'The King's Speech,' 'Another Year' Lead Nominations at London Critics' Circle Film Awards

"The King's Speech"
"The King's Speech"
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British films The King's Speech and Another Year lead the London Critics' Circle Awards nominations, with seven apiece.

Speech continues its awards season dominance, snagging noms in the top categories, including film of the year, actor of the year and actress of the year. Mike Leigh's Year also received top honors, including the British director, British actress and British actor categories.

The Social Network, currently on a hot streak, is next in line with five noms, including film of the year, actor of the year, British actor in a supporting role, screenwriter and director. (Network co-star Andrew Garfield also scored a separate nomination for his work in Never Let Me Go.) The Arbor, the debut British feature from Clio Barnard, was nominated for four awards, along with True Grit.

Awards contenders Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right each have three noms. Toy Story 3 will face tough competition in the top film category, going up against Swan, Kids, Speech and Network. All five nominees are expected to fill half of Oscar's best picture slots.

Last year's best actor winner Colin Firth finds himself nominated in two categories for his portrayal of King George VI in Speech. In the actor of the year category, he will compete against Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Edgar Ramirez (Carlos). While Gosling received recognition, Valentine co-star Michelle Williams was shut out.

Newcomers Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) will compete against The Kids Are All Right's Annette Bening and Black Swan's Natalie Portman in the top actress category.

This year, 197 films received votes from members. The London Film Critics' Circle is made up of more than 120 members of U.K. film critics, broadcasters and writers.

The Dilys Powell award for Excellence in Cinema will be announced in January, and will be presented at the ceremony.

The Critics' Circle Film Awards will take place at BFI Southbank where the winners will be announced at the National Film Theatre on Feb. 10, 2011.

Here is the full list of nominees:

SKY 3D AWARD: FILM OF THE YEAR
Black Swan (Fox)
The Kids Are All Right (Universal)
The King's Speech (Momentum)
The Social Network (Sony)
Toy Story 3 (Disney)

THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
127 Hours (Warner/Pathe)
The Arbor (Verve)
Another Year (Momentum)
The King's Speech (Momentum)
Monsters (Vertigo)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Dogtooth (Verve)
I Am Love (Metrodome)
Of Gods and Men (Artificial Eye)
The Secret in Their Eyes (Metrodome)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (New Wave)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR sponsored by Narrabeen Communications
Jeff Bridges - True Grit (Paramount)
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network (Sony)
Colin Firth - The King's Speech (Momentum)
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine (Optimum)
Edgar Ramirez - Carlos (Optimum)

MOËT ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right (Universal)
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone (Artificial Eye)
Natalie Portman - Black Swan (Fox)
Noomi Rapace - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Momentum)
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit (Paramount)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR in association with Cameo Productions
Riz Ahmed - Four Lions (Optimum)
Christian Bale - The Fighter (Paramount/Momentum)
Jim Broadbent - Another Year (Momentum)
Colin Firth - The King's Speech (Momentum)
Andrew Garfield - Never Let Me Go (Fox)

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech (Momentum)
Lesley Manville - Another Year (Momentum)
Rosamund Pike - Barney's Version (Universal)
Ruth Sheen - Another Year (Momentum)
Tilda Swinton - I Am Love (Metrodome)

BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
David Bradley - Another Year (Momentum)
Pierce Brosnan - The Ghost (Optimum)
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network (Sony)
Tom Hardy - Inception (Warner)
Peter Wight - Another Year (Momentum)

BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Helena Bonham Carter - Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
Christine Bottomley - The Arbor (Verve)
Minnie Driver - Barney's Version (Universal)
Rosamund Pike - Made in Dagenham (Paramount)
Olivia Williams - The Ghost Writer (Optimum)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Jessica Barden - Tamara Drewe (Momentum)
Conor McCarron - NEDs (Entertainment One)
Will Poulter - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Fox)
Saoirse Ronan - The Way Back (Entertainment One)
Thomas Turgoose - The Scouting Book for Boys (Pathe)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan (Fox)
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit (Paramount)
David Fincher - The Social Network (Sony)
Christopher Nolan - Inception (Warner)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (New Wave)

BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Clio Barnard - The Arbor (Verve)
Danny Boyle - 127 Hours (Warner/Pathe)
Tom Hooper - The King's Speech (Momentum)
Mike Leigh - Another Year (Momentum)
Christopher Nolan - Inception (Warner)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg - The Kids Are All Right (Universal)
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit (Paramount)
Chris Morris, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell & Jesse Armstrong - Four Lions (Optimum)
David Seidler - The King's Speech (Momentum)
Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network (Sony)

Virgin Atlantic BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Banksy - Exit Through the Gift Shop (Revolver)
Clio Barnard - The Arbor (Verve)
J Blakeson - The Disappearance of Alice Creed (CinemaNX)
Gareth Edwards - Monsters (Vertigo)
Chris Morris - Four Lions (Optimum)

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