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Nominations 18.Dec.18 • Awards ceremony 20.Jan.19 at The May Fair Hotel


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 vice 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 155 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, which is refreshing even if it leaves us open to accusations of snubbery! For example, why did A Star Is Born and Green Book fail to get even a single nomination from us? Lots of members voted for them, but not enough to beat films critics genuinely rated higher. Meanwhile, we have a nicely diverse set of nominations, including two women up for director and some superb suprises in the acting categories, as usual. And the winners list is packed with nice touches as well.

See also: WORDS & PICS from the 2019 AWARDS CEREMONY > >

The Critics' Circle Film Awards are presented by Dover Street Entertainment and sponsored by The May Fair Hotel, Heaven Skincare,
Cooper Searle, Millbank, Audi, Inverroche, Mionetto, Remy Martin, Spanish Embassy London and Cervantes Institute

Rich Cline has been a Critics' Circle member since January 2003, and awards chair since 2012.

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W I N N E R S . . .

4/10 THE FAVOURITE
2/5 COLD WAR
      ROMA
2/3 BEAST
1/5 THE HAPPY PRINCE
1/3 APOSTASY
      FIRST REFORMED
1/2 CAN YOU EVER
         FORGIVE ME?
1/1 FACES PLACES

N O M I N E E S . . .

5 YOU WERE NEVER
     REALLY HERE
4 FIRST MAN
   WIDOWS
3 BLACKkKLANSMAN
   IF BEALE STREET
     COULD TALK
   LEAVE NO TRACE
   A QUIET PLACE
2 BLACK PANTHER
   DISOBEDIENCE
   HOLMES & WATSON
   SHOPLIFTERS
   VICE
1 120 BEATS PER MINUTE
   AMERICAN ANIMALS
   BAD TIMES AT
     THE EL ROYALE
   THE CHILDREN ACT
   A FANTASTIC WOMAN
   THE GIRL IN
     THE SPIDER'S WEB
   GLASS
   HEREDITARY
   IDEAL HOME
   JELLYFISH
   THE LITTLE STRANGER
   MARY POPPINS RETURNS
   McQUEEN
   MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
     FALLOUT
   MOWGLI
   THE NUTCRACKER AND
     THE FOUR REALMS
   PIN CUSHION
   THE SECRET OF
     MARROWBONE
   SHERLOCK GNOMES
   STAN & OLLIE
   SUSPIRIA
   THAT GOOD NIGHT
   THE TITAN
   THEY SHALL NOT
     GROW OLD
   THOROUGHBREDS
   THREE IDENTICAL
     STRANGERS
   UNSANE
   WHITNEY
   THE WIFE


Note that the above list includes films from British/Irish nominees' 2018 body of work.
A L L   T H E   N O M I N E E S

F I L M

BlacKkKlansman
Cold War
The Favourite
First Man
First Reformed
The Happy Prince
Leave No Trace
winner! Roma
Shoplifters
You Were Never Really Here


F O R E I G N   F I L M

120 Beats per Minute
winner! Cold War
A Fantastic Woman
Roma
Shoplifters


B R I T I S H / I R I S H   F I L M

Apostasy
Beast
winner! The Favourite
The Happy Prince
You Were Never Really Here


D I R E C T O R

winner! Alfonso Cuaron - Roma
Debra Granik - Leave No Trace
Yorgos Lanthimos - The Favourite
Pawel Pawlikowski - Cold War
Lynne Ramsay - You Were Never Really Here


D O C U M E N T A R Y

winner! Faces Places
McQueen
They Shall Not Grow Old
Three Identical Strangers
Whitney

A C T R E S S

Yalitza Aparicio - Roma
Glenn Close - The Wife
Toni Collette - Hereditary
winner! Olivia Colman - The Favourite
Joanna Kulig - Cold War


A C T O R

Christian Bale - Vice
Rupert Everett - The Happy Prince
Ben Foster - Leave No Trace
winner! Ethan Hawke - First Reformed
Joaquin Phoenix - You Were Never Really Here

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S

Elizabeth Debicki - Widows
Cynthia Erivo - Bad Times at the El Royale
Claire Foy - First Man
Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk
winner! Rachel Weisz - The Favourite


S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R

Adam Driver - BlacKkKlansman
winner! Richard E Grant - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Michael B Jordan - Black Panther
Daniel Kaluuya - Widows
Alessandro Nivola - Disobedience

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

Emily Blunt
winner! Jessie Buckley
Olivia Colman
Claire Foy
Rachel Weisz


B R I T I S H / I R I S H   A C T O R

Christian Bale
Steve Coogan
winner! Rupert Everett
Richard E Grant
Daniel Kaluuya

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

Alfonso Cuaron - Roma
winner! Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara - The Favourite
Barry Jenkins - If Beale Street Could Talk
Steve McQueen & Gillian Flynn - Widows
Paul Schrader - First Reformed


Y O U N G   P E R F O R M E R

Liv Hill - Jellyfish, The Little Stranger
Noah Jupe - Holmes & Watson, A Quiet Place, That Good Night
Anya Taylor-Joy - Glass, The Secret of Marrowbone, Thoroughbreds
Fionn Whitehead - The Children Act
winner! Molly Wright - Apostasy

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

Deborah Davis - The Favourite
Rupert Everett - The Happy Prince
Deborah Haywood - Pin Cushion
Daniel Kokotajlo - Apostasy
winner! Michael Pearce - Beast

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   S H O R T

Little Shit
Night Out
Salt & Sauce
winner! Three Centimetres
Under Growth

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

American Animals - film editing, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill & Julian Hart
BlacKkKlansman - costume design, Marci Rodgers
winner! Cold War - cinematography, Lukasz Zal
The Favourite - production design, Fiona Crombie
First Man - visual effects, Paul Lambert
If Beale Street Could Talk - music, Nicholas Britell
Mission: Impossible Fallout - stunts, Wade Eastwood
A Quiet Place - sound design, Ethan Van der Ryn & Erik Aadahl
Suspiria - music, Thom Yorke
You Were Never Really Here - film editing, Joe Bini

S P E C I A L   A W A R D S

winner! DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM:
Pedro Almodovar
winner! ALL-SECTIONS CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD: Carlos Acosta


“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

the critics' circle

“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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