'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' Anna Paquin: London Film Critics Nominations

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn, Laurence Olivier
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

So, does A Separation's Sareh Bayat have a chance at a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination?

If only a nomination for the London Film Critics' Circle Awards had that sort of influence. Were that so, Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive and Tomas Alfredson's spy drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, each nominated for six London Critics awards, would surely be shortlisted for the Best Picture Academy Award. (See further below the full list of London Film Critics' 2011 Nominations.)

Gary Oldman would also then be a front-runner for the Best Actor Oscar. “I am proud of my work in this film, and so very proud of the film,” Oldman said after learning of his London Critics' nod. “The London Critics' Circle has reaffirmed that we have made a film that remains genuine, first rate 'cinema.' Indeed, it is gratifying to be among the representatives of the best of British, and it always will be.”

Others representing “the best of British” are We Need to Talk About Kevin's Lynne Ramsay and Tilda Swinton, My Week with Marilyn's Kenneth Branagh (as Laurence Olivier), and Coriolanus' Vanessa Redgrave.

Drive and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are vying for Film of the Year, along with Asghar Farhadi's Berlin Film Festival winner A Separation; Terrence Malick's Cannes Film Festival The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain (a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tate Taylor's The Help); and Michel Hazanavicius' French-made (nearly) silent film The Artist, which is also up for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is also listed among the contenders for British Film of the Year, while A Separation is one of the five nominees for Foreign-Language Film of the Year.

The acting categories feature mostly names also found in US-based critics' lists, e.g., Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Michelle Williams, Michael Fassbender, but there are several exceptions as well. In addition to Sareh Bayat, other “unusual” names found on the London Critics' shortlists are Best Actress nominees Anna Paquin for Margaret and Cannes winner Kirsten Dunst for Lars von Trier's apocalyptic family drama Melancholia, and Best Supporting Actor nominees Simon Russell Beale for The Deep Blue Sea and Michael Smiley for Kill List. Another curiosity: Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver, nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar earlier this year, is one of the London Critics' contenders.

The London Film Critics' Circle awards will be held on Thursday, January 19, at BFI Southbank in London.

Gary Oldman quote via The Guardian.

Kenneth Branagh/My Week with Marilyn photo: Laurence Cendrowicz / The Weinstein Company

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy movie
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Film of the year
The Artist (Entertainment)
Drive (Icon)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
The Tree of Life (Fox)

The Attenborough award for British film of the year
The Guard (StudioCanal)
Kill List (StudioCanal)
Shame (Momentum)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)

Foreign-language film of the year
Mysteries of Lisbon (New Wave)
Poetry (Arrow)
Le Quattro Volte (New Wave)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé)

Documentary of the year
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Picturehouse)
Dreams of a Life (Dogwoof)
Pina (Artificial Eye)
Project Nim (Icon)
Senna (Universal)

Director of the year
Asghar Farhadi - A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist (Entertainment)
Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life (Fox)
Lynne Ramsay - We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive (Icon)

Screenwriter of the year
Asghar Farhadi - A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist (Entertainment)
Kenneth Lonergan - Margaret (Fox)
Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash - The Descendants (Fox)

The Virgin Atlantic award for breakthrough British filmmaker
Richard Ayoade - Submarine (StudioCanal)
Paddy Considine - Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)
Joe Cornish - Attack the Block (StudioCanal)
Andrew Haigh - Weekend (Peccadillo)
John Michael McDonagh - The Guard (StudioCanal)

Actor of the year
George Clooney - The Descendants (Fox)
Jean Dujardin - The Artist (Entertainment)
Michael Fassbender - Shame (Momentum)
Ryan Gosling - Drive (Icon)
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

Actress of the year
Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia (Artificial Eye)
Anna Paquin - Margaret (Fox)
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé)
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn (Entertainment)

Supporting actor of the year
Simon Russell Beale - The Deep Blue Sea (Artificial Eye)
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn (Entertainment)
Albert Brooks - Drive (Icon)
Christopher Plummer - Beginners (Universal)
Michael Smiley - Kill List (StudioCanal)

Supporting actress of the year
Sareh Bayat - A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Jessica Chastain - The Help (Disney)
Vanessa Redgrave - Coriolanus (Lionsgate)
Octavia Spencer - The Help (Disney)
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom (StudioCanal)

British actor of the year
Tom Cullen - Weekend (Peccadillo)
Michael Fassbender - A Dangerous Method (Lionsgate), Shame (Momentum)
Brendan Gleeson - The Guard (StudioCanal)
Peter Mullan - Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal), War Horse (Disney)
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

The Moët & Chandon award for British actress of the year
Olivia Colman - The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé), Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)
Carey Mulligan - Drive (Icon), Shame (Momentum)
Vanessa Redgrave - Anonymous (Sony), Coriolanus (Lionsgate)
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Rachel Weisz - The Deep Blue Sea (Artificial Eye)

Young British performer of the year
John Boyega - Attack the Block (StudioCanal)
Jeremy Irvine - War Horse (Disney)
Yasmin Paige - Submarine (StudioCanal)
Craig Roberts - Submarine (StudioCanal)
Saoirse Ronan - Hanna (Universal)

The Sky 3D award for technical achievement
Manuel Alberto Claro, cinematography - Melancholia (Artificial Eye)
Paul Davies, sound design - We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Maria Djurkovic, production design - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
Dante Ferretti, production design - Hugo (Entertainment)
Alberto Iglesias, original score - The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé)
Chris King and Gregers Sall, editing - Senna (Universal)
Joe Letteri, visual effects - Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Fox)
Cliff Martinez, original score - Drive (Icon)
Robert Richardson, cinematography - Hugo (Entertainment)
Robbie Ryan, cinematography - Wuthering Heights (Artificial Eye)

The Dilys Powell award for excellence in film
Nicolas Roeg

Gary Oldman/Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy photo: Focus Features

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