London Critics' Circle crowns 'Queen'


LONDON -- Laurels for Stephen Frears' "The Queen"continued to mount Thursday after it was crowned with four of this year's London Film Critics' Circle awards.

The Helen Mirren starrer strolled off with British Film of the Year and British Actress of the Year for Mirren.

"The Queen" also took gongs for Frears as British Director of the Year and Peter Morgan as Screenwriter of the Year.

The awards were hosted by Mariella Frostrup and Paul Gambaccini at a ceremony held in aid of the NSPCC charity at London's Dorchester Hotel.

LFCC awards chair Marianne Gray said: "The Queen" symbolizes everything that is right with the British film industry at the moment and it is great to see that it can compete with the best that Hollywood can offer."

"United 93" clinched Film of the Year and Director of the Year for Paul Greengrass.

In the other two big awards of the evening, Forest Whitaker picked up Actor of the Year for "The Last King of Scotland" and Meryl Streep secured Actress of the Year for "The Devil Wears Prada."

Rising British star Emily Blunt won British Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role alongside Streep in "Prada" and Michael Caine took British Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role for his performance in "The Prestige."

The Dilys Powell Award for outstanding contribution to cinema was presented to veteran comic actor Leslie Phillips. His work includes the classic "Carry On" franchise and most recently "Venus".

Awards bestowed by the London Film Critics' Circle aim to recognize the best in British and international film talent and are the only film awards that raise money for charity.

Full list of winners for the 27th Awards of the London Film Critics' Circle:

British Producer of the Year: Greengrass, Levin, Bevan and Fellner ("United 93")

Screenwriter of the Year: Peter Morgan: ("The Queen")

British Newcomer of the Year: Andrea Arnold ("Red Road")

British Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role: Emily Blunt ("The Devil Wears Prada")

British Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role: Michael Caine ("The Prestige")

British Actor of the Year: Toby Jones ("Infamous")

British Director of the Year: Stephen Frears ("The Queen")

British Actress of the Year: Helen Mirren ("The Queen")

Foreign Film: "Volver"

Actress of the Year: Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada")

Actor of the Year: Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland")

Director of the Year: Paul Greengrass ("United 93")

The Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year: "The Queen"

Film of the Year: "United 93"

Dilys Powell Award: Leslie Phillips