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Mr Turner leads London Film Critics' Circle nominations (2014)

Mr Turner

Story by Jack Foley

MIKE Leigh’s historical biopic Mr Turner leads the way at the London Film Critics’ Circle nominations with seven nods, including Film of the Year and British Film of the Year.

Close behind is Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman. The film-industry satire scored six nominations, including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year for star Michael Keaton.

In the acting fields, Julianne Moore scored a rare double in the Actress of the Year category, earning two nominations for her contrasting roles in David Cronenberg’s black comedy Maps To The Stars and Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Alzheimer’s-themed drama Still Alice.

Other actors cited twice are Timothy Spall (Mr Turner), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), all three of whom will compete for both Actor of the Year and British Actor of the Year.

Among the 10 films shortlisted for Film of the Year are Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin and James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything.

All four films scored five nominations apiece, as did Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, which will compete for British Film of the Year alongside Mr Turner, Under The Skin, The Theory of Everything and Pride.

Rounding out the 10 nominees for Film of the Year are American independents Nightcrawler and Whiplash, as well as foreign-language contenders Ida and Leviathan.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at The May Fair Hotel, which is sponsoring and hosting the proceedings for the third year running.

The London Film Critics’ Circle Awards are voted on by 140 of the UK’s leading print, online and broadcast film critics.

Last year’s ceremony saw Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning 12 Year A Slave crowned Film of the Year, while veteran actor Gary Oldman accepted the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

The full list of nominations are…

FILM OF THE YEAR
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Leviathan
Mr Turner
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything
Under the Skin
Whiplash

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Ida
Leviathan
Norte, The End of History
Two Days, One Night
Winter Sleep

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
The Imitation Game
Mr Turner
Pride
The Theory of Everything
Under the Skin

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
20,000 Days on Earth
Citizenfour
Manakamana
Next Goal Wins
Night Will Fall

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Essie Davis – The Babadook
Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Julianne Moore – Still Alice

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
JK Simmons – Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Marion Bailey – Mr Turner
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Agata Kulesza – Ida
Emma Stone – Birdman

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Tom Hardy – Locke, The Drop
Jack O’Connell – Starred Up, ’71 & Unbroken
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods & Edge of Tomorrow
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game, Begin Again & Say When
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl & What We Did on Our Holiday

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Huttlestone – Into the Woods
Alex Lawther – The Imitation Game
Corey McKinley – ’71
Will Poulter – The Maze Runner & Plastic
Saoirse Ronan – The Grand Budapest Hotel

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin
Alejandro G Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Mike Leigh – Mr Turner

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Alejandro G Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Hossein Amini – The Two Faces of January
Elaine Constantine – Northern Soul
Yann Demange – ’71
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth
James Kent – Testament of Youth

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
’71 – Chris Wyatt, editing
Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematography
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, visual effects
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, production design
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges, costumes
Leviathan – Mikhail Krichman, cinematography
Mr Turner – Dick Pope, cinematography
A Most Violent Year – Kasia Walicka-Maimone, costumes
Under the Skin – Mica Levi, score
Whiplash – Tom Cross, editing