Precursor: 41st London Critics Nominations (2020)

The first thing to remember about the London Critics is that they have separate awards for British & Irish actors and productions. This inevitably sways the tallies towards those kinds of films. The second is that their eligibility period is slightly wider, as any film that releases in the UK prior to the end of February are usually eligible and since studios release films internationally differently than in the US, some of these films (Les Misérables and Clemency for example were eligible for the 92nd Oscars and Rocks hasn’t even been released in the US at all) wouldn’t be eligible for the Oscars. The other thing to note is that because of the British Irish categories and the home turf advantage, some figures show up in the mainline nominations even though their Oscar chances are almost nil. This is true of About Endlessness, Rocks, and Saint Maud. What’s worse is that the blur between television and films were excepted by this group to recognize Steve McQueen’s Small Axe films even though the film specifically aired in the UK on the BBC.

Award Tallies

(8) Saint Maud
(6) Rocks
(5) Nomadland
(4) Lovers Rock, Mank, Promising Young Woman
(3) Collective, The Father, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Mangrove, The Mauritanian, Pieces of a Woman, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Awards

Best Picture

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

Best Director

David Fincher – Mank
Rose Glass – Saint Maud
Kevin Macdonald – The Mauritanian
Steve McQueen – Small Axe
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Screenplay

I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Mank
Nomadland
Saint Maud
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Foreign-Language Film

About Endlessness
Another Round
Collective
Les Misérables
Minari

Best Documentary

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

Best British / Irish Film

The Father
Lovers Rock
Mangrove
Rocks
Saint Maud

Best British / Irish Actor

Riz Ahmed – Mogul Mowgli, Sound of Metal
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, The Trial of the Chicago 7
John Boyega – Red, White and Blue
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Cosmo Jarvis – Calm With Horses, Nocturnal

Best British / Irish Actress

Bukky Bakray – Rocks
Jessie Buckley – I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Misbehaviour
Morfydd Clark – Eternal Beauty, Saint Maud
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman, The World to Come
Carey Mulligan – The Dig, Promising Young Woman

Best Young British / Irish Performer

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

Breakthrough British / Irish Filmmaker

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

British / Irish Short Film

Filipiñana – Rafael Manuel, director
Hungry Joe – Paul Holbrook & Sam Dawe, director
Lizard – Akinola Davies Jr, director
The Long Goodbye – Aneil Karia, director
The Shift – Laura Carreira, director

Technical Achievements

Animation: Soul
Animation: Wolfwalkers
Music: Lovers Rock
Film Editing: Tenet
Cinematography: Ammonite
Cinematography: Nomadland
Production Design: Production Design
Makeup and Hair: Birds of Prey
Sound Design: Sound of Metal
Casting: Rocks

The Dilys Powell Award

TBD

London Film Critics Circle Nominations Data

Year Founded: 1907
First Awards: 1980 (41)

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