London Film Critics' Circle

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The London Film Critics' Circle is the name by which the Film Section of the Critics' Circle is known internationally.

The word London was added because it was thought the term Critics' Circle Film Awards did not convey the full context of the awards' origins; the LFCC wished its annual Awards to be recognised on film advertising, especially in the United States, and in production notes.

The Critics' Circle, founded in 1913, is an association for working British critics. Film critics first became eligible for membership of the Circle in 1926. The Film section now has more than 120 members drawn from publications and the broadcasting media throughout the United Kingdom.

Film section members of the Critics' Circle will have worked as a critic or have written or broadcast informed analytical features or programmes about film for British publications and media for at least a year, their income mostly derived from reviewing and writing about film.

Critics' Circle Film Awards[edit]

The Critics' Circle Film Awards, instituted in 1980 and known for several years as they are awarded annually by the Film section of the Critics' Circle.

Voted for by all members of the Film section, the Awards have become a major event in London, presented at a dinner dance held in a large West End hotel. Since 1995 they have been a charity event in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Award categories[edit]

Over time the Award categories have gradually changed, some added, some dropped. For some categories this means that winners were not necessarily declared or listed in each of the Awards year.

In 2007, following widespread objections from Irish actors and filmmakers at being nominated for "Best British" awards, it was decided that Irish filmmakers, actors and others involved in the film industry would be eligible for awards which do not have the word "British" in the title. To that end the titles of several of the awards were amended to exclude the word "British". The Attenborough Award now goes to the best "British" and/or "Irish" film of the year, while the two British Supporting Actor awards lost the word "British" so that actors who regard themselves as either British and Irish (or both) are eligible for the supporting acting awards.[citation needed] Since 2007, the Newcomer Award was divided into two Breakthrough Awards, one for Acting, the other for Filmmaking. Previously filmmakers and actors had competed against each other for the Newcomer award.[citation needed]

Past and present award categories include:

  • Film of the Year [1]
  • Foreign Language Film of the Year [2]
  • Director of the Year [3]
  • Screenwriter of the Year [4]
  • Actor of the Year [5]
  • Actress of the Year [6]
  • International Newcomer of the Year [7]
  • The Attenborough Award for the Best British or Irish Film of the Year [8]
  • British Director of the Year [9]
  • British Screenwriter of the Year [10]
  • British Producer of the Year [11]
  • British Technical Achievement of the Year [12]
  • British Actor of the Year [13]
  • British Actress of the Year [14]
  • Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role [15]
  • Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role [16]
  • The Dilys Powell Award [17]
  • British Newcomer of the Year (now divided into two Breakthrough awards for Acting and Filmmaking) [18]

Awards ceremonies[edit]

1986–1990 winners[edit]

1986 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year (tie)
William Hurt - Kiss of the Spider Woman
Bob Hoskins - Mona Lisa
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Woody Allen - Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Director of the Year
Akira Kurosawa - Ran
  • Film of the Year
A Room with a View

1987 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year (tie)
Sean Connery - The Untouchables
Gary Oldman - Prick Up Your Ears
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Alan Bennett - Prick Up Your Ears
  • Director of the Year
Stanley Kubrick - Full Metal Jacket
  • Film of the Year
Hope and Glory

1988 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year (tie)
Stephane Audran - Babette's Feast
Leo McKern - Traveling North
  • Screenwriter of the Year
David Mamet - House of Games
  • Director of the Year
John Huston - The Dead
  • Film of the Year
House of Games

1989 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Daniel Day-Lewis - My Left Foot
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Christopher Hampton - Dangerous Liaisons
  • Film of the Year
Distant Voices, Still Lives

1990 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Philippe Noiret - Cinema Paradiso
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Woody Allen - Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Director of the Year
Woody Allen - Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Film of the Year
Crimes and Misdemeanors

1991–1996 winners[edit]

1991 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Gérard Depardieu - Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Actress of the Year
Susan Sarandon - Thelma & Louise, White Palace
  • British Actor of the Year
Alan Rickman - Close My Eyes, Truly, Madly, Deeply, Quigley Down Under, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • British Director of the Year
Alan Parker - The Commitments
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Roddy Doyle - The Commitments
  • British Film of the Year
Life Is Sweet
  • Screenwriter of the Year
David Mamet - Homicide
  • Director of the Year
Ridley Scott - Thelma & Louise
  • Film of the Year
Thelma & Louise

1992 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Robert Downey Jr. - Chaplin
  • Actress of the Year
Judy Davis - Husbands and Wives, Barton Fink, Naked Lunch
  • British Actor of the Year
Daniel Day-Lewis - The Last of the Mohicans
  • British Director of the Year
Neil Jordan - The Crying Game
  • British Film of the Year
Howards End
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Neil Jordan - The Crying Game
  • Director of the Year
Robert Altman - The Player
  • Film of the Year
Unforgiven
  • Newcomer of the Year
Baz Luhrmann - Strictly Ballroom
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Michael Tolkin - The Player

1993 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Anthony Hopkins - The Remains of the Day
  • Actress of the Year
Holly Hunter - The Piano
  • British Actor of the Year
David Thewlis - Naked
  • British Actress of the Year
Miranda Richardson - Fatale
  • British Director of the Year
Ken Loach - Raining Stones
  • British Film of the Year
The Remains of the Day
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Roddy Doyle - The Snapper
  • Director of the Year
James Ivory - The Remains of the Day
  • Film of the Year
The Piano
  • Newcomer of the Year
Quentin Tarantino - Reservoir Dogs
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Harold Ramis, Danny Rubin - Groundhog Day
  • Special Award
Kate Maberly - The Secret Garden

1994 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
John Travolta - Pulp Fiction
  • Actress of the Year
Linda Fiorentino - The Last Seduction
  • British Actor of the Year
Ralph Fiennes - Schindler's List
  • British Actressof the Year
Crissy Rock - Ladybird, Ladybird
  • British Director of the Year
Mike Newell - Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • British Film of the Year
Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • British Producer of the Year
Duncan Kenworthy - Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Richard Curtis - Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Director of the Year
Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List
  • Film of the Year
Schindler's List
  • Newcomer of the Year
Jim Carrey - The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Quentin Tarantino - Pulp Fiction
  • Special Award
Hugh Grant - Four Weddings and a Funeral

1995 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Johnny Depp - Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco
  • Actress of the Year
Nicole Kidman - To Die For
  • British Actor of the Year
Nigel Hawthorne - The Madness of King George
  • British Actress of the Year
Kate Winslet - Heavenly Creatures
  • British Director of the Year
Michael Radford - Il Postino
  • British Film of the Year
The Madness of King George
  • British Newcomer of the Year
Danny Boyle - Shallow Grave
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Alan Bennett - The Madness of King George
  • Director of the Year
Peter Jackson - Heavenly Creatures
  • Film of the Year
Babe
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Paul Attanasio - Quiz Show, Disclosure

1996 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Morgan Freeman - Seven
  • Actress of the Year
Frances McDormand - Fargo
  • British Actor of the Year
Ian McKellen - Richard III
Ewan McGregor - Trainspotting, Brassed Off, Emma, The Pillow Book
  • British Actress of the Year
Brenda Blethyn - Secrets & Lies
  • British Director of the Year
Mike Leigh - Secrets & Lies
  • British Newcomer of the Year
Emily Watson - Breaking the Waves
  • British Producer of the Year
Andrew Macdonald - Trainspotting
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Emma Thompson - Sense and Sensibility
  • Director of the Year
Joel Coen - Fargo
  • Film of the Year
Secrets & Lies
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - Fargo

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