18.Jan.15 The May Fair Hotel


The Critics' Circle is the world's oldest body of critics, established in 1913 and celebrating its centenary this year. As secretary of the film section and chair of the awards committee, I'm heavily involved in running our ceremony. Unlike the Oscars or Globes, we have some 140 members who watch all of the movies and vote on what we admire rather than trying to follow the buzz or being lured by over-hyped films.

This year's nominations, even with a stronger British slant than usual, feel somewhat mainstream. Although there's some nice recognition for foreign titles like Ida and Leviathan, both should have also gained some traction in writing and directing. But it's great to recognise performers ignored elsewhere, like Davis, Ahmed, Chastain, Kulesza, plus a double nod to Julianne Moore for two extremely different roles. Most surprising is the snub for Selma, especially since that its screenwriter and four leading actors are Brits. But these things can happen if films aren't screened adequately before the nominations deadline (see American Hustle last year).

This year's winners feel like oddly safe choices, with the only real surprise (a pleasant one!) being Under the Skin for British Film. As always, the ceremony was great fun, capped off by a witty Stanley Tucci presenting the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film to the magnificent Miranda Richardson.

See also: Words and pics from the 2015 AWARDS CEREMONY
UK REGIONAL CRITICS AWARDS


The Critics' Circle Film Awards are sponsored by The May Fair Hotel • Rich Cline has been a Critics' Circle member since January 2003.

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W I N N E R S . . .

3/5 BOYHOOD
2/5 UNDER THE SKIN
1/7 BIRDMAN
      MR TURNER
1/5 THE GRAND
        BUDAPEST HOTEL

      THE IMITATION GAME
1/4 '71
      WHIPLASH
1/3 LEVIATHAN
1/1 CITIZENFOUR
      GONE GIRL
      STILL ALICE
      WHAT WE DID ON
        OUR HOLIDAY


N O M I N E E S . . .

5 THE THEORY
        OF EVERYTHING

4 NIGHTCRAWLER
3 IDA
2 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
   INTO THE WOODS
   A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
   TWO DAYS,
        ONE NIGHT

1 THE BABADOOK
   BEGIN AGAIN
   BELLE
   DAWN OF THE PLANET
        OF THE APES

   THE DROP
   EDGE OF TOMORROW
   FOXCATCHER
   INHERENT VICE
   LOCKE
   MANAKAMANA
   MAPS TO THE STARS
   THE MAZE RUNNER
   NEXT GOAL WINS
   NIGHT WILL FALL
   NORTE, THE END
        OF HISTORY

   NORTHERN SOUL
   PLASTIC
   PRIDE
   SAY WHEN
   STARRED UP
   TESTAMENT OF YOUTH
   THE TWO FACES
        OF JANUARY

   UNBROKEN
   WINTER SLEEP


A L L   T H E   N O M I N E E S   &   W I N N E R S

F I L M

Birdman
winner! Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Leviathan
Mr Turner
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything
Under the Skin
Whiplash


F O R E I G N   F I L M

Ida
winner! Leviathan
Norte, The End of History
Two Days, One Night
Winter Sleep


B R I T I S H   F I L M

The Imitation Game
Mr Turner
Pride
The Theory of Everything
winner! Under the Skin


D I R E C T O R

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jonathan Glazer - Under the Skin
Alejandro G Inarritu - Birdman
winner! Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Mike Leigh - Mr Turner


D O C U M E N T A R Y

20,000 Days on Earth
winner! Citizenfour
Manakamana
Next Goal Wins
Night Will Fall

A C T R E S S

Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night
Essie Davis - The Babadook
Scarlett Johansson - Under the Skin
Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars
winner! Julianne Moore - Still Alice<br>

A C T O R

Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
winner! Michael Keaton - Birdman
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Timothy Spall - Mr Turner

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S

winner! Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Marion Bailey - Mr Turner
Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year
Agata Kulesza - Ida
Emma Stone - Birdman


S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R

Riz Ahmed - Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
winner! JK Simmons - Whiplash

B R I T I S H   A C T R E S S

Emily Blunt - Into the Woods & Edge of Tomorrow
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game, Begin Again & Say When
Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Belle
winner! Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl & What We Did on Our Holiday


B R I T I S H   A C T O R

Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Tom Hardy - Locke & The Drop
Jack O'Connell - Starred Up, '71 & Unbroken
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
winner! Timothy Spall - Mr Turner

S C R E E N W R I T E R

winner! Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler
Alejandro G Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood


Y O U N G   P E R F O R M E R

Daniel Huttlestone - Into the Woods
winner! Alex Lawther - The Imitation Game
Corey McKinley - '71
Will Poulter - The Maze Runner & Plastic
Saoirse Ronan - The Grand Budapest Hotel

B R E A K T H R O U G H   F I L M M A K E R

Hossein Amini - The Two Faces of January
Elaine Constantine - Northern Soul
winner! Yann Demange - '71
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard - 20,000 Days on Earth
James Kent - Testament of Youth


T E C H N I C A L   A C H I E V E M E N T

'71 - Chris Wyatt, editing
Birdman - Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematography
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Joe Letteri, visual effects
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Adam Stockhausen, production design
Inherent Vice - Mark Bridges, costumes
Leviathan - Mikhail Krichman, cinematography
Mr Turner - Dick Pope, cinematography
A Most Violent Year - Kasia Walicka-Maimone, costumes
winner! Under the Skin - Mica Levi, score
Whiplash - Tom Cross, editing

S P E C I A L   A W A R D S

winner! DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM:
Miranda Richardson

winner! ALL-SECTIONS (DRAMA, DANCE, FILM, MUSIC & ART) CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD 2015:
Nicholas Hytner

“With the Critics’ Circle awards, it’s just a bunch of guys hanging out and we have a drink. My bag. I love that award. I appreciate that award so much. That was a good year.”
— Billy Bob Thornton,
Actor of the Year 2001

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“The Critics’ Circle Film Awards are a bit like how the Golden Globes used to be when they were a party and not a pre-Oscar industry occasion.”
— Michael Caton Jones

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2013 Richard Attenborough awards from the UK's regional film critics...
Film:
12 Years a Slave
Director: Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Actress: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Rising Star: George MacKay - How I Live Now/For Those in Peril
Visual Effects: Gravity

Public vote...
British Film:
Philomena
Animated Film: Frozen
On-screen Duo: Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson - Saving Mr Banks

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