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37th London Critics' Circle Film Awards: La La Land takes top prize

La La Land

Story by Jack Foley

DAMIEN Chazelle’s La La Land has been crowned film of the year at the 37th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.

However, the Oscar-tipped musical only picked up the one accolade as the awards were spread around.

Casey Affleck was named actor of the year for his performance in Manchester By The Sea, while Isabelle Huppert took actress of the year for Things To Come. The French actress picked up a further prize: The Dilys Powell Award For Excellence in Film.

The London Critics’ Circle also include categories for British films among their awards. Hence, Ken Loach’s benefits drama I, Daniel Blake was named British Film of the Year, while in the acting categories Andrew Garfield took best actor for Silence and Hacksaw Ridge, while Kate Beckinsale won for Love & Friendship.

The supporting actor category was shared between Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali and Love & Friendship‘s Tom Bennett, while Naomie Harris was crowned best supporting actress for Moonlight.

Laszlo Nemes was a surprise choice as best director for his Holocaust drama Son of Saul, beating several higher profile filmmakers.

The awards were presented in London on Sunday, January 22.

WINNERS

FILM OF THE YEAR
La La Land

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Toni Erdmann

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Fire at Sea

BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR
I, Daniel Blake

ACTOR OF THE YEAR presented by Millbank and Cooper Searle
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR presented by Suqqu
Isabelle Huppert – Things to Come

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR (tie)
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Tom Bennett – Love & Friendship

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR presented by Cameo
Naomie Harris – Moonlight

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
László Nemes – Son of Saul

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge, Silence

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS
Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER presented by The May Fair Hotel
Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER
Babak Anvari – Under the Shadow

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM
Sweet Maddie Stone – Brady Hood

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Victoria – Sturla Brandth Grovlen, cinematography

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Isabelle Huppert