Neither film nabs best picture nomination

LONDON — The London Critics Circle has handed out eight nominations apiece to two British movies, “Control” and “Atonement,” although neither are in the running for best film.

The contenders for film of the year are “No Country for Old Men,” which has four nominations, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (two), “There Will Be Blood” (four), “Zodiac” (two) and “The Bourne Ultimatum” (two).

The helmers of three of these movies — the Coen brothers (“No Country for Old Men”), Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood”) and David Fincher (“Zodiac”) — are also in the running for director of the year, against Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck for “The Lives of Others,” which won this year’s Oscar for foreign language film, and Cristian Mungui for Cannes winner “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days.”

“Control” and “Atonement” have to make do with nominations for British film of the year, along with John Carney’s “Once” (actually Irish), David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises” and Shane Meadows’ “This Is England.”

The London Critics Circle hands out prizes in 14 categories, and has spread this year’s nominations thinly around 36 movies, of which 23 receive just a single nod apiece.

The fact that eight of the prizes are reserved for films or talent classed as “British” means that the weight of nominations is loaded toward local pics. However, very few British films or actors have managed to break into the other six “open” categories.

One Brit, Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”), is nominated for actor, against Ulrich Muhe (“The Lives of Others”), Casey Affleck (“The Assassination of Jesse James”), George Clooney (“Michael Clayton”) and Tommy Lee Jones (“In the Valley of Elah”).

Best actress is between Laura Linney (“The Savages”), Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en rose”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Sherrybaby”), Angelina Jolie (“A Mighty Heart”) and Anamaria Marinca (“4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days”).

Anton Corbijn, the Dutch helmer of “Control,” is incongruously nominated for British director of the year, alongside Joe Wright for “Atonement,” Paul Greengrass for “Bourne Ultimatum,” Meadows for “This Is England” and Danny Boyle for “Sunshine.”

“Control” also picked up nods for British actor of the year (Sam Riley), British actress of the year (Samantha Morton), British actor in a supporting role (Toby Kebell), British acting breakthrough (Riley again) and British filmmaking breakthrough (Corbijn and writer Matt Greenhalgh).

“Atonement” is nominated for British actor (James McAvoy), British actress (Keira Knightley), British supporting actress (Saoirse Ronan, who’s Irish, and Vanessa Redgrave), screenwriter (Christopher Hampton) and British acting breakthrough (Ronan again).

The award ceremony takes place Feb. 8, two days before the British Academy Film Awards, at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS:

FILM OF THE YEAR
“No Country for Old Men”
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
“There Will Be Blood”
“Zodiac”
“The Bourne Ultimatum”

ATTENBOROUGH AWARD FOR BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
“Once”
“Control”
“Atonement”
“Eastern Promises”
“This Is England”

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck — “The Lives of Others”
Paul Thomas Anderson — “There Will Be Blood”
Joel and Ethan Coen — “No Country for Old Men”
David Fincher — “Zodiac”
Cristian Mungui — “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days”

BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Anton Corbijn — “Control”
Paul Greengrass — “The Bourne Ultimatum”
Shane Meadows — “This Is England”
Joe Wright — “Atonement”
Danny Boyle — “Sunshine”

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Ulrich Muhe — “The Lives of Others”
Casey Affleck — “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
George Clooney — “Michael Clayton”
Tommy Lee Jones — “In the Valley of Elah”
Daniel Day Lewis — “There Will Be Blood”

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Laura Linney — “The Savages”
Marion Cotillard — “La Vie en rose”
Maggie Gyllenhaal — “Sherry Baby”
Angelina Jolie — “A Mighty Heart”
Anamaria Marinca — “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days”

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Sam Riley — “Control”
James McAvoy — “Atonement”
Christian Bale — “3:10 to Yuma”
Jim Broadbent — “And When Did You Last See Your Father”
Jonny Lee Miller — “The Flying Scotsman”

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Samantha Morton — “Control”
Julie Christie — “Away From Her”
Keira Knightley — “Atonement”
Helena Bonham Carter — “Sweeney Todd”
Sienna Miller — “Interview”

BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Tom Wilkinson — “Michael Clayton”
Toby Jones — “The Painted Veil”
Alfred Molina — “The Hoax”
Tobey Kebell — “Control”
Albert Finney — “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”

BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Saoirse Ronan — “Atonement”
Imelda Staunton — “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
Tilda Swinton — “Michael Clayton”
Kelly Macdonald — “No Country for Old Men”
Vanessa Redgrave — “Atonement”

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck — “The Lives of Others”
Joel and Ethan Coen — “No Country for Old Men”
Paul Thomas Anderson — “There Will Be Blood”
Ronald Harwood — “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
Christopher Hampton — “Atonement”

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH — ACTING
Saoirse Ronan — “Atonement”
Sam Riley — “Control”
Thomas Turgoose — “This Is England”
Benedict Cumberbatch — “Amazing Grace”
Dakota Blue Richards — “The Golden Compass”

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH — FILMMAKING
John Carney, writer and director — “Once”
Sarah Gavron, director — “Brick Lane”
Anton Corbijn, director — “Control
Matt Greenhalgh, writer — “Control
Stevan Riley, writer, director, producer — “Blue Blood”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
“4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days”
“The Lives of Others
“Letters From Iwo Jima”
“Tell No One”

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