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The London Film Critics' Circle is the name by which the Film Section of the The Critics' Circle is known internationally.

The word London was added because it was thought the term Critics' Circle Film Awards lacked meaning — for people in LA for example — and the Film Section wished its annual Awards to be recognised on film advertising, especially in the United States, and in production notes.

The Critics' Circle, founded in 1913, is an association for working British critics. Film critics first became eligible for membership of the Circle in 1926. The Film section now has more than 120 members drawn from publications and the broadcasting media throughout the United Kingdom.

Film section members of the Critics' Circle will have worked as a critic or have written or broadcast informed analytical features or programmes about film for British publications and media for at least a year, their income mostly derived from reviewing and writing about film.

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Critics' Circle Film Awards

The Critics' Circle Film Awards, instituted in 1980 and known for several years as the ALFS, are awarded annually by the Film section of the Critics' Circle.

Voted for by all members of the Film section, the Awards have become a major event in London, presented at a dinner dance held in a large West End hotel. Since 1995 they have been a charity event in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Past winners include Meryl Streep, Peter Sellers, James Mason, Susan Sarandon, John Travolta, Sean Connery, Steven Spielberg, Billy Bob Thornton, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sean Penn, Julianne Moore, Julie Walters, Michael Caine, Emma Thompson, Kevin Spacey, Woody Allen and Paul Scofield.

Award categories

Over time the Award categories have gradually changed, some added, some dropped. For some categories this means that winners were not necessarily declared or listed in each of the Awards year.

In 2007, following widespread objection from the Irish public, Filmmakers and Actors at being nominated for 'Best British' awards it was decided in the interest of political correctness and Ireland's National integrity that Irish filmmakers, actors and all involved in the Irish Film Industry would be eligible for awards which do not have the word 'British' in the title. To that end the titles of several of the awards were amended to exclude the word 'British'.

The Attenbrough Award now goes to the best 'British' and/or 'Irish' film of the year, while the two British Supporting Actor awards lost the word 'British' from their title so that 'British' and 'Irish' actors in supporting roles are eligible.

From 2007 the Newcomer Award was divided into two Breakthrough Awards, one for Acting, the other for Filmmaking. Previously filmmakers and actors had competed against each other for the Newcomer award.

Awards

Linked to Film section listings of winners, the past and present Award categories include:

  • Film of the Year [1]
  • Foreign Language Film of the Year [2]
  • Director of the Year [3]
  • Screenwriter of the Year [4]
  • Actor of the Year [5]
  • Actress of the Year [6]
  • International Newcomer of the Year [7]
  • Special Awards [8]
  • The Attenborough Award for the Best British or Irish Film of the Year [9]
  • British Director of the Year [10]
  • British Screenwriter of the Year [11]
  • British Producer of the Year [12]
  • British Technical Achievement of the Year [13]
  • British Actor of the Year [14]
  • British Actress of the Year [15]
  • Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role [16]
  • Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role [17]
  • The Dilys Powell Award [18]
  • British Newcomer of the Year (now divided into two Breakthrough awards for Acting and Filmmaking) [19]

1986 - 1990 Winners

1986 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

William Hurt - Kiss of the Spider Woman Bob Hoskins - Mona Lisa

  • Screenwriter of the Year

Woody Allen - Hannah and Her Sisters

  • Director of the Year

Akira Kurosawa - Ran

  • Film of the Year

A Room with a View

1987 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

Sean Connery - The Untouchables Gary Oldman - Prick Up Your Ears

  • Screenwriter of the Year

Alan Bennett - Prick Up Your Ears

  • Director of the Year

Stanley Kubrick - Full Metal Jacket

  • Film of the Year

Hope and Glory

1988 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

Stephane Audran - Babette's Feast Leo McKern - Traveling North

  • Screenwriter of the Year

David Mamet - House of Games

  • Director of the Year

John Huston - The Dead

  • Film of the Year

House of Games

1989 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

Daniel Day-Lewis - My Left Foot

  • Screenwriter of the Year

Christopher Hampton - Dangerous Liaisons

  • Film of the Year

Distant Voices, Still Lives

1990 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

Philippe Noiret - Cinema Paradiso

  • Screenwriter of the Year

Woody Allen - Crimes and Misdemeanors

  • Director of the Year

Woody Allen - Crimes and Misdemeanors

  • Film of the Year

Crimes and Misdemeanors

1991-1996 Winners

1991 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

Gerard Depardieu - Cyrano de Bergerac

  • Actress of the Year

Susan Sarandon - Thelma & Louise, White Palace

  • British Actor of the Year

Alan Rickman - Close My Eyes, Truly, Madly, Deeply, Quigley Down Under, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

  • British Director of the Year

Alan Parker - The Commitments

  • British Screenwriter of the Year

Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Roddy Doyle - The Commitments

