Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench to compete for best actress gongs

 

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

Amour

Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Life of Pi

The Master

British Film Of The Year

Berberian Sound Studio

The Imposter

Les Miserables

Sightseers

Skyfall

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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