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‘Pride’ of crix kudos

Wright pic tops London Critics Circle Awards

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LONDON — “Pride & Prejudice” led the way in the race for the London Critics Circle Awards on Wednesday with eight noms, all in the British pic and talent categories.

Pic scored heavily in the thesp stakes, with nods for Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Rosamund Pike, Brenda Blethyn and Tom Hollander.

Helmer Joe Wright picked up noms for British newcomer and British director.

U.K. indie pic “The Constant Gardener” harvested a bumper crop of seven noms, challenging for pic, helmer (Fernando Meirelles) and scripter (Jeffrey Caine), and was joined in these categories by U.S. indies “Crash” (helmer Paul Haggis) and “Brokeback Mountain” (helmed by Ang Lee).

Helmer David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence” and Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” also collected noms for pic and helmer.

Although big-budget studio pics were largely ignored, “Kong” also garnered a nom for actress Naomi Watts.

Indie Brit pics “Separate Lies” and “Mrs. Henderson Presents” fared well, picking up four noms apiece.

“Batman Begins” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” took two noms each.

Among foreign-language pics, Germany’s “Downfall” scored noms for actor and script while France’s “Hidden” took an actress nom.

UIP, which released “The Constant Gardener” and “Pride & Prejudice” in the U.K., heads the Blighty distrib chart with 20 noms, followed by Pathe with 14 and Entertainment with 13.

Kudofest will be held Feb. 9 at London’s Dorchester Hotel.


(Distribs listed are for the U.K. theatrical market)

“Crash” (Pathe)
“A History of Violence” (Entertainment)
“Brokeback Mountain” (Entertainment)
“King Kong” (UIP)
“The Constant Gardener” (UIP)

Fernando Meirelles (“The Constant Gardener” — UIP)
Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain” — Entertainment)
Paul Haggis (“Crash” — Pathe)
Peter Jackson (“King Kong” — UIP)
David Cronenberg (“A History of Violence” — Entertainment)

Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana (“Brokeback Mountain” — Entertainment)
Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (“Crash” — Pathe)
Jeffrey Caine (“The Constant Gardener” — UIP)
Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” — Warner Bros.)
Bernd Eichinger (“Downfall” — Momentum Pictures)

Juliette Binoche (“Cache” (Hidden) — Artificial Eye)
Naomi Watts (“King Kong” — UIP)
Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace” — Icon)
Laura Linney (“Kinsey” — 20th Century Fox)
Maria Bello (“A History of Violence” — Entertainment)

Bruno Ganz (“Downfall” — Momentum Pictures)
Heath Ledger (“Brokeback Mountain” — Entertainment)
Don Cheadle (“Hotel Rwanda” — Entertainment); (“Crash” — Pathe)
Viggo Mortensen (“A History of Violence” — Entertainment)
Johnny Depp (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — Warner Bros)

Foreign film
“Downfall” (Momentum Pictures)
“Cache” (Hidden) (Artificial Eye)
“The Sea Inside” (Entertainment)
“The Beat My Heart Skipped” (Artificial Eye)
“The Chorus” (Pathe)

Attenborough award for British film
“Pride & Prejudice” (UIP)
“Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (UIP)
“The Constant Gardener” (UIP)
“The Descent” (Pathe)
“Mrs. Henderson Presents” (Pathe)

British producer
Peter Lord (“Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” — UIP)
Simon Channing Williams (“The Constant Gardener” — UIP)
Andrew Eaton and Michael Winterbottom (“A Cock and Bull Story” — Redbus)
Christian Colson (“The Descent” — Pathe); (“Separate Lies” — 20th Century Fox)
Mark Boothe and Ruth Caleb (“Bullet Boy” — Verve Pictures)

British director
Joe Wright (“Pride & Prejudice” — UIP)
Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda” — Entertainment)
Neil Marshall (“The Descent” — Pathe)
Christopher Nolan (“Batman Begins” — Warner Bros)
Stephen Frears (“Mrs. Henderson Presents” — Pathe)

British actor
Ralph Fiennes (“The Constant Gardener” — UIP)
Christian Bale (“The Machinist” — Tartan Films)
Liam Neeson (“Kinsey” — 20th Century Fox)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Kinky Boots” — Buena Vista)
Tom Wilkinson (“Separate Lies” — 20th Century Fox)

British actress
Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener” — UIP)
Judi Dench (“Mrs. Henderson Presents” — Pathe)
Keira Knightley (“Pride & Prejudice” — UIP)
Emily Watson (“Separate Lies” — 20th Century Fox)
Kristin Scott Thomas (“Keeping Mum” — Entertainment)

British actress in supporting role
Thandie Newton (“Crash” — Pathe)
Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda” — Entertainment)
Tilda Swinton (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” — Buena Vista)
Rosamund Pike (“Pride & Prejudice” — UIP)
Brenda Blethyn (“Pride & Prejudice” — UIP)

British actor in supporting role
Brendan Gleeson (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” — Warner Bros)
James McAvoy (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” — Buena Vista)
Paddy Considine (“Cinderella Man” — Buena Vista)
Tom Hollander (“Pride & Prejudice” — UIP)
Cillian Murphy (“Batman Begins” — Warner Bros)

British newcomer
Joe Wright (director, “Pride & Prejudice” — UIP)
Kelly Reilly (actress, “Mrs. Henderson Presents” — Pathe)
Annie Griffin (writer-director, “Festival” — Pathe)
Julian Fellows (director, “Separate Lies” — 20th Century Fox)
Matthew Macfadyen (“Pride & Prejudice” — UIP)

Noms by U.K. distrib
UIP 20
Pathe 14
Entertainment 13
20th Century Fox 6
Warner Bros 5
Buena Vista 4
Artificial Eye 3
Momentum Pictures 3
Icon 1
Redbus 1
Tartan Films 1
Verve Pictures 1

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