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London Film Critics' Awards nominees (2004)



Story by: Jack Foley

RUSSELL Crowe’s seafaring adventure, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is leading the nominations list in the London Film Critics’ Awards, which will be announced in London, on February 11, 2004, in aid of the NSPCC charity.

The historical epic has landed six nominations in total, including best film, best actor, for Crowe, and best director, for Peter Weir, while co-star, Paul Bettany, also gets a nod in the best British actor category.

The film opened in November last year, to widespread acclaim, and is already considered to be a strong Oscar contender.

One of the most significant categories in the critics’ awards is the best British film category, named the Attenborough Award, which include The Hours, Young Adam, The Magdalene Sisters and The Mother, as nominees, while the best British actor will also be contested by Jude Law, for Cold Mountain, and Ewan McGregor, for Young Adam.

The British actress, meanwhile, will go to either Tilda Swinton, for Young Adam, Julie Walters or Dame Helen Mirren, for Calendar Girls, Charlotte Rampling, for The Swimming Pool, or Anne Reid for The Mother.

The London Film Critics' Circle was established to promote the art of criticism, with many of its members writing reviews for both national and regional media.

It is designed to recognise British talent, as well as promoting the year's best cinema from around the world, and includes a best foreign film category, which has nominated Etre et Avoir, Goodbye Lenin! and Belleville Rendez-vous among its contenders.

Aside from Master and Commander, the best film category will be contested by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, while Crowe will be pitted against Ed Harris, for The Hours, Sean Penn, for Mystic River, Bill Murray, for Lost in Translation and Nicholas Cage, for Adaptation.

Awards favourite, Nicole Kidman, has been nominated in the best actress category for her performance in Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain (which leads the field in the Golden Globe nominations), while Holly Hunter, for Thirteen, Meryl Streep, for Adaptation, Scarlett Johansson, for Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Julianne Moore, for Far From Heaven, have all received a nod.

The awards ceremony takes place just two weeks before the season finale, the Oscars.

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