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] The policy of including Irish candidates in certain "British" categories continues to generate controversy and ridicule.[1]

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:

Awards ceremonies[edit]

1986–1990 winners[edit]

1986 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year (TIE)
William HurtKiss of the Spider Woman
Bob HoskinsMona Lisa
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Woody AllenHannah and Her Sisters
  • Director of the Year
Akira KurosawaRan
  • Film of the Year
A Room with a View

1987 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year (TIE)
Sean ConneryThe Untouchables
Gary OldmanPrick Up Your Ears
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Alan BennettPrick Up Your Ears
  • Director of the Year
Stanley KubrickFull Metal Jacket
  • Film of the Year
Hope and Glory

1988 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year (TIE)
Stephane AudranBabette's Feast
Leo McKernTraveling North
  • Screenwriter of the Year
David MametHouse of Games
  • Director of the Year
John HustonThe Dead
  • Film of the Year
House of Games

1989 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Daniel Day-LewisMy Left Foot
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Christopher HamptonDangerous Liaisons
  • Film of the Year
Distant Voices, Still Lives

1990 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Philippe NoiretCinema Paradiso
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Woody AllenCrimes and Misdemeanors
  • Director of the Year
Woody AllenCrimes and Misdemeanors
  • Film of the Year
Crimes and Misdemeanors

1991–1996 winners[edit]

1991 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Gérard DepardieuCyrano de Bergerac
  • Actress of the Year
Susan SarandonThelma & Louise, White Palace
  • British Actor of the Year
Alan RickmanClose My Eyes, Truly, Madly, Deeply, Quigley Down Under, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • British Director of the Year
Alan ParkerThe Commitments
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Roddy DoyleThe Commitments
  • British Film of the Year
Life Is Sweet
  • Screenwriter of the Year
David MametHomicide
  • Director of the Year
Ridley ScottThelma & Louise
  • Film of the Year
Thelma & Louise

1992 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Robert Downey Jr.Chaplin
  • Actress of the Year
Judy DavisHusbands and Wives, Barton Fink, Naked Lunch
  • British Actor of the Year
Daniel Day-LewisThe Last of the Mohicans
  • British Director of the Year
Neil JordanThe Crying Game
  • British Film of the Year
Howards End
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Neil JordanThe Crying Game
  • Director of the Year
Robert AltmanThe Player
  • Film of the Year
Unforgiven
  • Newcomer of the Year
Baz LuhrmannStrictly Ballroom
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Michael TolkinThe Player

1993 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Anthony HopkinsThe Remains of the Day
  • Actress of the Year
Holly HunterThe Piano
  • British Actor of the Year
David ThewlisNaked
  • British Actress of the Year
Miranda RichardsonFatale
  • British Director of the Year
Ken LoachRaining Stones
  • British Film of the Year
The Remains of the Day
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Roddy DoyleThe Snapper
  • Director of the Year
James IvoryThe Remains of the Day
  • Film of the Year
The Piano
  • Newcomer of the Year
Quentin TarantinoReservoir Dogs
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Harold Ramis, Danny RubinGroundhog Day
  • Special Award
Kate MaberlyThe Secret Garden

1994 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
John TravoltaPulp Fiction
  • Actress of the Year
Linda FiorentinoThe Last Seduction
  • British Actor of the Year
Ralph FiennesSchindler's List
  • British Actressof the Year
Crissy RockLadybird, Ladybird
  • British Director of the Year
Mike NewellFour Weddings and a Funeral
  • British Film of the Year
Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • British Producer of the Year
Duncan KenworthyFour Weddings and a Funeral
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Richard CurtisFour Weddings and a Funeral
  • Director of the Year
Steven SpielbergSchindler's List
  • Film of the Year
Schindler's List
  • Newcomer of the Year
Jim CarreyThe Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Quentin TarantinoPulp Fiction
  • Special Award
Hugh GrantFour Weddings and a Funeral

1995 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Johnny DeppEd Wood, Don Juan DeMarco
  • Actress of the Year
Nicole KidmanTo Die For
  • British Actor of the Year
Nigel HawthorneThe Madness of King George
  • British Actress of the Year
Kate WinsletHeavenly Creatures
  • British Director of the Year
Michael RadfordIl Postino: The Postman
  • British Film of the Year
The Madness of King George
  • British Newcomer of the Year
Danny BoyleShallow Grave
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Alan BennettThe Madness of King George
  • Director of the Year
Peter JacksonHeavenly Creatures
  • Film of the Year
Babe
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Paul AttanasioQuiz Show, Disclosure

1996 winners[edit]

  • Actor of the Year
Morgan FreemanSeven
  • Actress of the Year
Frances McDormandFargo
  • British Actor of the Year
Ian McKellenRichard III
Ewan McGregorTrainspotting, Brassed Off, Emma, The Pillow Book
  • British Actress of the Year
Brenda BlethynSecrets & Lies
  • British Director of the Year
Mike LeighSecrets & Lies
  • British Newcomer of the Year
Emily WatsonBreaking the Waves
  • British Producer of the Year
Andrew MacdonaldTrainspotting
  • British Screenwriter of the Year
Emma ThompsonSense and Sensibility
  • Director of the Year
Joel CoenFargo
  • Film of the Year
Secrets & Lies
  • Screenwriter of the Year
Joel Coen and Ethan CoenFargo

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