'An Education' leads London critics' noms

7:19 AM PST 12/21/2009 by Stuart Kemp, AP

Seven nominations, but not for director Scherfig

LONDON -- Lone Scherfig's "An Education," starring Carey Mulligan, secured seven nominations for the 30th annual London Film Critics' Circle Awards, to be dished out in February.

There was no room for the Danish director Scherfig herself in the best director list of nominations, but her film did receive nominations in the best British film and best screenplay for Nick Hornby, as well as a brace for Mulligan, who appears on the best actress and best British actress lists.

Elsewhere, Hollywood goes head to head with Europe in the best film category as "Avatar" competes with two Cannes prizewinners, "A Prophet," directed by Jacques Audiard, and Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon."

Also vying for the best film plaudit is "The Hurt Locker" and "Up in the Air."

LFCCA organizers said Quentin Tarantino will receive the circle's highest honor, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema, at the event scheduled for Feb. 18, held in aid of the children's charity the NSPCC.

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"A Prophet" secures five nominations including best screenwriter slots for Thomas Bidegain and Audiard as best director, best actor for Tahar Rahim, best director and a tilt at foreign-language film of the year.

Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" secures the LFCC's best film of the last 30 years special prize.

London Film Critics' Circle Awards nominations follow:

Film of the year
"Avatar"
"The Hurt Locker"
"A Prophet"
"The White Ribbon"
"Up in the Air"

Attenborough Award: British film of the year
"Bright Star"
"An Education"
"Fish Tank"
"In the Loop"
"Moon"

Foreign-language film of the year
"The Class"
"Katyn"
"Let the Right One In"
"A Prophet'
"The White Ribbon"

Director of the year
Jacques Audiard, "A Prophet"
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron, "Avatar"
Michael Haneke, "The White Ribbon"
Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"

British director of the year
Andrea Arnold, "Fish Tank"
Armando Iannucci, "In the Loop"
Duncan Jones, "Moon"
Kevin Macdonald, "State of Play"
Sam Taylor-Wood, "Nowhere Boy"

Actor of the year
Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Tahar Rahim, "A Prophet"
Michael Stuhlbarg, "A Serious Man"
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

Actress of the year
Abbie Cornish, "Bright Star"
Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"
Mo'Nique, "Precious"
Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

British actor of the year
Peter Capaldi, "In the Loop"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Tom Hardy, "Bronson"
Christian MacKay, "Me and Orson Welles"
Andy Serkis, "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll"

British actress of the year
Emily Blunt, "The Young Victoria"
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
Katie Jarvis, "Fish Tank"
Kristin Scott Thomas, "Nowhere Boy"

British actor in a supporting role
Michael Fassbender, "Fish Tank"
John Hurt, "44 Inch Chest"
Jason Isaacs, "Good"
Alfred Molina, "An Education"
Timothy Spall, "The Damned United'

British actress in a supporting role
Emily Blunt, "Sunshine Cleaning"
Anne-Marie Duff, "Nowhere Boy"
Rosamund Pike, "An Education"
Kierston Wareing, "Fish Tank"
Olivia Williams, "An Education"

Screenwriter of the year
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche, "In the Loop"
Thomas Bidegain & Jacques Audiard, "A Prophet"
Joel & Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man"
Michael Haneke, "The White Ribbon"
Nick Hornby, "An Education"

NSPCC Award: Young British performer of the year
Katie Jarvis, "Fish Tank"
Aaron Johnson, "Nowhere Boy" and "Dummy"
George MacKay, "The Boys Are Back"
Bill Milner, "Is Anybody There?" and "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll"
Saoirse Ronan, "The Lovely Bones"

Breakthrough British filmmaker
Daniel Barber, "Harry Brown"
Armando Ianucci, "In the Loop"
Duncan Jones, "Moon"
Peter Strickland, "Katalin Varga"
Sam Taylor-Wood, "Nowhere Boy"

Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema
Quentin Tarantino

30th Anniversary Award: Best of our winners since 1980
1. "Apocalypse Now" Francis Ford Coppola, 1980
2. "Schindler's List," Steven Spielberg, 1994
3. "The Lives of Others, " Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2007
4. "Unforgiven," Clint Eastwood, 1992
5. "Brokeback Mountain," Ang Lee, 2005
6. "Cinema Paradiso," Giuseppe Tornatore, 1990
7. "L.A. Confidential," Curtis Hanson, 1997
8. "Fargo," Joel Coen, 1996
9. "Distant Voices, Still Lives," Terence Davies, 1989
10. "The King of Comedy," Martin Scorsese, 1983
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