“Love and Friendship’, ‘Moonlight’ top London critics noms

kate-beckinsale-love-and-friendship-x650By Ray Bennett

Very pleased to see that Kate Beckinsale (pictured right) has won two nominations in the 37th London Critics’ Circle Awards for her sparkling performance in Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation “Love and Friendship”, which garnered seven nominations overall including film of the year and British film of the year.

Beckinsale is nominated as actress of the year along with Amy Adams (my pick) for “Arrival” and she is my choice for British/Irish actress of the year.

Surprisingly, Denis Villeneuve’s excellent “Arrival” is not nominated for film of the year and only four of my picks made the list of 10: “La La Land”, “Love and Friendship”, “Manchester by the Sea” and “Toni Erdmann”. Barry Jenkins’s “Moonlight” also picked up seven nominations including film of the year.

Emma Stone also won a nomination as actress of the year but her “La La Land” co-star Ryan Gosling, who I think saves the picture, did not. Two of my picks are nominated: Casey Affleck for “Manchester by the Sea” and Andrew Garfield for “Hacksaw Ridge”.

In other categories, the absence of Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta” in the foreign-language category is a surprise and disappointment. Pleased to see “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” mentioned for best documentary. Also, Michael Shannon as best supporting actor for “Nocturnal Animals” and Mica Levi’s nomination in the odd mix of technical achievement for her score to “Jackie”.

Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony  on Sunday January 22 at The May Fair Hotel in London.

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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