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Jeremy Irvine & Donald Sutherland + Michael Fassbender & Kenneth Branagh: London Film Critics Awards

Jeremy Irvine
Jeremy Irvine

Jeremy Irvine, the star (along with the titular character) of Steven Spielberg's World War I drama War Horse, arrives at the 2012 London Film Critics Awards. Irvine was a contender for Young British Performer of the Year, along with John Boyega for Attack the Block, Yasmin Paige for Submarine, Saoirse Ronan for Hanna, and the eventual winner, Craig Roberts for Submarine.

Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist was voted Film of the Year. The silent comedy-drama also earned Jean Dujardin the Actor of the Year Award, while Hazanavicius was the Director of the Year. Tying with The Artist's three wins was Asghar Farhadi's Iranian drama A Separation, which received top honors as Foreign Language Film of the Year, Screenwriter of the Year (Farhadi), and Supporting Actress of the Year for Sareh Bayat.

Bayat was a surprise winner, beating the likes of Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus), Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), and The Help's Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

Michael Fassbender was British Actor of the Year for both Steve McQueen's Shame and David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. The widely acclaimed Olivia Colman was British Actress of the Year for Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur and Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady.

The Iron Lady, about former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, also earned Actress of the Year honors to Meryl Streep – who just a few days ago won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama. This time, however, Streep's Margaret T. had to share her citation with another Margaret, the one played by Anna Paquin in Kenneth Lonergan's well-regarded but little-seen Margaret. The Best Actress tie is a first in the London Critics Awards' twenty-year history. Previous Actress of the Year Award winners include Streep (for The Devil Wears Prada), Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Judy Davis, Susan Sarandon, Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Marion Cotillard.

Kenneth Branagh was the Supporting Actor of the Year for his performance as Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn. The film is set during the time Marilyn Monroe was in England co-starring with Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl. Actress of the Year nominee Michelle Williams plays Monroe.

And finally: Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton as the mother of a mass murderer, was voted British Film of the Year. Asif Kapadia's Senna, about Brazilian racing car driver Ayrton Senna, was the Documentary of the Year. Andrew Haigh was the Breakthrough British Filmmaker for the gay romantic drama Weekend. In the Technical Achievement category, production designer Maria Djurkovic was cited for her work on Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman.

The 83-year-old veteran filmmaker and cinematographer Nicolas Roeg (Don't Look Now, Eureka, Walkabout) was given the Dilys Powell Award.

Donald Sutherland
Dilys Powell Award presenter Donald Sutherland

The London Film Critics Awards were held this evening in, where else, London. Donald Sutherland was present to hand the Dilys Powell Award to veteran filmmaker and cinematographer Nicolas Roeg, 83, who directed Sutherland and Julie Christie in the classic 1973 psychological thriller Don't Look Now.

Among Roeg's other directorial credits are Performance (1970, with Donald Cammell), starring James Fox, Mick Jagger, and Anita Pallenberg; Walkabout (1971), with Jenny Agutter; The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), with David Bowie and Rip Torn; and Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (1981), with Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, and Harvey Keitel. For television, Roeg directed Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Harmon in a remake of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth (1989), adapted by Gavin Lambert.

Previous recipients of the Dilys Powell Award include Judi Dench, Julie Walters, Dirk Bogarde, Kristin Scott Thomas, Richard Attenborough, and Quentin Tarantino.

Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh was the London Film Critics' Supporting Actor of the Year for his performance as Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn. Co-starring Actress of the Year nominee Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne, the film is set during the time Marilyn Monroe (Williams) was in England co-starring with Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl. Also in the My Week with Marilyn cast are Judi Dench as Sybil Thorndike and Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh.

Kenneth Branagh's competition was composed of Simon Russell Beale for Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea, Albert Brooks for Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, Christopher Plummer for Mike Mills' Beginners, and Michael Smiley for Ben Wheatley's Kill List. Last Sunday, the veteran Plummer (The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would be King) was the Golden Globe winner in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

At the 2012 London Film Critics Awards, Michael Fassbender was selected as British Actor of the Year for both Steve McQueen's sex drama Shame and David Cronenberg's psychological (and sex) drama A Dangerous Method. Fassbender's competition consisted of Tom Cullen for Andrew Haigh's Weekend, Brendan Gleeson for John Michael McDonagh's The Guard, Peter Mullan for Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur and Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Fassbender was also a nominee for Actor of the Year. He lost to Jean Dujardin in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. The other contenders were Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy's Gary Oldman, plus George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Ryan Gosling for Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive. Last Sunday, Clooney won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

Jeremy Irvine, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Fassbender, and Donald Sutherland photos via the London Film Critics' Twitter page.

         
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1 Comment to Jeremy Irvine & Donald Sutherland + Michael Fassbender & Kenneth Branagh: London Film Critics Awards

  1. Susan Morton

    Ok…..He is a great actor. All this other crap… he makes for money…Sad…He reminds me of other great actors that take a job just for money. He doesn't believe going from Hamlet to Troy is a good thing. He knows it is all about money. And that it what is so sad. Sorry. Hamlett to Thorrrr………he is a phony!!!!!! Movie Celebrity.was just Woody Allen talking. He did not learn a listen from the master.