Yesterday, the Critics’ Circle Film Awards were hosted in the May Fair Hotel in central London and the new Martin McDonagh film has proven again why it’s the front runner in the Oscar race. The film itself was named as Film Of The Year while Frances McDormand took the award home for Best Actress Of The Year. Director McDonagh was recognised as Best Screenwriter.
McDonagh didn’t win the award for Best Director but losing from Sean Baker (The Florida Project) is absolutely no shame. The Florida Project might not have made it onto the Oscar shortlist but it was deservedly recognized by the London critics.
While McDormand won the award for Best Actress, Timothée Chalamet took the price home for Best Actor for his great acting in Call Me By Your Name. The awards in the supporting roles went to Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) and Hugh Grant (Paddington).
There was also a lot of praise for new upcoming talent. First-time writer-director Francis Lee got the award for Breakthrough Filmmaker for his God’s Own Country while Harris Dickinson was awarded as the Young British/Irish Performer Of The Year for his gripping performance in Beach Rats. The Dilys Powell Award, the Critics’ Circle’s highest career-achievement honour, went to Kate Winslet.
This is the full list of winners: