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Carol and Tom Hardy lead 36th London Critics' Circle Film Award nominations

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Story by Jack Foley

TODD Haynes’ romantic drama Carol and British actor Tom Hardy lead the way with a number of nominations for the 36th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.

Carol emerged as the overall favourite after securing seven nominations, including Film of the Year. Both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are also contending for Actress of the Year.

But Tom Hardy received three nominations for his work in 2015, including his dual role in Krays drama Legend, the survival thriller The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road (pictured), as well as British drama London Road.

Following closely behind Carol is Andrew Haigh’s marital study 45 Years, which attracted six nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and Steve Jobs all landed five citations each.

The nominations were announced at The May Fair by rising star Florence Pugh, who was surprised that she was nominated herself as Young British Performer for her work in Carol Morley’s drama The Falling.

The awards, which will be presented in London on January 17, 2016, are voted on by 140 members of The Critics’ Circle Film Section.

Rich Cline, chairman of the Critics’ Circle, commented: “Our critics nominated more than 200 titles for Film of the Year alone, representing the range of wide opinions and the sheer number of movies critics watch each year.

“There was love for everything from Tangerine and Tangerines to Love, Joy and The Hateful Eight. Getting to that final list of nominees certainly wasn’t easy this year.”

Nevertheless, joining Carol, 45 Years, Amy and The Look of Silence among the 10 movies shortlisted for Film of the Year are the Disney/Pixar animation Inside Out, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Alejandro G Iñárritu’s The Revenant, Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room.

The ceremony will again be hosted by actor-filmmakers Steve Oram and Alice Lowe.

As previously announced, Kenneth Branagh will receive the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

The nominees in full

FILM OF THE YEAR
45 Years
Amy
Carol
Inside Out
The Look of Silence
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
45 Years
Amy
Brooklyn
The Lobster
London Road

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Eden
Hard to Be a God
The Look of Silence
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
The Tribe

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Amy
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Look of Silence
Palio
A Syrian Love Story

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Tom Courtenay – 45 Years
Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Tom Hardy – Legend

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Rooney Mara – Carol
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Benicio Del Toro – Sicario
Tom Hardy – The Revenant
Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina
Michael Keaton – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Olivia Colman – The Lobster
Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
Tilda Swinton – Trainwreck
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Andrew Haigh – 45 Years
Todd Haynes – Carol
Alejandro G Iñárritu – The Revenant
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott – The Martian

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Emma Donoghue – Room
Nick Hornby – Brooklyn
Phyllis Nagy – Carol
Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Michael Caine – Kingsman: The Secret Service, Youth
Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation, Second Coming
Colin Farrell – The Lobster, Miss Julie
Michael Fassbender – Macbeth Slow West, Steve Jobs,
Tom Hardy – Legend, London Roa, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenantd

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emily Blunt – Sicario
Carey Mulligan – Far From the Madding Crowd, Suffragette
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years, The Forbidden Room
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn, Lost River
Kate Winslet – The Dressmaker, A Little Chaos, Steve Jobs

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER
Asa Butterfield – X + Y
Milo Parker – Mr Holmes, Robot Overlords
Florence Pugh – The Falling
Liam Walpole – The Goob
Maisie Williams – The Falling

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Tom Browne – Radiator
Mark Burton & Richard Starzak – Shaun the Sheep Movie
Emma Donoghue – Room
Alex Garland – Ex Machina
John Maclean – Slow West

BRITISH SHORT FILM
Directed by Tweedie – dir Duncan Cowles
Leidi – dir Simon Mesa Soto
Over – dir Jorn Threlfall
Rate Me – dir Fyzal Boulifa
Stutterer – dir Benjamin Cleary

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Carter Burwell, music – Carol
Wade Eastwood, stunts – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Colin Gibson, production design – Mad Max: Fury Road
Elliott Graham, editing – Steve Jobs
Edward Lachman, cinematography – Carol
Tom Ozanich, sound design – Sicario
Sandy Powell, costumes – Cinderella
John Seale, cinematography – Mad Max: Fury Road
Alistair Sirkett and Markus Stemler, sound design – Macbeth
Andrew Whitehurst, visual effects – Ex Machina