Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench to compete for best actress gongs
Tuesday 18 December 2012
Dame Helen Mirren will vie with Dame Judi Dench and Emily Blunt for best British actress at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.
Actress 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.
Blunt 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.
Irish films, film-makers and performers are eligible in British categories.
The main nominations for the 33rd London Critics' Circle Film Award
The Sky Movies Award: Film Of The Year
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
British Film Of The Year
Berberian Sound Studio
Actor Of The Year
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Mads Mikkelsen - The Hunt
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Jean-Louis Trintignant - Amour
Actress Of The Year
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
British Actor Of The Year
Daniel Craig - Skyfall
Charlie Creed-Miles - Wild Bill
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Toby Jones - Berberian Sound Studio
Steve Oram - Sightseers
British Actress Of The Year
Emily Blunt - Looper/Your Sister's Sister
Dame Judi Dench - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel/Skyfall
Alice Lowe - Sightseers
Dame Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
Andrea Riseborough - Shadow Dancer
Director Of The Year
Paul Thomas Anderson - The Master
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty
Nuri Bilge Ceylan - Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Michael Haneke - Amour
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
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