Already on a nominees storm and with big wins at today’s Golden Satellite Awards, The King’s Speech dominates again—this time, with seven nominations announced today for the 31st London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. The comedy-drama Another Year ties the lead with seven nominations as well.
The historical drama depicting King George VI of Britain’s overcoming of his speech impediment and his rise to the throne garnered nominations for Film of the Year, The Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year, Tom Hooper for British Director of the Year, David Seidler for Screenplay of the Year, Helena Bonham Carter for British Actress of the Year (Carter also scored a second nomination, as British Actress in a Supporting Role for Alice in Wonderland), and two nods for Colin Firth as Actor of the Year and British Actor of the Year.
Another Year is a nominee for the Attenborough Award and director Mike Leigh is up for British Director of the Year. The majority of the film’s seven nominations is for acting: Jim Broadbent for British Actor of the Year, Lesley Manville and Ruth Sheen for British Actress of the Year, and David Bradley and Peter Wight for British Actor in a Supporting Role.
The Social Network, another critical darling, landed five nominations of its own, including Film of the Year, David Fincher for Director of the Year, Aaron Sorkin for Screenplay of the Year, and Jesse Eisenberg for Actor of the Year. Andrew Garfield took the film’s fifth nomination for British Actor in a Supporting Role, and another nod as British Actor of the Year for his role in Never Let Me Go.
Yet another critic favorite, Black Swan, earned three nominations for Film of the Year, Darren Aronofsky for Director of the Year, and Natalie Portman for Moet Actress of the Year.
My personal favorite of the year thus far, Inception, takes a measly but meaningful three nominations, for Christopher Nolan as Director of the Year and British Director of the Year and Tom Hardy for British Actor in a Supporting Role.
The London Film Critics’ Circle is made up of over 120 members of U.K. film critics, broadcasters, and writers. The winners will be announced on Feb. 10, 2011 in a ceremony at the National Film Theatre at BFI Soundbank.
Check out AwardsDaily for a full list of all the nominees.