Helmer-scribe Michael Haneke’s “Amour” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” lead the noms of the 33rd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards with seven each.
The noms, announced Tuesday, also saw recognition for “Skyfall,” which received five, as well as “Argo,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables” and U.K. comedy “Sightseers,” which all received four.
Palme d’Or winner “Amour” picked up nods for film of the year, foreign-language film, director, script, actor for Jean-Louis Trintignant, actress for Emmanuelle Riva and supporting actress for Isabelle Huppert. The film’s U.K. distrib, Artificial Eye, received the most distrib noms with 13.
“The Master,” handled in Blighty by Entertainment Film Distributors, joined “Amour” in film of the year, while Anderson will compete with Haneke for helmer and scripter kudos. Joaquin Phoenix picked up an actor nod, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams both receiving supporting noms. It also sees a nod for production design.
“Skyfall” received British film, British actor (Daniel Craig) and British actress (Judi Dench, a joint nom with “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), as well as supporting nods for Dench again and Javier Bardem.
Fox saw 12 noms across six titles. “Life of Pi” scored in film and director categories as well as nods for cinematography and vfx. Recognition for “Lincoln” came in the acting categories where Daniel Day-Lewis was named in both actor and British actor of the year; while Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field picked up supporting nods.
“Sightseers” was named in British film of the year, while its scripters and stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram received nods for British actor and actress, and a joint nod as breakthrough British filmmakers for their screenplay.
“Rust and Bone” star Marion Cotillard was named in the actress category, while the film also picked up foreign-language film and score recognition. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” picked up two nods including film of the year. All were handled by Studiocanal, which scored 11 noms from five titles.
“Argo” rounded out the film of the year competish, while also picking up nods for Chris Terrio’s script, William Goldenberg’s editing and Alan Arkin as supporting actor.
Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Nuri Bilge Ceylan (“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”) will take on Haneke, Anderson and Ang Lee for helmer.
Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”) and Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty”) compete against Haneke, Anderson and Terrio for scripter of the year.
Actor of the year is rounded out by Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”) and Cannes best actor winner Mads Mikkelsen (“The Hunt”).
Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) join Riva and Cotillard in actress of the year.
The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards take place Jan. 20.