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Nominations 12.Jan.21 • Awards ceremony 7.Feb.21 virtually


The Critics' Circle is the world's oldest body of critics, established in 1913 and made up of six sections: art, books, film, dance, music and theatre. As chair of the film section, I'm on the overall council. And as chair of the film awards, I'm heavily involved in running our ceremony. Unlike the Oscars or Globes, we have some 160 members who watch almost all of the movies and vote on what we admire rather than trying to follow the buzz or being lured by over-hyped films.

London critics tend to vote just a little against the grain, and this year streaming films were eligible, which has given our nominations a distinctive flair. The most obvious feature this year is the high number films written and directed by women, with Saint Maud, Rocks, Nomadland and Promising Young Woman earning the most nominations. Voters also didn't fall into expected traps like putting Mank up for everything. Frankly, the smaller films are more attention-grabbing if you take the time to see them, which clearly our members did.

Rich Cline joined the Critics' Circle in January 2003, became chair of the awards in 2012 and chair of the Film Section in 2020.

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W I N N E R S . . .

3/8 SAINT MAUD
3/5 NOMADLAND
2/6 ROCKS
2/3 MANGROVE
1/4 LOVERS ROCK

1/3
COLLECTIVE
SOUND OF METAL

1/2
BORAT SUBSEQUENT
   MOVIEFILM
MA RAINEY'S BLACK
   BOTTOM
RED, WHITE AND BLUE

1/1
ALEX WHEATLE
ANOTHER ROUND
EDUCATION
ETERNAL BEAUTY
MOGUL MOWGLI


N O M I N E E S . . .

4: MANK • PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

3: THE FATHER • I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS • THE MAURITANIAN • PIECES OF A WOMAN • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

2: ABOUT ENDLESSNESS • BABYTEETH • COUNTY LINES • DA 5 BLOODS • MINARI

1: AMMONITE • BIRDS OF PREY • BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS • CALM WITH HORSES • CLEMENCY • DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD • THE DIG • ENOLA HOLMES • HIS HOUSE • LYNN + LUCY • MAKE UP • MISBEHAVIOUR • LES MISERABLES • NOCTURNAL • SOUL • TENET • TIME • THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS • THE WORLD TO COME
WOLFWALKERS


Nb. This list includes films from the British/Irish acting nominees' body of work,
and all five Small Axe titles.
A L L   T H E   N O M I N E E S

F I L M

About Endlessness
Collective
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Lovers Rock
The Mauritanian
Minari
winner! Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Rocks
Saint Maud


F O R E I G N   F I L M

About Endlessness
winner! Another Round
Collective
Les Miserables
Minari

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   F I L M

The Father
Lovers Rock
Mangrove
Rocks
winner! Saint Maud

D I R E C T O R

David Fincher - Mank
Rose Glass - Saint Maud
Kevin Macdonald - The Mauritanian
winner! Steve McQueen - Small Axe
Chloe Zhao - Nomadland

D O C U M E N T A R Y

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
winner! Collective
Dick Johnson Is Dead
Time
The Truffle Hunters

A C T R E S S

Morfydd Clark - Saint Maud
Viola Davis - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby - Pieces of a Woman
winner! Frances McDormand - Nomadland
Carey Mulligan - Promising Young Woman

A C T O R

Riz Ahmed - Sound of Metal
winner! Chadwick Boseman - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins - The Father
Delroy Lindo - Da 5 Bloods
Tahar Rahim - The Mauritanian

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S

winner! Maria Bakalova - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Ellen Burstyn - Pieces of a Woman
Essie Davis - Babyteeth
Jennifer Ehle - Saint Maud
Amanda Seyfried - Mank

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R

Sacha Baron Cohen - The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chadwick Boseman - Da 5 Bloods
Aldis Hodge - Clemency
Ben Mendelsohn - Babyteeth
winner! Shaun Parkes - Mangrove

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   A C T R E S S

Bukky Bakray
Jessie Buckley
winner! Morfydd Clark
Vanessa Kirby
Carey Mulligan

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   A C T O R

winner! Riz Ahmed
Sacha Baron Cohen
John Boyega
Anthony Hopkins
Cosmo Jarvis

S C R E E N W R I T E R

Jack Fincher - Mank
Rose Glass - Saint Maud
Charlie Kaufman - I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Aaron Sorkin - The Trial of the Chicago 7
winner! Chloe Zhao - Nomadland

Y O U N G   P E R F O R M E R

Kosar Ali - Rocks
winner! Bukky Bakray - Rocks
Millie Bobby Brown - Enola Holmes
Conrad Khan - County Lines
Molly Windsor - Make Up

B R E A K T H R O U G H   F I L M M A K E R

Henry Blake - County Lines
Fyzal Boulifa - Lynn + Lucy
Emerald Fennell - Promising Young Woman
winner! Rose Glass - Saint Maud
Remi Weekes - His House

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   S H O R T

Filipiñana
Hungry Joe
Lizard
winner! The Long Goodbye
The Shift

T E C H N I C A L   A C H I E V E M E N T

Ammonite - Stephane Fontaine, cinematography
Birds of Prey - Deborah Lamia Denaver & Adruitha Lee, makeup & hair
Lovers Rock - Ed Bailie, music
Mank - Donald Graham Burt, production design
Nomadland - Joshua James Richards, cinematography
winner! Rocks - Lucy Pardee, casting
Soul - Pete Docter, animation
Sound of Metal - Nicolas Becker, sound design
Tenet - Jennifer Lame, film editing
WolfWalkers - Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart, animation

S P E C I A L   A W A R D S

winner! DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM: tbc

winner! ALL-SECTIONS CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD: Michael Frayn


“With the Critics’ Circle awards, it’s just a bunch of guys hanging out and we have a drink. My bag. I love that award. I appreciate that award so much. That was a good year.”
— Billy Bob Thornton,
Actor of the Year 2001

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“The Critics’ Circle Film Awards are a bit like how the Golden Globes used to be when they were a party and not a pre-Oscar industry occasion.”
— Michael Caton Jones

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