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12 Years A Slave leads London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominees

12 Years A Slave

Story by Jack Foley

STEVE McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave leads the field at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards with a total of nine nominations.

The slavery drama is shortlisted for best film, director and screenwriter of the year, while its stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o all received acting nominations.

Stephen Frears’ Philomena is the next most nominated film, with five nods, including film of the year. Its leading lady, Dame Judi Dench, is up for best actress, while her co-star Steve Coogan is shortlisted as best British actor (for this and roles in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and The Look of Love).

Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Jon S. Baird’s Filth, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street also enjoyed multiple nominations.

Being a UK based organisation, the Critics’ Circle also set aside special categories reserved for honouring the best of British.

Hence, there are categories for best British actor and actress, as well as young British performer of the year and breakthrough British filmmaker.

In the former, Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas are both nominated for The Selfish Giant along with Saoirse Ronan for her performances in Byzantium, The Host and How I Live Now, Eloise Laurence for Broken and George MacKay for Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson, For Those in Peril, How I Live Now and Sunshine on Leith.

The filmmaker category is comprised of Jon S Baird for Filth, Scott Graham for Shell, Marcus Markou for Papadopoulos & Sons, Rufus Norris for Broken and Paul Wright for For Those in Peril.

British Screen icon Gary Oldman will also be handed the night’s special prize, The Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film.

The awards will be handed out on February 2, 2014.

The full list of nominees follows:

FILM OF THE YEAR
Blue Is the Warmest Color
Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
Gravity
The Great Beauty
Her

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Blue Is the Warmest Color
Caesar Must Die
Gloria
The Great Beauty
A Hijacking

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
A Field in England
Filth
Philomena
Rush
The Selfish Giant

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
The Act of Killing
Beware of Mr Baker
Leviathan
Stories We Tell
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Michael Douglas – Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color
Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Tom Hanks – Saving Mr Banks
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Naomie Harris – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
June Squibb – Nebraska

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Christian Bale – American Hustle / Out of the Furnace
Steve Coogan – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa / The Look of Love / Philomena / What Maisie Knew
Chiwetel Ejiofor– 12 Years a Slave
Michael Fassbender– The Counsellor / 12 Years a Slave
James McAvoy – Filth / Trance / Welcome to the Punch

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Judi Dench – Philomena
Lindsay Duncan – About Time / Last Passenger / Le Week-End
Naomie Harris – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Emma Thompson – Beautiful Creatures / Saving Mr Banks

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Conner Chapman – The Selfish Giant
Saoirse Ronan – Byzantium / The Host / How I Live Now
Eloise Laurence – Broken
George MacKay – Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson / For Those in Peril / How I Live Now / Sunshine on Leith
Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Paolo Sorrentino – The Great Beauty
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Spike Jonze – Her
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope – Philomena
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Jon S Baird – Filth
Scott Graham – Shell
Marcus Markou – Papadopoulos & Sons
Rufus Norris – Broken
Paul Wright – For Those in Peril

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
American Hustle – Judy Becker, production design
Behind the Candelabra – Howard Cummings, production design
Filth – Mark Eckersley, editing
Frances Ha – Sam Levy, cinematography
Gravity – Tim Webber, visual effects
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville, costumes
Inside Llewyn Davis – T-Bone Burnett, music
Stoker – Kurt Swanson & Bart Mueller, costumes
12 Years a Slave – Sean Bobbitt, cinematography
Upstream Colour – Johnny Marshall, sound design

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Gary Oldman