The London Critics Circle joined every other critics association and film related awards body by announcing their awards recently. Some have more bearing on the Oscars than others. This one doesn’t, but with 12 Years a Slave winning the top prize there will at least be one similarity. Gravity also won two awards including Director of the Year for Alfonso Cuaron, but everyone expects that.
The trouble with film critics is the desire to show they know something we don’t, so the results of these awards should always be taken lightly. There will often be films in there that will not even be on the Academy’s radar, and this of course is a great thing – it gives exposure to lesser known films lacking the distribution channels and promotional clout of the major studio releases. Just don’t use these to predict the Oscars.
London Critics Circle 2014 Winners
Film of the Year – 12 Years a Slave
Foreign Language Film of the Year – Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Documentary of the Year – The Act of Killing
British Film of the Year – The Selfish Giant
Director of the Year – Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Screenwriter of the Year – Joel & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis
Actor of the Year – Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Actress of the Year – Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Supporting Actor of the Year – Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Supporting Actress of the Year – Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
British Actor of the Year – James McAvoy
British Actress of the Year – Judi Dench
Young British Performer of the Year – Conner Chapman
Breakthrough British Filmmaker – John S. Baird
Technical Achievement Award – Gravity
Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film – Gary Oldman
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