London Critics' Circle Film Awards Winners

1:01 PM 1/22/2017

by Alex Ritman and Georg Szalai

The U.K.'s leading and longest-standing film critics group handed out its awards in London on Sunday night, with Isabelle Huppert getting the best actress of the year award and a special honor.

La La Land's' Opening Number Curtain-Raiser - Publicity-H 2016
Courtesy of Dale Robinette/Lionsgate



Outside of costume design, Whit Stillman's period comedy Love & Friendship has not been considered to be among Academy Awards hopefuls, but it won a couple of the London Critics' Circle Film Awards on Sunday. But the final winner of the night was La La Land, which took home the top award for film of the year.

In the nominations, Love & Friendship and Moonlight, which also won two honors on Sunday, had tied with seven each, closely followed by Maren Ade's German comedy Toni Erdmann with six. La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, which also earned two awards, and American Honey each earned five nominations. 

The winners were be voted on by the 140 members of the film section of the Critics' Circle, the U.K.'s leading and longest-standing film critics group. The ceremony took place Sunday evening at London's May Fair Hotel. 

Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake was honored as the best British/Irish film of the year.

The top acting honors went to Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea and Isabelle Huppert won for Things to Come. Kate Beckinsale (Love & Friendship) and Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) were named the best British/Irish actress and actor of the year. Huppert also got the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

Early in the night, Kenneth Lonergan won the best screenwriter honor for Manchester by the Sea, while Naomie Harris got the best supporting actress award, and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) and Tom Bennett (Love & Friendship) tied in the best supporting actor race.

Read about all the winners here.

  • Film of the Year

    American Honey
    Fire at Sea
    I, Daniel Blake
    La La Land
    Love & Friendship
    Manchester by the Sea
    Nocturnal Animals
    Son of Saul
    Toni Erdmann

  • Foreign-Language Film of the Year

    Fire at Sea
    Son of Saul
    Things to Come

    Toni Erdmann (WINNER)

  • Documentary of the Year

    The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
    The Eagle Huntress
    Fire at Sea (WINNER)
    Life, Animated

  • British/Irish Film of the Year

    American Honey
    I, Daniel Blake (WINNER)
    Love & Friendship
    Sing Street

  • Actor of the Year

    Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (WINNER)
    Adam Driver, Paterson
    Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge (WINNER British actor of the year)
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Nocturnal Animals
    Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann

  • Actress of the Year

    Amy Adams, Arrival
    Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship (WINNER, Best British/Irish actress)
    Sandra Huller, Toni Erdmann
    Isabelle Huppert, Things to Come (WINNER)
    Emma Stone, La La Land

  • Supporting Actor of the Year

    Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (WINNER)
    Tom Bennett, Love & Friendship (WINNER)
    Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
    Shia LaBeouf, American Honey
    Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

    The two winners tied for the honor.

  • Supporting Actress of the Year

    Viola Davis, Fences
    Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
    Naomie Harris, Moonlight (WINNER)
    Riley Keough, American Honey
    Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

  • Director of the Year

    Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann
    Damien Chazelle, La La Land
    Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
    Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
    Laszlo Nemes, Son of Saul (WINNER)


  • Screenwriter of the Year

    Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann
    Damien Chazelle, La La Land
    Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
    Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea (WINNER)
    Whit Stillman, Love & Friendship