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Nominations 20.Dec.16 • Awards 22.Jan.17 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 again have a British/Irish slant, with extra love for American Honey, Love & Friendship and I, Daniel Blake, plus extra love for eclectic, offbeat gems like Moonlight and Toni Erdmann. The most surprising omissions in the nominations are in the actress category - Annette Bening and Natalie Portman are missing. As usual, this group mixes foreign films and docs into the film of the year list. And if the nominees were unpredictable, the winners are even less so. Aside from the fact that surely La La Land won't go home empty handed.

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 and Cameo

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

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N O M I N E E S . . .

7 LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
   MOONLIGHT
6 TONI ERDMANN
5 AMERICAN HONEY
   LA LA LAND
   MANCHESTER
     BY THE SEA
4 I, DANIEL BLAKE
3 FIRE AT SEA
   NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
   SING STREET
   SON OF SAUL
2 ARRIVAL
   THE GIRL WITH
     ALL THE GIFTS
   HACKSAW RIDGE
   HIGH-RISE
   THINGS TO COME
   A UNITED KINGDOM
   VICTORIA
1 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
   ADULT LIFE SKILLS
   THE BFG
   THE BEATLES:
     EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
   CAMERAPERSON
   CHRISTINE
   COLLATERAL BEAUTY
   THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
   EYE IN THE SKY
   FENCES
   FLORENCE FOSTER
     JENKINS
   HELL OR HIGH WATER
   IONA
   JACKIE
   JASON BOURNE
   LIFE, ANIMATED
   LIFE ON THE ROAD
   LOVING
   A MONSTER CALLS
   MORGAN
   NOTES ON BLINDNESS
   OUR KIND OF TRAITOR
   PATERSON
   QUEEN OF KATWE
   ROGUE ONE
   SILENCE
   UNDER THE SHADOW
   THE WITCH


A L L   T H E   N O M I N E E S

F I L M

American Honey
Fire at Sea
I, Daniel Blake
La La Land
Love & Friendship
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Nocturnal Animals
Son of Saul
Toni Erdmann


F O R E I G N   F I L M

Fire at Sea
Son of Saul
Things to Come
Toni Erdmann
Victoria

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   F I L M

American Honey
High-Rise
I, Daniel Blake
Love & Friendship
Sing Street

D I R E C T O R

Maren Ade - Toni Erdmann
Damien Chazelle - La La Land
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea
Laszlo Nemes - Son of Saul


D O C U M E N T A R Y

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
Cameraperson
The Eagle Huntress
Fire at Sea
Life, Animated

A C T R E S S

Amy Adams - Arrival
Kate Beckinsale - Love & Friendship
Sandra Huller - Toni Erdmann
Isabelle Huppert - Things to Come
Emma Stone - La La Land

A C T O R

Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
Adam Driver - Paterson
Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nocturnal Animals
Peter Simonischek - Toni Erdmann

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S

Viola Davis - Fences
Greta Gerwig - 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris - Moonlight
Riley Keough - American Honey
Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R

Mahershala Ali - Moonlight
Tom Bennett - Love & Friendship
Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water
Shia LaBeouf - American Honey
Michael Shannon - Nocturnal Animals

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

Kate Beckinsale
Rebecca Hall
Naomie Harris
Ruth Negga
Hayley Squires


B R I T I S H / I R I S H   A C T O R

Tom Bennett
Andrew Garfield
Hugh Grant
Dave Johns
David Oyelowo

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

Maren Ade - Toni Erdmann
Damien Chazelle - La La Land
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea
Whit Stillman - Love & Friendship

Y O U N G   P E R F O R M E R

Ruby Barnhill - The BFG
Lewis MacDougall - A Monster Calls
Sennia Nanua - The Girl With All the Gifts
Anya Taylor-Joy - The Witch, Morgan
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo - Sing Street

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

Babak Anvari - Under the Shadow
Mike Carey - The Girl With All the Gifts
Guy Hibbert - Eye in the Sky, A United Kingdom
Peter Middleton & James Spinney - Notes on Blindness
Rachel Tunnard - Adult Life Skills

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

American Honey - Robbie Ryan, cinematography
Arrival - Sylvain Bellemare, sound design
High-Rise - Mark Tildesley, production design
Jackie - Mica Levi, music
Jason Bourne - Gary Powell, stunts
La La Land - Justin Hurwitz, music
Moonlight - Nat Sanders & Joi McMillon, editing
Sing Street - Gary Clark & John Carney, music
Rogue One - John Knoll, visual effects
Victoria - Sturla Brandth Grovlen, cinematography
S P E C I A L   A W A R D S
winner! DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM:
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winner! ALL-SECTIONS CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD: Matthew Bourne

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   S H O R T

Isabella
Jacked
Sweet Maddie Stone
Tamara
Terminal

“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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