The 43rd annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards was a well-attended affair that crowned the provocative culture-war drama “Tár” as the Film of the Year on Sunday.
“Tár” won three major awards, with Todd Field named Director of the Year and Cate Blanchett Actress of the Year. Blanchett is no stranger to this award, having won it previously in 1998 for “Elizabeth” and in 2013 for “Blue Jasmine”.
Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” won five prizes, including The Attenborough Award for British/Irish Film of the Year, Screenwriter of the Year, Actor of the Year for Colin Farrell, and Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress for Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon respectively.
Florence Pugh and Bill Nighy were named British/Irish Actress and Actor respectively for their body of work in 2022. Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio reunited at the event, having played father and daughter in “Aftersun.” Corio won the Young British/Irish Performer award for her role, while Mescal was on hand to accept writer-director Charlotte Wells’ Philip French Award for Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker.
Michelle Yeoh was honored with The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film and was presented the award by Danny Boyle at the end of the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Colm Bairéad’s drama “The Quiet Girl” and Park Chan-wook’s noir thriller “Decision to Leave” tied for Foreign-Language Film of the Year. Laura Poitras’ pointed Nan Goldin film “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” was named Documentary of the Year.
The Technical Achievement Award went to Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio” for animation, and British/Irish Short Film of the Year was Keeran Anwar Blessie’s “A Fox in the Night”.
The awards are given by the 200-member film section of the Critics’ Circle, the U.K.’s longest-standing critics’ organization. The May Fair Hotel was the main sponsor of the event for the 13th year running, and awards sponsors included The House of Koko, MetFilm and Nyman Libson Paul. New sponsors this year included Wild Idol, Gattertop Drinks Co, Black Crowned Gin, Wahooti, Excel Executive and JWP.tv, which livestreamed the ceremony on the Critics’ Circle YouTube channel.
LONDON CRITICS’ CIRCLE 2023 WINNERS
FILM OF THE YEAR
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR (tie)
“Decision to Leave”
“The Quiet Girl” (“An Cailín Ciúin”)
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”
The Attenborough Award:
BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR
“The Banshees of Inisherin”
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR sponsored by The House of Koko
Todd Field – “Tár”
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Martin McDonagh – “The Banshees of Inisherin”
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR sponsored by Nyman Libson Paul
Cate Blanchett – “Tár”
ACTOR OF THE YEAR sponsored by The House of Koko
Colin Farrell – “The Banshees of Inisherin”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Kerry Condon – “The Banshees of Inisherin”
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Barry Keoghan – “The Banshees of Inisherin”
BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR for body of work
Florence Pugh – “Don’t Worry Darling,” “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” “The Wonder”
BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR for body of work
Bill Nighy – “Living”
The Philip French Award:
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER sponsored by MetFilm
Charlotte Wells – “Aftersun”
YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER
Frankie Corio – “Aftersun”
BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR
“A Fox in the Night” – dir. Keeran Anwar Blessie
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” – Guillermo del Toro and Brian Leif Hansen, animation
DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM
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