  • British Film of the Year

Life Is Sweet

  • Screenwriter of the Year

David Mamet - Homicide

  • Director of the Year

Ridley Scott - Thelma & Louise

  • Film of the Year

Thelma & Louise

1992 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

Robert Downey Jr. - Chaplin

  • Actress of the Year

Judy Davis - Husbands and Wives, Barton Fink, Naked Lunch

  • British Actor of the Year

Daniel Day-Lewis - The Last of the Mohicans

  • British Director of the Year

Neil Jordan - The Crying Game

  • British Film of the Year

Howards End

  • British Screenwriter of the Year

Neil Jordan - The Crying Game

  • Director of the Year

Robert Altman - The Player

  • Film of the Year

Unforgiven

  • Newcomer of the Year

Baz Luhrmann - Strictly Ballroom

  • Screenwriter of the Year

Michael Tolkin - The Player

1993 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

Anthony Hopkins - The Remains of the Day

  • Actress of the Year

Holly Hunter - The Piano

  • British Actor of the Year

David Thewlis - Naked

  • British Actress of the Year

Miranda Richardson - Fatale

  • British Director of the Year

Ken Loach - Raining Stones

  • British Film of the Year

The Remains of the Day

  • British Screenwriter of the Year

Roddy Doyle - The Snapper

  • Director of the Year

James Ivory - The Remains of the Day

  • Film of the Year

The Piano

  • Newcomer of the Year

Quentin Tarantino - Reservoir Dogs

  • Screenwriter of the Year

Harold Ramis, Danny Rubin - Groundhog Day

  • Special Award

Kate Maberly - The Secret Garden

1994 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

John Travolta - Pulp Fiction

  • Actress of the Year

Linda Fiorentino - The Last Seduction

  • British Actor of the Year

Ralph Fiennes - Schindler's List

  • British Actressof the Year

Crissy Rock - Ladybird, Ladybird

  • British Director of the Year

Mike Newell - Four Weddings and a Funeral

  • British Film of the Year

Four Weddings and a Funeral

  • British Producer of the Year

Duncan Kenworthy - Four Weddings and a Funeral

  • British Screenwriter of the Year

Richard Curtis - Four Weddings and a Funeral

  • Director of the Year

Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List

  • Film of the Year

Schindler's List

  • Newcomer of the Year

Jim Carrey - The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

  • Screenwriter of the Year

Quentin Tarantino - Pulp Fiction

  • Special Award

Hugh Grant - Four Weddings and a Funeral

1995 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

Johnny Depp - Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco

  • Actress of the Year

Nicole Kidman - To Die For

  • British Actor of the Year

Nigel Hawthorne - The Madness of King George

  • British Actress of the Year

Kate Winslet - Heavenly Creatures

  • British Director of the Year

Michael Radford - Il Postino

  • British Film of the Year

The Madness of King George

  • British Newcomer of the Year

Danny Boyle - Shallow Grave

  • British Screenwriter of the Year

Alan Bennett - The Madness of King George

  • Director of the Year

Peter Jackson - Heavenly Creatures

  • Film of the Year

Babe

  • Screenwriter of the Year

Paul Attanasio - Quiz Show, Disclosure

1996 Winners

  • Actor of the Year

Morgan Freeman - Seven

  • Actress of the Year

Frances McDormand - Fargo

  • British Actor of the Year

Ian McKellen - Richard III Ewan McGregor - Trainspotting, Brassed Off, Emma, The Pillow Book

  • British Actress of the Year

Brenda Blethyn - Secrets & Lies

  • British Director of the Year

Mike Leigh - Secrets & Lies

  • British Newcomer of the Year

Emily Watson - Breaking the Waves

  • British Producer of the Year

Andrew Macdonald - Trainspotting

  • British Screenwriter of the Year

Emma Thompson - Sense and Sensibility

  • Director of the Year

Joel Coen - Fargo

  • Film of the Year

Secrets & Lies

  • Screenwriter of the Year

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - Fargo

2006 Winners & Nominees

Actor of the Year

Forrest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland

Actress of the Year

Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada

Screenwriter of the Year

Peter Morgan - The Queen

Director of the Year

Paul Greengrass - United 93

Foreign Language Film of the Year

Volver

Film of the Year

United 93

British Newcomer of the Year

Andrea Arnold - Red Road

British Producer of the Year

United 93 - Paul Greengrass, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan

British Supporting Actor of the Year

Michael Caine - The Prestige

British Supporting Actress of the Year

Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada

British Actress of the Year

Helen Mirren - The Queen

British Actor of the Year

Toby Jones - Infamous

British Director of the Year

Stephen Frears - The Queen

British Film of the Year

The Queen

2007 Winners & Nominees

Actor of the Year

Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood

Actress of the Year

Marion Cotillard - La vie en Rose

Screenwriter of the Year

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck - The Lives of Others

Foreign Language Film of the Year

The Lives of Others

Film of the Year

No Country for Old Men

British Breakthrough of the Year - Filmmaking

Control - Anton Corbijn

British Supporting Actress of the Year

Vanessa Redgrave - Atonement Kelly Macdonald - No Country for Old Men

British Supporting Actor of the Year

Tom Wilkinson - Michael Clayton

British Breakthrough of the Year - Acting

Sam Riley - Control

British Actress of the Year

Julie Christie - Away from Her

British Actor of the Year

James McAvoy - Atonement

British Director of the Year

Paul Greengrass - The Bourne Ultimatum

British Film of the Year

Control

2008 Winners and Nominees

Actor of the Year

Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Actress of the Year

Kate Winslet - The Reader, Revolutionary Road

Screenwriter of the Year

Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire

Director of the Year

David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Film of the Year

The Wrestler

British Supporting Actor of the Year

Eddie Marsan - Happy-Go-Lucky

British Supporting Actress of the Year

Tilda Swinton - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

British Actor of the Year

Michael Fassbender - Hunger

British Actress of the Year

Kristin Scott Thomas - I've Loved You So Long

British Director of the Year

Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire

British Film of the Year

Slumdog Millionaire

2010 Nominees

Actor of the Year

Actress of the Year

Screenwriter of the Year

Director of the Year

Film of the Year

British Supporting Actor of the Year

British Supporting Actress of the Year

British Actor of the Year

British Actress of the Year

British Director of the Year

British Film of the Year

Awards Ceremonies

(Partial list of ceremonies):

References

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