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London Film Critics Awards: Colin Firth vs. Christian Bale Mystery

London Film Critics Colin FirthLondon Film Critics' Best Actor winner – and Best British Actor loser – Colin Firth in 'The King's Speech.'

London Film Critics' Circle Awards: Best Actor Colin Firth, but Best British Actor Christian Bale?

Of late, David Fincher's The Social Network has been lagging behind Tom Hooper's The King's Speech in the U.S., where American guilds have selected the British period drama as their top choice of 2010. But in Britain, the London Film Critics' Circle has gone for Fincher's American drama, handing it four awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best British Supporting Actor (Los Angeles-born Andrew Garfield), and Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). (See further below the full list of London Film Critics Circle winners and nominees.)

The King's Speech, for its part, won three London Film Critics prizes: Best British Film, Best British Director, and Best Actor for Colin Firth. Bizarrely, Firth lost in the Best British Actor category to Christian Bale for his performance as a junkie ex-boxer in David O. Russell's The Fighter.

Now, since the London Film Critics found Christian Bale's performance better than Colin Firth's, how come he wasn't – at the very least – nominated for "overall" Best Actor as well?

Never mind. Just a rhetorical question.

Annette Bening Best Actress, Lesley Manville Best British Actress

The London Film Critics' Circle's Best Actress was Annette Bening, who plays the (needless to say, lesbian) wife of Julianne Moore and mother of Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right.

Lesley Manville was the Best British Actress for her lonely secretary in Mike Leigh's Another Year.

More London Film Critics' Circle winners

The Best British Supporting Actress was Olivia Williams as former U.K. prime minister Pierce Brosnan's wife – a role inspired by Tony Blair's wife Cherie Blair – in Roman Polanski's thriller The Ghost Writer, starring Ewan McGregor.

And finally, Neds actor Conor McCarron was the Young British Performer of the Year, while Gareth Hughes won the Breakthrough British Filmmaker Award for Monsters.

See also: London Film Critics' 2011 Nominations. London Evening Standard Award Winners: Andrew Garfield Among Unusual Choices.

London Film Critics Olivia WilliamsLondon Film Critics Best British Supporting Actress winner Olivia Williams in 'The Ghost Writer.'

2011 London Film Critics' Circle winners and nominations

FILM OF THE YEAR
Black Swan (Fox).
The Kids Are All Right (Universal).
The King's Speech (Momentum).
* The Social Network (Sony).
Toy Story 3 (Disney).

THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
127 Hours (Warner / Pathe).
The Arbor (Verve).
Another Year (Momentum).
* The King's Speech (Momentum).
Monsters (Vertigo).

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Dogtooth (Verve).
I Am Love (Metrodome).
* Of Gods and Men (Artificial Eye).
The Secret in Their Eyes (Metrodome).
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (New Wave).

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan (Fox).
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit (Paramount).
* David Fincher - The Social Network (Sony).
Christopher Nolan - Inception (Warner).
Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (New Wave).

BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Clio Barnard - The Arbor (Verve).
Danny Boyle - 127 Hours (Warner / Pathe).
* Tom Hooper - The King's Speech (Momentum).
Mike Leigh - Another Year (Momentum).
Christopher Nolan - Inception (Warner).

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Jeff Bridges - True Grit (Paramount).
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network (Sony).
* Colin Firth - The King's Speech (Momentum).
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine (Optimum).
Edgar Ramírez - Carlos (Optimum).

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
* Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right (Universal).
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone (Artificial Eye).
Natalie Portman - Black Swan (Fox).
Noomi Rapace - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Momentum).
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit (Paramount).

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Riz Ahmed - Four Lions (Optimum).
* Christian Bale - The Fighter (Paramount / Momentum).
Jim Broadbent - Another Year (Momentum).
Colin Firth - The King's Speech (Momentum).
Andrew Garfield - Never Let Me Go (Fox).

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech (Momentum).
* Lesley Manville - Another Year (Momentum).
Rosamund Pike - Barney's Version (Universal).
Ruth Sheen - Another Year (Momentum).
Tilda Swinton - I Am Love (Metrodome).

BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
David Bradley - Another Year (Momentum).
Pierce Brosnan - The Ghost Writer (Optimum).
* Andrew Garfield - The Social Network (Sony).
Tom Hardy - Inception (Warner).
Peter Wight - Another Year (Momentum).

BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Helena Bonham Carter - Alice in Wonderland (Disney).
Christine Bottomley - The Arbor (Verve).
Minnie Driver - Barney's Version (Universal).
Rosamund Pike - Made in Dagenham (Paramount).
* Olivia Williams - The Ghost Writer (Optimum).

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Jessica Barden - Tamara Drewe (Momentum).
* Conor McCarron - Neds (Entertainment One).
Will Poulter - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Fox).
Saoirse Ronan - The Way Back (Entertainment One).
Thomas Turgoose - The Scouting Book for Boys (Pathe).

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg - The Kids Are All Right (Universal).
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit (Paramount).
Chris Morris, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell & Jesse Armstrong - Four Lions (Optimum).
David Seidler - The King's Speech (Momentum).
* Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network (Sony).

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Banksy - Exit Through the Gift Shop (Revolver).
Clio Barnard - The Arbor (Verve).
J Blakeson - The Disappearance of Alice Creed (CinemaNX).
* Gareth Edwards - Monsters (Vertigo).
Chris Morris - Four Lions (Optimum).

London Film Critics' Circle website.

Colin Firth The King's Speech image: The Weinstein Company.

Olivia Williams The Ghost Writer image: Summit Entertainment.

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