Colin Firth wins top critics’ award for movie role
Oscar nominees Colin Firth and Carey Mulligan scooped the British Actor and Actress of the Year awards last night at the 30th Annual London Film Critics' Circle Awards in aid of the NSPCC.
Firth was honoured for his role as a gay professor in Tom Ford's directorial debut A Single Man, while up-and-coming actress Mulligan received the award for her part in An Education.
Quentin Tarantino attended the ceremony to pick up its highest honour, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema, for his outstanding contribution to cinema.
The director, screenwriter and producer was celebrated for his classic films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.
Christoph Waltz, star of Tarantino's latest film Inglourious B*****ds, was also honoured at the ceremony, receiving the gong for Actor of the Year.
The Actress of the Year award went to Mo'Nique for her impressive performance as an abusive mother in dark drama Precious.
Gritty British drama Fish Tank received four awards, with Andrea Arnold being named British Director of the Year and Michael Fassbender picking up the Actor in a Supporting Role award.
French prison drama A Prophet was named Film of the Year and Swedish horror Let The Right One In won Foreign Language Film of the Year.