×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Moonlight,’ ‘Love and Friendship’ Lead London Film Critics’ Circle Nominations

Both films head into the January 22 ceremony with seven nominations, while 'Toni Erdmann' scores six.

The London Film Critics’ Circle announced the nominees for their annual awards this afternoon, with two very different films leading the pack. Scoring seven nominations apiece, including citations for Film of the Year, are “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ celebrated study of repressed sexuality in the African-American community, and “Love and Friendship,” Whit Stillman’s brittle, hilarious costumer adapted from Jane Austen’s “Lady Susan.” For “Moonlight,” the nominations extend a golden run through the awards circuit thus far; for Stillman’s film, they should provide some consolation after being entirely omitted from the Golden Globes’ comedy categories last week.

Close behind, with six nominations including Film, Director, Actor and Actress of the Year, is “Toni Erdmann,” German helmer Maren Ade’s bittersweet comic study of a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship — which has topped numerous best-of-2016 critics’ polls. It is one of three foreign-language titles to land in the Film of the Year category, alongside Gianfranco Rosi’s refugee-crisis doc “Fire at Sea” and Oscar-winning Holocaust drama “Son of Saul.” Ade, meanwhile, is one of four filmmakers to land a trifecta of bids for Film, Director and Screenwriter of the Year; the others are Jenkins, Damien Chazelle for “La La Land,” Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea.” Rounding out the Film of the Year nominees are Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey,” Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” and Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals.”

Actors scoring multiple nominations, thanks to the Circle’s additional categories for British and Irish talent, are “Love and Friendship” lead Kate Beckinsale, her scene-stealing co-star Tom Bennett, “Moonlight’s” Naomie Harris and Andrew Garfield, star of “Silence” and “Hacksaw Ridge.” Beckinsale will compete for Actress of the Year against Amy Adams, Sandra Hüller, Emma Stone and Isabelle Huppert — the latter cited not for U.S. critics’ fave “Elle” (ineligible due to its late U.K. release), but the more tender post-divorce drama “Things to Come.” Garfield, meanwhile, is up for Actor of the Year alongside Casey Affleck, Adam Driver, Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Simonischek.

The winners will be announced on January 22, 2017 at the Circle’s annual awards ceremony at the May Fair Hotel in central London, set to be hosted for the second time by actor-filmmakers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Film of the Year
“American Honey”
“Fire at Sea”
“I, Daniel Blake”
“La La Land”
“Love and Friendship”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”
“Nocturnal Animals”
“Son of Saul”
Toni Erdmann

British/Irish Film of the Year
“American Honey”
“High-Rise”
“I, Daniel Blake”
“Love and Friendship”
“Sing Street”

Foreign Language Film of the Year
“Fire at Sea”
“Son of Saul”
“Things to Come”
“Toni Erdmann”
“Victoria”

Documentary of the Year
“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”
“Cameraperson”
“The Eagle Huntress”
“Fire at Sea”
“Life, Animated”

Director of the Year
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
László Nemes, “Son of Saul”
Maren Ade, “Toni Erdmann”

Screenwriter of the Year
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Whit Stillman, “Love and Friendship”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Maren Ade, “Toni Erdmann”

Actor of the Year
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Adam Driver, “Paterson”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nocturnal Animals”
Peter Simonischek, “Toni Erdmann”

Actress of the Year
Amy Adams, “Arrival”
Kate Beckinsale, “Love and Friendship”
Sandra Hüller, “Toni Erdmann”
Isabelle Huppert, “Things to Come”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Supporting Actor of the Year
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Tom Bennett, “Love and Friendship”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell and High Water”
Shia LaBeouf, “American Honey”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Supporting Actress of the Year
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Greta Gerwig, “20th Century Women”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Riley Keough, “American Honey”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

British/Irish Actor of the Year
Tom Bennett, “Love and Friendship” and “David Brent: Life on the Road”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Silence”
Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dave Johns, “I, Daniel Blake”
David Oyelowo, “A United Kingdom” and “Queen of Katwe”

