Frears pic grabs seven nominations

LONDON — Hometown favorites “United 93″ and “The Queen” are vying with “The Departed,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Volver” for the film of the year award from the London Film Critics Circle.

“The Queen” led the nominations with seven, followed by “The Last King of Scotland” with five.

But the London critics spread their kudos far and wide. As well as nominating several of this year’s Oscar front runners, they also bestowed multiple nods on dark horses such as “The Prestige” (four) and “Children of Men” (three), and on low-budget Brit pics including “Red Road” (four), “London to Brighton” (three) and “Pierrepoint” (three).

They even found time for some of last year’s Oscar contenders, such as “Capote” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” which qualified because their U.K. release fell in 2006.

Judi Dench (“Notes on a Scandal”) and Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) were both nominated twice, for British actress and actress.

The award ceremony takes place on Feb. 8.

British producer

Paul Greengrass, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, “United 93″
Al Clark, Ken Marshall, Rachel Robey, Paul Andrew Williams, “London to Brighton”
Lisa Bryer, Andrea Calderwood, Charles Steel, “The Last King of Scotland”
Rebecca O’Brien, “The Wind that Shakes the Bar-ley”
Graham King, “The Departed”

British newcomer
Andrea Arnold, writer/director, “Red Road”
Paul Andrew Williams, writer/director/producer, “London to Brighton”
Jodie Whittaker, actress, “Venus”
Clare-Hope Ashitey, actress, “Children of Men”
Rebecca Hall, actress, “The Prestige”

British actress in support

Emily Blunt, “The Devil Wears Prada”
Emma Thompson, “Stranger than Fiction”
Juliet Stevenson, “Pierrepoint”
Emily Watson, “The Proposition”
Helen McCrory, “The Queen”

British actor in support
Eddie Marsan, “Pierrepoint”
Michael Caine, “The Prestige”
Bill Nighy, “Notes on a Scandal”
Leslie Phillips, “Venus”
Dominic Cooper, “The History Boys”

British actress
Judi Dench, “Notes on a Scandal”
Helen Mirren, “The Queen”
Kate Winslet, “Little Children”
Loraine Stanley, “London to Brighton”
Kate Dickie, “Red Road”

British actor
Sacha Baron Cohen, “Borat”
Toby Jones, “Infamous”
Timothy Spall, “Pierrepoint”
James McAvoy, “The Last King of Scot-land”
Christian Bale, “The Prestige”

British director
Andrea Arnold, “Red Road”
Stephen Frears, “The Queen”
Christopher Nolan, “The Prestige”
Kevin Macdonald, “The Last King of Scotland”
Ken Loach, “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”

Actress
Helen Mirren, “The Queen”
Penelope Cruz, “Volver”
Judi Dench, “Notes on a Scandal”
Meryl Streep, “The Devil Wears Prada”
Joan Allen, “The Upside of Anger”

Actor
Jeff Daniels, “The Squid and the Whale”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Ca-pote”
Richard Griffiths, “The History Boys”
David Strathairn, “Good Night, and Good Luck”
Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”

Screenwriter
Peter Morgan, “The Queen”
Noah Baumbach, “The Squid and the Whale”
Guillermo del Toro, “Pan’s Labyrinth”
Dan Futterman, “Capote”
Michael Arndt, “Little Miss Sunshine”

Director
Guillermo del Toro, “Pan’s Labyrinth”
Pedro Almodovar, “Volver”
Paul Greengrass, “United 93″
Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Children of Men”

British Film (the Attenborough Award)
“Children of Men”
“The Queen”
“Red Road”
“The Last King of Scotland”
“The Wind that Shakes the Barley”

Film of the Year
“The Departed”
“Little Miss Sun-shine”
“Volver”
“United 93″
“The Queen”

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