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Jane Austen comedy and Miami drama win critics' approval ahead of awards

A Jane Austen comedy and a gritty drama charting a young man coming of age in a rough neighbourhood are the two very different frontrunners at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.

Bonnets-based romcom Love & Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Stephen Fry and Tom Bennett, is adapted from the Austen novella Lady Susan and is tied for most nominations with Moonlight, set on the mean streets of Miami, with seven nods apiece.

They are both up for film of the year as well as multiple acting honours at the ceremony which will take place on January 22 at The May Fair Hotel in London.

Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship and Barry Jenkins' Moonlight are closely followed by German comedy Toni Erdmann with six nominations, and La La Land, Manchester By The Sea and American Honey with five citations each.

British actors Naomie Harris, Andrew Garfield, Beckinsale and Bennett each received nominations both for specific performances and for their body of work in 2016.

Nominations for the 37th annual ceremony were announced at The May Fair on Tuesday morning and the winners will be voted on by 140 members of The Critics' Circle Film Section.

Chair of the Critics' Circle Film Awards Rich Cline said: "Our critics nominated more than 160 titles for film of the year alone, representing the range of wide opinions and the sheer number of movies critics watch each year.

"There was love for everything from Aferim to Zootropolis, including Captains America and Fantastic, plus acclaimed women from Jackie, Julieta, Moana, Christine, Krisha and Victoria to Miss Sloane and Florence Foster Jenkins.

"Making it onto that final list of nominees is never easy."

Last year's big winner was George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, which picked up both the film and director of the year awards.

The full list of nominees for the 37th London Critics' Circle Film Awards is as follows:

:: Film of the Year

American Honey

Fire At Sea

I, Daniel Blake

La La Land

Love & Friendship

Manchester By The Sea


Nocturnal Animals

Son Of Saul

Toni Erdmann

:: Foreign Language Film of the Year

Fire at Sea

Son Of Saul

Things Too Come

Toni Erdmann


:: Documentary of the Year

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years


The Eagle Huntress

Fire At Sea

Life, Animated

:: British/Irish Film of the Year

American Honey


I, Daniel Blake

Love & Friendship

Sing Street

:: Actor of the Year

Casey Affleck - Manchester By The Sea

Adam Driver - Paterson

Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge

Jake Gyllenhaal - Nocturnal Animals

Peter Simonischek - Toni Erdmann

:: Actress of the Year

Amy Adams - Arrival

Kate Beckinsale - Love & Friendship

Sandra Huller - Toni Erdmann

Isabelle Huppert - Things to Come

Emma Stone - La La Land

:: Supporting Actor of the Year

Mahershala Ali - Moonlight

Tom Bennett - Love & Friendship

Jeff Bridges - Hell Or High Water

Shia LaBeouf - American Honey

Michael Shannon - Nocturnal Animals

:: Supporting Actress of the Year

Viola Davis - Fences

Greta Gerwig - 20th Century Women

Naomie Harris - Moonlight

Riley Keough - American Honey

Michelle Williams - Manchester By The Sea

:: Director of the Year

Maren Ade - Toni Erdmann

Damien Chazelle - La La Land

Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester By The Sea

Laszlo Nemes - Son Of Saul

:: Screenwriter of the Year

Maren Ade - Toni Erdmann

Damien Chazelle - La La Land

Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester By The Sea

Whit Stillman - Love & Friendship

:: British/Irish Actor

Tom Bennett - Love & Friendship, Life On The Road

Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge, Silence

Hugh Grant - Florence Foster Jenkins

Dave Johns - I, Daniel Blake

David Oyelowo - A United Kingdom, Queen Of Katwe

:: British/Irish Actress

Kate Beckinsale - Love & Friendship

Rebecca Hall - Christine

Naomie Harris - Moonlight, Our Kind Of Traitor, Collateral Beauty

Ruth Negga - Loving, Iona

Hayley Squires - I, Daniel Blake

:: Young British/Irish Performer

Ruby Barnhill - The BFG

Lewis MacDougall - A Monster Calls

Sennia Nanua - The Girl With All The Gifts

Anya Taylor-Joy - The Witch, Morgan, Split

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo - Sing Street

:: Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker

Babak Anvari - Under The Shadow

Mike Carey - The Girl With All the Gifts

Guy Hibbert - Eye In The Sky, A United Kingdom

Peter Middleton & James Spinney - Notes On Blindness

Rachel Tunnard - Adult Life Skills

:: British/Irish Short Film

Isabella - Duncan Cowles & Ross Hogg

Jacked - Rene Pannevis

Sweet Maddie Stone - Brady Hood

Tamara - Sofia Safonova

Terminal - Natasha Waugh

:: Technical Achievement

American Honey - Robbie Ryan, cinematography

Arrival - Sylvain Bellemare, sound design

High-Rise - Mark Tildesley, production design

Jackie - Mica Levi, music

Jason Bourne - Gary Powell, stunts

La La Land - Justin Hurwitz, music

Moonlight - Nat Sanders & Joi McMillon, editing

Sing Street - Gary Clark & John Carney, music

Rogue One - Neal Scanlan, visual effects

Victoria - Sturla Brandth Grovlen, cinematography


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