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Sunday 20 April 2014

Dames up for best actress award

Dame Helen Mirren is nominated for her role in Hitchcock

Dame Helen Mirren will vie with Dame Judi Dench and Emily Blunt for best British actress at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.

Dame Helen is nominated for her role as the filmmaker's wife in the movie Hitchcock, while Dame Judi is up for two films, as MI5 boss in Skyfall and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Emily is also shortlisted for two films, Looper and Your Sister's Sister, while the other nominees are Andrea Riseborough (Shadow Dancer) and Alice Lowe (Sightseers).

Bond star Daniel Craig is up for British actor of the year, competing against Daniel Day-Lewis for his role as the former US president in the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln.

Skyfall has been nominated for five awards, including British film, supporting actor (Javier Bardem), and supporting actress (Dame Judi). The five nominations make Skyfall, which recently made history at the UK box office, the most feted Bond film at the Critics' Circle Awards.

Amour, Argo, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Life Of Pi and The Master are contending for film of the year. Michael Haneke's Amour and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master lead the nominations with seven apiece.

The London Film Critics' Circle comprises UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, who voted for the shortlist.

Helena Bonham Carter will receive the Dilys Powell Award For Excellence In Film. Keira Knightley film Anna Karenina is up for just one award - technical achievement for costumes.

Chairman Jason Solomons said: "Once again, the selections of the British critics illustrate the great variation of extraordinary work in film over the last year."

The 33rd annual edition London Critics' Circle Film Awards will take place on January 20 at the May Fair Hotel.

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