'Mad Max,' '45 Years' Take Top Honors at London Critics' Circle Film Awards

10:52 AM 2/15/2016

by Alex Ritman

Brits dominated the winners list, with Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courteney, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan claiming prizes.

'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The U.K.'s film critics have spoken, naming Mad Max: Fury Road their title of 2015.

George Miller's explosive reboot of his action franchise took the top honor at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards ceremony, held in London's May Fair hotel on Sunday evening, with the filmmaker also named director of the year. Snubbed by BAFTA in its nominations list two weeks ago, Tom Hardy was named British/Irish actor of the year for his performances in Mad Max, London Road, The Revenant and Legend.

Elsewhere, it was an entirely different film that matched Mad Max for overall gongs on the night.

45 Years, Andrew Haigh's tender marital drama that first bowed almost a year ago in Berlin, was named British/Irish film of the year. Its stars, Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling, took the top acting awards (a feat they also achieved at Berlinale). Rampling is among the contenders for best actress at this year's Academy Awards.

Oscar-nominated Brits rounded out the other acting categories, too: Kate Winslet was tapped as best supporting actress for Steve Jobs, and Mark Rylance was named best supporting actor for Bridge of Spies.

Another Academy favorite, Amy, claimed the best documentary prize.

The evening also saw Judi Dench present Kenneth Branagh with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, the London Critics' Circle's annual career honor named after one of the U.K.'s foremost film critics.

  • Film of the Year

  • British/Irish Film of the Year

    Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival

    45 Years

  • Foreign-Language Film of the Year

    Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival

    The Look of Silence

  • Documentary of the Year

    AP Images

    Amy

  • Actor of the Year

    Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival

    Tom Courtenay, 45 Years

  • Actress of the Year

    Courtesy of Sundance Selects

    Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

  • Supporting Actor of the Year

    Courtesy of DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

    Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

  • Supporting Actress of the Year

    Courtesy of Universal Pictures

    Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

  • Director of the Year

    Courtesy of Warner Bros.

    George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

  • Screenwriter of the Year

    Courtesy of Participant Media

    Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

  • British/Irish Actor of the Year

    Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

    Tom Hardy, Legend, London Road, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant

  • British/Irish Actress of the Year

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn, Lost River

  • Young British/Irish Performer of the Year

    Aimee Spinks

    Maisie Williams, The Falling

  • Philip French Award for Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker

    John MacleanSlow West

  • British/Irish Short Film of the Year

    Courtesy of 2016 Oscar® Nominated Short Films/SHORTS HD

    Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary

  • Technical Achievement Award

    'Carol,' Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

    Ed Lachman, cinematography, Carol

  • Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film

    AP Images

    Kenneth Branagh

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