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'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' 'Drive' Lead London Critics’ Circle Nominations

Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer from "The Help" will go head-to-head in the supporting actress of the year category.

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LONDON – This year’s London Critics’ Circle nomination list is a tale of two Scandis with Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn leading the charge with six shots at glory apiece.

This year’s nominations also put Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer from The Help head-to-head in the supporting actress of the year category, both up against Sareh Bayat (A Separation), Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) in the battle to win the trophy.

Alfredson and Refn, both Scandinavian, find their films vying for the London Critics’ Circle’s top accolade, film of the year.

But both Drive and Tinker Tailor find themselves in heady competition with The Tree of Life, The Artist and Iranian drama A Separation also tilting at the top prize.

Alfredson misses out on a berth in the director of the year category with Refn going up against Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin), Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) and Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) for the nod.

Voted for by over 120 U.K. film critics, broadcasters and writers, this year’s actor of the year will be one from George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Ryan Gosling (Drive) and Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

Kirsten Dunst(Melancholia), Anna Paquin (Margaret), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) all take nomination slots for actress of the year.

The Critics’ choice of supporting actor will be from Simon Russell Beale (The Deep Blue Sea), Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn), Albert Brooks (Drive), Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Michael Smiley (Kill List).

The 32nd London Critics' Circle Film Awards will be dished out its annual awards at a ceremony on January 19 at BFI Southbank.

This year’s nods will be in aid of its charity partner, the British Film Institute, to help with the preservation and restoration of British film, in particular Hitchcock's nine silent features, as part of the BFI's landmark 'Rescue the Hitchcock 9’ campaign.

The 32nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations:

FILM OF THE YEAR

The Artist

Drive

A Separation

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Tree of Life

 

The Attenborough Award:

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR

The Guard

Kill List

Shame

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need to Talk About Kevin

 

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

Mysteries of Lisbon

Poetry

Le Quattro Volte

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

 

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Dreams of a Life

Pina

Project Nim

Senna

 

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Asghar Farhadi- A Separation

Michel Hazanavicius- The Artist

Terrence Malick- The Tree of Life

Lynne Ramsay- We Need to Talk About Kevin

Nicolas Winding Refn- Drive

 

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR

Asghar Farhadi- A Separation

Michel Hazanavicius- The Artist

Kenneth Lonergan- Margaret

Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash- The Descendants

 

The Virgin Atlantic Award:

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER

Richard Ayoade- Submarine

PaddyConsidine - Tyrannosaur

JoeCornish - Attack the Block

AndrewHaigh - Weekend

JohnMichael McDonagh - The Guard

 

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

George Clooney- The Descendants

JeanDujardin - The Artist

MichaelFassbender - Shame

RyanGosling - Drive

GaryOldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

KirstenDunst - Melancholia

Anna Paquin- Margaret

Meryl Streep- The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton- We Need to Talk About Kevin

Michelle Williams- My Week With Marilyn

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Simon Russell Beale- The Deep Blue Sea

Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn

Albert Brooks- Drive

Christopher PlummerBeginners

Michael Smiley- Kill List

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Sareh Bayat- A Separation

Jessica Chastain- The Help

Vanessa Redgrave- Coriolanus

Octavia Spencer- The Help

Jacki Weaver- Animal Kingdom

 

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Tom Cullen- Weekend

MichaelFassbender - A Dangerous Method, Shame

BrendanGleeson - The Guard

PeterMullanTyrannosaur, War Horse

GaryOldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

The Moët & Chandon Award:

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

OliviaColman - The Iron Lady, Tyrannosaur

Carey Mulligan- Drive, Shame

Vanessa Redgrave- Anonymous, Coriolanus

Tilda Swinton- We Need to Talk About Kevin

Rachel Weisz- The Deep Blue Sea

 

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

John Boyega- Attack the Block

Jeremy Irvine- War Horse

Yasmin Paige- Submarine

Craig Roberts- Submarine

Saoirse Ronan- Hanna

 

The Sky 3D Award:

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

ManuelAlberto Claro, cinematography – Melancholia

PaulDavies, sound design - We Need to Talk About Kevin

MariaDjurkovic, production design - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

DanteFerretti, production design - Hugo

AlbertoIglesias, original score - The Skin I Live In

ChrisKing & Gregers Sall, editing - Senna

JoeLetteri, visual effects - Rise of the Planet of the Apes

CliffMartinez, original score - Drive

RobertRichardson, cinematography - Hugo

RobbieRyan, cinematography - Wuthering Heights

 

The Dilys Powell Award:

EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Nicolas Roeg