London Critics’ Circle nominations

Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’s drama about a young gay black man in Florida, continues to pick up momentum ahead of next year’s Oscars by topping the nominees for the London Critics’ Circle awards. The film is up for best film, director, screenplay, supporting actor, supporting actress, British/Irish actress and technical achievement.

On level pegging, also with seven nominations, is Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship – an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan whose failure to be nominated for a single Golden Globe last week raised eyebrows. That film is also up for best film, director, screenplay and British/Irish actress – it adds nominations for actress, British/Irish actor and British/Irish film.

Chasing their tails is German comedy Toni Erdmann, with six nominations, followed by Oscar frontrunner La La Land, bereavement drama Manchester by the Sea and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, which each take five.

The nominations diverge quite drastically across the board from those dished out by bodies across the Atlantic. Surprise inclusions stretch from Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough for their supporting roles in American Honey to two foreign-language turns (by Isabelle Huppert and Sandra Huller) in best actress.

The 37th edition of the awards will take place on 22 January, with a ceremony hosted by Sightseers stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.

Last year’s best film and best director went to Mad Max: Fury Road, while Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years picked up three prizes.

The full list of nominees for the 37th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards:

FILM OF THE YEAR
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

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Fire at Sea
Son of Saul
Things to Come
Toni Erdmann
Victoria

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Cameraperson
The Eagle Huntress
Fire at Sea
Life, Animated

BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR
American Honey
High-Rise
I, Daniel Blake
Love & Friendship
Sing Street

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Adam Driver – Paterson
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Jake Gyllenhaal  – Nocturnal Animals
Peter Simonischek – Toni Erdmann

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Amy Adams – Arrival
Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship
Sandra Hüller – Toni Erdmann
Isabelle Huppert – Things to Come
Emma Stone – La La Land

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Tom Bennett – Love & Friendship
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Shia LaBeouf – American Honey
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Viola Davis – Fences
Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Riley Keough – American Honey
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Maren Ade – Toni Erdmann
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
László Nemes – Son of Saul

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Maren Ade – Toni Erdmann
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Whit Stillman – Love & Friendship

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR
Tom Bennett – Love & Friendship, Life on the Road
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge, Silence
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dave Johns – I, Daniel Blake
David Oyelowo – A United Kingdom, Queen of Katwe

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS
Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship
Rebecca Hall – Christine
Naomie Harris – Moonlight, Our Kind of Traitor, Collateral Beauty
Ruth Negga – Loving, Iona
Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake

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

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER
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

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM
Isabella – Duncan Cowles & Ross Hogg
Jacked – Rene Pannevis
Sweet Maddie Stone – Brady Hood
Tamara – Sofia Safonova
Terminal – Natasha Waugh

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
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 – Neal Scanlan, visual effects
Victoria – Sturla Brandth Grovlen, cinematography

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NOMINATIONS BY FILM

7:
Moonlight (Altitude)
Love & Friendship (Curzon)

6:
Toni Erdmann (Soda)

5:
American Honey (Universal)
La La Land (Lionsgate)
Manchester by the Sea (StudioCanal)

4:
I, Daniel Blake (eOne)

3:
Fire at Sea (Curzon)
Nocturnal Animals (Universal)
Sing Street (Lionsgate)
Son of Saul (Curzon)

2:
Arrival (eOne)
The Girl With All the Gifts (Warners)
Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate)
High-Rise (StudioCanal)
Things to Come (Curzon)
A United Kingdom (Pathe)
Victoria (Curzon)

1:
20th Century Women (eOne)
Adult Life Skills (Lorton)
The BFG (eOne)
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (StudioCanal)
Cameraperson (Dogwoof)
Christine (Curzon)
Collateral Beauty (Warners)
The Eagle Huntress (Altitude)
Eye in the Sky (eOne)
Fences (Paramount)
Florence Foster Jenkins (Pathe)
Hell or High Water (StudioCanal)
Iona (Verve)
Jackie (eOne)
Jason Bourne (Universal)
Life, Animated (Dogwoof)
Life on the Road (eOne)
Loving (Universal)
A Monster Calls (eOne)
Morgan (Fox)
Notes on Blindness (Curzon)
Our Kind of Traitor (StudioCanal)
Paterson (Soda)
Queen of Katwe (Disney)
Rogue One (Disney)
Silence (StudioCanal)
Split (Universal)
Under the Shadow (Vertigo)
The Witch (Universal)

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