British/Irish Actress of the Year
Kate Beckinsale, “Love and Friendship”
Rebecca Hall, “Christine”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight,” “Our Kind of Traitor” and “Collateral Beauty”
Ruth Negga, “Loving” and “Iona”
Hayley Squires, “I, Daniel Blake”

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker of the Year
Babak Anvari (writer-director), “Under the Shadow”
Mike Carey (writer), “The Girl With All the Gifts”
Guy Hibbert (writer), “Eye in the Sky” and “A United Kingdom”
Peter Middleton and James Spinney (writer-directors), “Notes on Blindness”
Rachel Tunnard (writer-director), “Adult Life Skills”

Young British/Irish Performer of the Year
Ruby Barnhill, “The BFG”
Lewis MacDougall, “A Monster Calls”
Sennia Nanua, “The Girl With All the Gifts”
Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Witch,” “Morgan” and “Split”
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, “Sing Street”

Technical Achievement of the Year
Robbie Ryan (cinematography), “American Honey”
(sound design), “Arrival”
Mark Tildesley (production design), “High-Rise”
Mica Levi (music), “Jackie”
(stunt coordination), “Jason Bourne”
Justin Hurwitz (music), “La La Land”
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon (editing), “Moonlight”
(visual effects),”Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
Gary Clark and John Carney (music), “Sing Street”
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (cinematography), “Victoria”

British/Irish Short Film of the Year
“Isabella,” Duncan Cowles and Ross Hogg
“Jacked,” Rene Pannevis
“Sweet Maddie Stone,” Brady Hood
“Tamara,” Sofia Safanova
“Terminal,” Natasha Waugh

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • The Jesus Rolls

    Rome Film Review: 'The Jesus Rolls'

    The Jesus lives! The oddball bowling obsessive immortalized by John Turturro in “The Big Lebowski” resurfaces two decades later in “The Jesus Rolls,” a road movie every bit as eccentric as the character he played in the 1998 cult favorite. In a way, the “Lebowski” connection does a disservice to Turturro’s film — an in-spirit [...]

  • Abominable

    Malaysia Orders Cuts to 'Abominable' Over Controversial Map Scene

    Malaysia has ordered cuts to the U.S.-Chinese animated feature “Abominable,” which includes a scene involving a map that portrays China’s contested territorial claims in the South China Sea. The map scene has already caused the film to be banned in Vietnam. The Philippines foreign minister Teodoro Locsin this week called for “Abominable” to be boycotted, [...]

  • Kung Fu Panda 3

    Universal's Beijing Resort to Partner With Alibaba on Digitization

    Amid fierce controversy about the leverage China has over U.S. entertainment firms with significant mainland operations, Universal Beijing Resort and Alibaba announced a strategic partnership Thursday to digitize the forthcoming theme park in China’s capital. Facial recognition and the use of big data will be the norm at the new resort, which will use an [...]

  • They Shall Not Grow Old restoration

    Peter Jackson Documentary 'They Shall Not Grow Old' Nabs Limited China Release

    The Peter Jackson produced and directed World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” will hit Chinese theaters on November 11. Though it will roll out nationwide, it will do so via the China’s National Arthouse Alliance, which has limited screens. The 2018 documentary puts together interviews with WWI veterans and more than 100-year-old [...]

  • Zombieland Double Tap

    'Zombieland: Double Tap' Hopes to Recapture Raunchy Zombie Magic, 10 Years Later

    Audiences may have a few questions about the sequel to 2009’s hit “Zombieland,” which opens Friday. Why did it take 10 years to make a second one, after the first grossed $102.4 million worldwide on a $23 million budget, making it the third-biggest zombie movie of all time (second-biggest if you don’t count “Hotel Transylvania,” [...]

  • AMC TheatresShop signs, Los Angeles, America

    AMC Theatres Accused of Firing VP Who Complained of Gender Pay Gap

    A former vice president at AMC Theatres filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday, accusing the company of firing her after she complained that she was paid far less than her male peers. Tonya Mangels, who was vice president of product marketing, said that in March 2018 her supervisor inadvertently sent her a spreadsheet that included [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content