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‘Carol,’ ’45 Years’ and Tom Hardy Lead London Critics’ Nominations

The London critics offer up an eclectic list, with 'The Look of Silence' and 'Amy' finding love outside the documentary field.

The London Critics’ Circle today announced the nominations for their 36th annual film awards — and while there’s a certain British accent to the roster, their choices largely confirm the critical favorites anointed by their U.S. counterparts. Todd Haynes’ “Carol” leads the field with seven nominations, including Film and Director of the Year, plus a pair of leading actress bids for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Close behind, with six nods, is another intimate two-hander: in addition to citations for veteran stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, Andrew Haigh’s homegrown “45 Years” is mentioned for Film, British/Irish Film and Director of the Year.

In an unusual occurrence, two documentaries — “Amy” and “The Look of Silence” — score Film of the Year nominations in addition to placing in the doc shortlist; they’ll also compete for British/Irish Film of the Year and Foreign Language Film of the Year, respectively. Also popping up in three categories is hard-working London native Tom Hardy, nominated for Actor of the Year for “Legend,” Supporting Actor for “The Revenant” and British/Irish Actor for his 2015 body of work — including, of course, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” “Mad Max” and “The Revenant” also turn up in the Film of the Year list, which is rounded out by “Inside Out,” “The Martian,” “Room” and “Spotlight.”

Nineteen-year-old rising star Florence Pugh — herself a nominee, to her surprise, in the Circle’s Young British/Irish Performer category for her debut turn in Carol Morley’s “The Falling” — joined the Circle to announce the nominations at London’s May Fair Hotel. The winners will be revealed on January 17 at a black-tie ceremony hosted by comic actor-filmmakers (and former Critics’ Circle award winners) Alice Lowe and Steve Oram; Kenneth Branagh, meanwhile, will accept the Circle’s Dilys Powell Award for contribution to British cinema.

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The full list of nominees below. (EDIT: the British/Irish categories have been formally renamed this year.)

Film of the Year
Amy
“Carol”
45 Years
“Inside Out”
The Look of Silence
Mad Max: Fury Road
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Spotlight”

British/Irish Film of the Year
“Amy”
“Brooklyn”
“45 Years”
“The Lobster”
“London Road”

Foreign Language Film of the Year
“Eden”
“Hard to Be a God”
“The Look of Silence”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”
“The Tribe”

Documentary of the Year
“Amy”
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”
“The Look of Silence”
“Palio”
“A Syrian Love Story”

Director of the Year
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
Andrew Haigh, “45 Years”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Ridley Scott, “The Martian”
Alejandro G. Inarritu, “The Revenant”

Actress of the Year
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Actor of the Year
Tom Courtenay, “45 Years”
Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Tom Hardy, “Legend”

Supporting Actress of the Year
Olivia Colman, “The Lobster”
Kristen Stewart, “Clouds of Sils Maria”
Tilda Swinton, “Trainwreck”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Supporting Actor of the Year
Benicio Del Toro, “Sicario”
Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
Oscar Isaac, “Ex Machina”
Michael Keaton, “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

British/Irish Actress of the Year
Emily Blunt, “Sicario”
Carey Mulligan, “Suffragette” and “Far From the Madding Crowd”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years” and “The Forbidden Room”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn” and “Lost River”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs,” “The Dressmaker” and “A Little Chaos”

British/Irish Actor of the Year
Michael Caine, “Youth” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation” and “Second Coming”
Colin Farrell, “The Lobster” and “Miss Julie”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs,” “Macbeth” and “Slow West”
Tom Hardy, “Legend,” “The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “London Road”

Screenwriter of the Year
Nick Hornby, “Brooklyn”
Phyllis Nagy, “Carol”
Emma Donoghue, “Room”
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”
Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker of the Year
Alex Garland (writer-director), “Ex Machina”
Tom Browne (writer-director), “Radiator”
Emma Donoghue (screenwriter), “Room”
Mark Burton and Richard Starzak (writer-directors), “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
John Maclean (writer-director), “Slow West”

Young British/Irish Performer of the Year
Asa Butterfield, “X + Y”
Milo Parker, “Mr. Holmes” and “Robot Overlords”
Florence Pugh, “The Falling”
Liam Walpole, “The Goob”
Maisie Williams, “The Falling”

Technical Achievement of the Year
Carter Burwell (music), “Carol”
Edward Lachman (cinematography), “Carol”
Sandy Powell (costume design), “Cinderella”
Andrew Whitehurst (visual effects), “Ex Machina”
Alastair Sirkett and Markus Stemler (sound design), “Macbeth”
Colin Gibson (production design), “Mad Max: Fury Road”
John Seale (cinematography), “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Wade Eastwood (stunt coordination), “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”
Tom Ozanich (sound design), “Sicario”
Elliott Graham (editing), “Steve Jobs”

British/Irish Short Film of the Year
“Directed by Tweedie,” Duncan Cowles
“Leidi,” Simon Mesa Soto
“Over,” Jorn Threlfall
“Rate Me,” Fyzal Boulifa
“Stutterer,” Benjamin Cleary

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