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Nominations 15.Dec.15 • Awards 17.Jan.16 at 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 and winners again have a British/Irish slant, with extra love for 45 Years, Amy, Tom Hardy and Saoirse Ronan, plus Commonwealth citizen George Miller. The most surprising omission in the nominations was Maggie Smith. As usual, this group's nicest touch is the inclusion of foreign, documentary and animated films in our film of the year list. And this year, the foreign film list includes both a documentary and an animated movie. Winners were difficult to predict this year, with several very tight races.

See also: Words and pics from the 2016 AWARDS CEREMONY

The Critics' Circle Film Awards are sponsored by The May Fair Hotel, Suqqu, Sacred, Remy Martin, Audi, Voss, Viru, Cameo, Synchronicity and Innerplace.

Rich Cline has been a Critics' Circle member since January 2003, and awards chair since 2012.

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W I N N E R S . . .

3/6 45 YEARS
3/5 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
1/7 CAROL
1/5 THE REVENANT
      STEVE JOBS
1/4 BROOKLYN
1/3 AMY
      THE LOOK OF SILENCE
      SPOTLIGHT
1/2 THE FALLING
      LEGEND
      LONDON ROAD
      SLOW WEST
1/1 BRIDGE OF SPIES

N O M I N E E S . . .

4 EX MACHINA
   ROOM
3 THE LOBSTER
   SICARIO
2 MACBETH
   THE MARTIAN
1 BEASTS OF NO NATION
   CINDERELLA
   CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
   THE DRESSMAKER
   EDEN
   FAR FROM THE
      MADDING CROWD
   THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
   GOING CLEAR
   THE GOOB
   HARD TO BE A GOD
   INSIDE OUT
   KINGSMAN
   LOST RIVER
   A LITTLE CHAOS
   LOVE & MERCY
   MISS JULIE
   MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
      ROGUE NATION
   MR HOLMES
   PALIO
   RADIATOR
   ROBOT OVERLORDS
   SECOND COMING
   SHAUN THE SHEEP
   SUFFRAGETTE
   A SYRIAN LOVE STORY
   THE TALE OF THE
      PRINCESS KAGUYA
   TRAINWRECK
   THE TRIBE
   X + Y
   YOUTH


A L L   T H E   N O M I N E E S

F I L M

45 Years
Amy
Carol
Inside Out
The Look of Silence
winner! Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight


F O R E I G N   F I L M

Eden
Hard to Be a God
winner! The Look of Silence
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
The Tribe

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   F I L M

winner! 45 Years
Amy
Brooklyn
The Lobster
London Road


D I R E C T O R

Andrew Haigh - 45 Years
Todd Haynes - Carol
Alejandro G Inarritu - The Revenant
winner! George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott - The Martian

D O C U M E N T A R Y

winner! Amy
Going Clear
The Look of Silence
Palio
A Syrian Love Story

A C T R E S S

Cate Blanchett - Carol
Brie Larson - Room
Rooney Mara - Carol
winner! Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn

A C T O R

winner! Tom Courtenay - 45 Years
Paul Dano - Love & Mercy
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Tom Hardy - Legend

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S

Olivia Colman - The Lobster
Kristen Stewart - Clouds of Sils Maria
Tilda Swinton - Trainwreck
Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
winner! Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R

Benicio Del Toro - Sicario
Tom Hardy - The Revenant
Oscar Isaac - Ex Machina
Michael Keaton - Spotlight
winner! Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   A C T R E S S

Emily Blunt
Carey Mulligan
Charlotte Rampling
winner! Saoirse Ronan
Kate Winslet


B R I T I S H / I R I S H   A C T O R

Michael Caine
Idris Elba
Colin Farrell
Michael Fassbender
winner! Tom Hardy

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

Emma Donoghue - Room
Nick Hornby - Brooklyn
Phyllis Nagy - Carol
winner! Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy - Spotlight
Aaron Sorkin - Steve Jobs


Y O U N G   P E R F O R M E R

Asa Butterfield - X + Y
Milo Parker - Mr Holmes, Robot Overlords
Florence Pugh - The Falling
Liam Walpole - The Goob
winner! Maisie Williams - The Falling

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

Tom Browne - Radiator
Mark Burton & Richard Starzak - Shaun the Sheep Movie
Emma Donoghue - Room
Alex Garland - Ex Machina
winner! John Maclean - Slow West

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

Carter Burwell, music - Carol
Wade Eastwood, stunts - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Colin Gibson, production design - Mad Max: Fury Road
Elliott Graham, editing - Steve Jobs
winner! Edward Lachman, cinematography - Carol
Tom Ozanich, sound design - Sicario
Sandy Powell, costumes - Cinderella
John Seale, cinematography - Mad Max: Fury Road
Alistair Sirkett and Markus Stemler, sound design - Macbeth
Andrew Whitehurst, visual effects - Ex Machina
S P E C I A L   A W A R D S
winner! DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM:
Kenneth Branagh
winner! ALL-SECTIONS CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD: Maggie Smith

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   S H O R T

Directed by Tweedie
Leidi
Over
Rate Me
winner! Stutterer

“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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