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Sir Kenneth Branagh's career hailed at London Critics' Circle Film Awards

By Staff Reporter

Sir Kenneth Branagh has picked up the top accolade at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.

The Belfast-born actor and director attended the awards as he received the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film, which was presented by Dame Judi Dench.

The awards at London's May Fair Hotel are voted for by 140 members of the Critics' Circle Film Section.

Branagh whose most recent credits include the 2015 live action adaptation of Cinderella starring Lily James as the princess which opened in the number one spot at the UK box office.

Also starring Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter it took more than £288m worldwide.

He is known for his stage and film work - particularly for his cinema adaptations of Shakespeare, and the formation of his own Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in London.

Earlier, Kate Winslet backed her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio to win his first Oscar at next month's ceremony.

The actress said she would be "surprised" if The Revenant star did not receive the Best Actor award after missing out with his previous five Oscar nominations.

"I think it probably will be (Leonardo)," she said.

"I think you can sort of feel it and I think everyone wants it for him. It would be amazing. It's also difficult for me too because Michael Fassbender is also nominated and I was his right hand woman for three months making Steve Jobs. I saw how hard he worked and I thought his performance was extraordinary.

"But you can feel the temperature and it's probably going to be Leo's year."

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