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Nominations 16.Dec.21 • Awards ceremony 6.Feb.22 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 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 180 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 the pandemic continues to give our nominations a distinctive flair. Once again, the nominations and winners are dominated by films written and directed by women, including The Power of the Dog, Passing, The Lost Daughter and The Souvenir Part II. Voters tend to opt for quirkier, arguably more deserving nominees, then turn back to cast more mainstream votes in the final round. And the list of winners feels remarkably deserving compared to other groups that get lost in the Hollywood buzz.

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 . . .

4/9 THE POWER OF THE DOG

2/5 THE SOUVENIR PART II

2/4 DRIVE MY CAR

2/3 PASSING

1/6 THE LOST DAUGHTER

1/4 THE FRENCH DISPATCH

1/3 DUNE

1/2 MEMORIA • TICK, TICK... BOOM!

1/1 C'MON C'MON • THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE • MAINSTREAM • SUMMER OF SOUL

N O M I N E E S . . .

4: AFTER LOVE • BELFAST • WEST SIDE STORY

3: THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN

2: EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE • FLEE • THE GREEN KNIGHT • LICORICE PIZZA • LIMBO • PETITE MAMAN • TITANE • THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

1: ALI & AVA • ANNETTE • BOILING POINT • THE CARD COUNTER • CENSOR • CODA • THE COURIER • CRUELLA • ENCOUNTER • GUNDA • THE HAND OF GOD • THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURIDICE GUSMAO • MARTIN EDEN • THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES • THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD • MOTHERING SUNDAY • THE NEST • NO TIME TO DIE • NOWHERE SPECIAL • PARALLEL MOTHERS • POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHE • RON'S GONE WRONG • SPENCER • SWEETHEART • THE VELVET UNDERGROUND • VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE


NB. This list includes films from the British/Irish acting nominees' body of work in 2021.
A L L   T H E   N O M I N E E S

F I L M

Belfast
Drive My Car
Dune
Licorice Pizza
The Lost Daughter
Memoria
winner! The Power of the Dog
The Souvenir Part II
Titane
West Side Story


F O R E I G N   F I L M

winner! Drive My Car
The Hand of God
Petite Maman
Titane
The Worst Person in the World

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   F I L M

After Love
Belfast
The Green Knight
Limbo
winner! The Souvenir Part II

D I R E C T O R

winner! Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog
Ryusuke Hamaguchi - Drive My Car
Joanna Hogg - The Souvenir Part II
Celine Sciamma - Petite Maman
Denis Villeneuve - Dune


D O C U M E N T A R Y

Flee
Gunda
The Most Beautiful Boy in the World
winner! Summer of Soul
The Velvet Underground

A C T R E S S

winner! Olivia Colman - The Lost Daughter
Penelope Cruz - Parallel Mothers
Renate Reinsve - The Worst Person in the World
Joanna Scanlan - After Love
Kristen Stewart - Spencer

A C T O R

winner! Benedict Cumberbatch - The Power of the Dog
Adam Driver - Annette
Andrew Garfield - Tick, Tick… Boom!
Oscar Isaac - The Card Counter
Daniel Kaluuya - Judas and the Black Messiah

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S

Jessie Buckley - The Lost Daughter
Ariana DeBose - West Side Story
Kirsten Dunst - The Power of the Dog
Rita Moreno - West Side Story
winner! Ruth Negga - Passing

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R

Richard Ayoade - The Souvenir Part II
Ciaran Hinds - Belfast
Jesse Plemons - The Power of the Dog
winner! Kodi Smit-McPhee - The Power of the Dog
Jeffrey Wright - The French Dispatch

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

Jessie Buckley
Olivia Colman
Ruth Negga
Joanna Scanlan
winner! Tilda Swinton


B R I T I S H / I R I S H   A C T O R

Riz Ahmed
Adeel Akhtar
Benedict Cumberbatch
winner! Andrew Garfield
Stephen Graham

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

Paul Thomas Anderson - Licorice Pizza
Wes Anderson - The French Dispatch
Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog
Maggie Gyllenhaal - The Lost Daughter
winner! Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe - Drive My Car

Y O U N G   P E R F O R M E R

Max Harwood - Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Jude Hill - Belfast
Emilia Jones - Coda
Daniel Lamont - Nowhere Special
winner! Woody Norman - C'mon C'mon

B R E A K T H R U   F I L M M A K E R

Prano Bailey-Bond - Censor
winner! Rebecca Hall - Passing
Aleem Khan - After Love
Marley Morrison - Sweetheart
Ben Sharrock - Limbo

B R I T I S H / I R I S H   S H O R T

Diseased and Disorderly
Expensive Shit
Know the Grass
winner! Play It Safe
Precious Hair & Beauty

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

Cruella - costumes
winner! Dune - visual effects
Flee - animation
The French Dispatch - production design
The Green Knight - cinematography
The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao - cinematography
Martin Eden - film editing
No Time to Die - stunts
The Power of the Dog - music
West Side Story - choreography

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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