The UK’s leading film critics picked their favourites from 2016 at yesterday’s nominations ceremony in London for the 37th annual Critics’ Circle Film Awards.
Golden Globe nominee, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, tied with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen parody, Love & Friendship, for the most nominations, receiving seven each. Behind them came Maren Ade’s German comedy, Toni Erdmann with six nods, while La La Land, Manchester By The Sea and American Honey each scored five and Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake got four.
Actress Chloe Pirrie (to be seen on TV over Christmas in To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters) and actor/filmmaker Craig Roberts (The Fundamentals of Caring) announced the nominees. There were six categories specifically for British/Irish films, while home grown talent including Naomie Harris, Andrew Garfield, Kate Beckinsale, Tom Bennett, Dave Johns and Hayley Squires each received nominations for specific performances and their body of work.
An initial list of 160 contenders for the Film Of The Year accolade was whittled down to just ten, ranging from documentary Fire At Sea, holocaust drama Son Of Saul (also nominated in the Foreign Language category), musical La La Land and Tom Ford’s stylish Nocturnal Animals.
The awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, 22nd January 2017 in London and will be hosted by actor-filmmakers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, who won the critic’s Breakthrough Filmmakers prize in 2012 for their screenplay for Sightseers. Last year’s even saw George Miller winning both Film and Director prizes for Mad Max:Fury Road, with three awards going to Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.
The full list of this year’s nominees can be found on the Critic’s Circle website.