'Saint Maud' Leads London Critics' Circle Film Awards Nominations

Saint Maud
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'Saint Maud'

'Rocks' and 'Nomadland' are also top of the pile of nominees for the 41st awards, due to be presented virtually on Feb 7.

Psychological horror Saint Maud leads the nominees for the 2021 London Critics' Circle Film Awards, announced Tuesday by Darci Shaw and Henry Lloyd-Hughes.

The debut feature from Rose Glass, which was released in the U.K. last year to widespread acclaim but has been pushed back several times by A24 in U.S. due to the pandemic, landed eight nominations, including film, director, screenwriter, actress (Morfydd Clark) and supporting actress (Jennifer Ehle).

Saint Maud — which is becoming something of a darling of U.K. awards, having amassed a record 17 British Independent Film Award nominations in December —  is also shortlisted for British/Irish film of the year, with Clark nominated for British/Irish Actress, a body-of-work award that includes her appearance in Eternal Beauty.

Further down, Sarah Gavron's celebrated London coming-of-age drama Rocks earned six nominations, Chloe Zhao's Oscar-tipped American road movie Nomadland landed five and Emerald Fennell's blackly comical thriller Promising Young Woman has four. Also with four nominations is David Fincher's Hollywood biopic Mank and Steve McQueen's house party drama Lovers Rock, while McQueen is up for director of the year for his five Small Axe films.

Due to the pandemic, more films released directly to streaming services were made eligible, and the qualifying release dates were extended into March, so long as films had been screened in 2020 to critics or at festivals.

"This additional eligibility has put an extra strain on our members this year, watching more films than usual," says Rich Cline, chair of the Critics' Circle Film Section. "And indeed we named 224 features across our ballots, out of which 49 were nominated. As always, there are some surprises that make our shortlists stand out, even in this year's rather unusual awards season. And it's great to see such a range of talent recognized, spread across genders, ethnicities and production budgets."

The 41st London Critics' Circle Film Awards will be presented virtually on Feb. 7, with organizers hoping to hold a physical event later in the year at London's May Fair Hotel.

Here is the full list of nominations for the 2021 London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Film of the year

About Endlessness
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Lovers Rock
The Mauritanian
Promising Young Woman
Saint Maud

Foreign-language film of the year

About Endlessness
Another Round
Les Misérables

Documentary of the year

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
Dick Johnson Is Dead
The Truffle Hunters

British/Irish film of the year

The Father
Lovers Rock
Saint Maud

Director of the year

David Fincher - Mank
Rose Glass - Saint Maud
Kevin Macdonald - The Mauritanian
Steve McQueen - Small Axe
Chloé Zhao - Nomadland

Screenwriter of the year

Jack Fincher - Mank
Rose Glass - Saint Maud
Charlie Kaufman - I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Aaron Sorkin - The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloé Zhao - Nomadland

Actress of the year

Morfydd Clark - Saint Maud
Viola Davis - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby - Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand - Nomadland
Carey Mulligan - Promising Young Woman

Actor of the year

Riz Ahmed - Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins - The Father
Delroy Lindo - Da 5 Bloods
Tahar Rahim - The Mauritanian

Supporting actress of the year

Maria Bakalova - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Ellen Burstyn - Pieces of a Woman
Essie Davis - Babyteeth
Jennifer Ehle - Saint Maud
Amanda Seyfried - Mank

Supporting actor of the year

Sacha Baron Cohen - The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chadwick Boseman - Da 5 Bloods
Aldis Hodge - Clemency
Ben Mendelsohn - Babyteeth
Shaun Parkes - Mangrove

British/Irish actress of the year (for body of work)

Bukky Bakray - Rocks
Jessie Buckley - I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Misbehaviour
Morfydd Clark - Eternal Beauty, Saint Maud
Vanessa Kirby - Pieces of a Woman, The World to Come
Carey Mulligan - The Dig, Promising Young Woman

British/Irish actor of the year (for body of work)

Riz Ahmed - Mogul Mowgli, Sound of Metal
Sacha Baron Cohen - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, The Trial of the Chicago 7
John Boyega - Red, White and Blue
Anthony Hopkins - The Father
Cosmo Jarvis - Calm With Horses, Nocturnal

Breakthrough British/Irish filmmaker

Henry Blake - County Lines
Fyzal Boulifa - Lynn + Lucy
Emerald Fennell - Promising Young Woman
Rose Glass - Saint Maud
Remi Weekes - His House

Young British/Irish performer

Kosar Ali - Rocks
Bukky Bakray - Rocks
Millie Bobby Brown - Enola Holmes
Conrad Khan - County Lines
Molly Windsor - Make Up

British/Irish short film

Filipiñana - Rafael Manuel, director
Hungry Joe - Paul Holbrook, director
Lizard - Akinola Davies Jr, director
The Long Goodbye - Aneil Karia, director
The Shift - Laura Carreira, director

Technical achievement

Ammonite - Stéphane Fontaine, cinematography
Birds of Prey - Deborah Lamia Denaver & Adruitha Lee, makeup & hair
Lovers Rock - Mica Levi, music
Mank - Donald Graham Burt, production design
Nomadland - Joshua James Richards, cinematography
Rocks - Lucy Pardee, casting
Soul - Pete Docter, animation
Sound of Metal - Nicolas Becker, sound design
Tenet - Jennifer Lame, film editing
WolfWalkers - Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart, animation