‘The Favourite’ leads London critics’ nominations

By Ray Bennett

LONDON – Yorgos Lanthimos’s costume romp ‘The Favourite’ has picked up 10 nominations for the 39th annual London Critics’ Film Awards including best film followed by Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’, Rupert Everett’s ‘The Happy Prince’, Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ and Lynne Ramsay’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’, each with five nods. Pedro Almodovar will receive the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

‘Roma’, Debra Granik’s ‘Leave No Trace’, ‘Cold War’ and ‘You Were Never Really Here’ are the other titles up for best film. Lanthimos is nominated as best director for ‘The Favourite’ along with Cuaron, Granik, Pawlikowski and Ramsey.

Olivia Colman is nominated as best actress and Rachel Weisz as best supporting actress, both for ‘The Favourite’ (picture above). Others up for best actress are Yalitza Aparicio for ‘Roma’, Glenn Close for ‘The Wife’, Toni Collette for ‘Hereditary’ and Joanna Kulig for ‘Cold War’. Other best supporting actress nominees are Elizabeth Debicki for ‘Widows’, Cynthia Erivo for ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’, Claire Foy for ‘First Man’ and Regina King for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Best actor nods went to Christian Bale for ‘Vice’, Rupert Everett for ‘The Happy Prince’, Ben Foster for ‘Leave No Trace’, Ethan Hawke for ‘First Reformed’ and Joaquin Phoenix for ‘You Were Never Really Here’. Best supporting actor nominees are: Adam Driver for ‘BlacKkKlansman’, Richard E Grant for ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’, Michael B Jordan for ‘Black Panther’, Daniel Kaluuya for ‘Widows’ and Alessandro Nivola for ‘Disobedience’.
There is no prize for music in the awards but nominees for the Technical Achievement Award include Nicholas Britell for his music in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ and Thom Yorke for his music in ‘Suspiria’.

Awards Chair Rich Cline said, “Because our critics see almost everything that’s released, they nominated more than 180 titles in the Film of the Year category alone.” He said the list of nominees goes against expectations and is “very distinctive in the current awards season” as it includes two women for best director and performances that other groups are overlooking: “With such a wide range of titles on the ballots, getting a nomination is a real achievement.”

Winners will be announced at ceremonies on Sunday January 20, 2019, at The May Fair Hotel. Here’s the full list of nominees:
FILM OF THE YEAR
 – BlacKkKlansman, 
Cold War, 
The Favourite, First Man, 
First Reformed, 
The Happy Prince, 
Leave No Trace
, Roma, 
Shoplifters, 
You Were Never Really Here
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR – 
120 Beats per Minute, 
Cold War,  
A Fantastic Woman, 
Roma
, Shoplifters
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
 – Faces Places
, McQueen
,They Shall Not Grow Old
, Three Identical Strangers, 
Whitney
BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR: The Attenborough Award
 -Apostasy
, Beast
, The Favourite, 
The Happy Prince, 
You Were Never Really Here
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
 – Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
, Debra Granik – Leave No Trace, 
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite, 
Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War, 
Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR – 
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma, Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara – The Favourite
, Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk, 
Steve McQueen & Gillian Flynn – Widows, 
Paul Schrader – First Reformed
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR – 
Yalitza Aparicio – Roma, 
Glenn Close – The Wife, 
Toni Collette – Hereditary, 
Olivia Colman – The Favourite, 
Joanna Kulig – Cold War
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
 – Christian Bale – Vice, 
Rupert Everett – The Happy Prince, 
Ben Foster – Leave No Trace, 
Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
, Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
 – Elizabeth Debicki – Widows, 
Cynthia Erivo – Bad Times at the El Royale
, Claire Foy – First Man
, Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk, 
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
 – Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman, 
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
, Michael B Jordan – Black Panther
, Daniel Kaluuya – Widows
, Alessandro Nivola – Disobedience
BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR – 
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place, Sherlock Gnomes
; Jessie Buckley – Beast; 
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
; Claire Foy – First Man, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Unsane; 
Rachel Weisz – Disobedience, The Favourite
BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
 – Christian Bale – Mowgli, Vice; 
Steve Coogan – Holmes & Watson, Ideal Home, Stan & Ollie;
Rupert Everett – The Happy Prince
; Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms; 
Daniel Kaluuya – Black Panther, Widows
YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
 – Liv Hill – Jellyfish, The Little Stranger
; Noah Jupe – Holmes & Watson, A Quiet Place, That Good Night, The Titan; 
Anya Taylor-Joy – Glass, The Secret of Marrowbone, Thoroughbreds
; Fionn Whitehead – The Children Act; 
Molly Wright – Apostasy
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: The Philip French Award – 
Deborah Davis – The Favourite; 
Rupert Everett – The Happy Prince; 
Deborah Haywood – Pin Cushion; 
Daniel Kokotajlo – Apostasy; 
Michael Pearce – Beast
BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM
- Little Shit – Richard Gorodecky,
Night Out – Amelia Hashemi, 
Salt & Sauce – Alia Ghafar
, Three Centimetres – Lara Zeidan
, Under Growth – Evin O’Neill
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
 – American Animals – film editing, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill & Julian Hart; 
BlacKkKlansman – costume design, Marci Rodgers; 
Cold War – cinematography, Lukasz Zal; 
The Favourite – production design, Fiona Crombie; 
First Man – visual effects, Paul Lambert; 
If Beale Street Could Talk – music, Nicholas Britell
; Mission: Impossible Fallout – stunts, Wade Eastwood; 
A Quiet Place – sound design, Ethan Van der Ryn & Erik Aadahl
; Suspiria – music, Thom Yorke
; You Were Never Really Here – film editing, Joe Bini

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