London Film Critics' Circle

The London Film Critics' Circle is the name by which the Film Section of The Critics' Circle is known internationally.

The word London was added because it was thought the term Critics' Circle Film Awards did not convey the full context of the awards' origins; the LFCC wished its annual Awards to be recognised on film advertising, especially in the United States, and in production notes.

The Critics' Circle, founded in 1913, is an association for working British critics. Film critics first became eligible for membership of the Circle in 1926. The Film section now has more than 120 members drawn from publications and the broadcasting media throughout the United Kingdom.

Film section members of the Critics' Circle will have worked as a critic or have written or broadcast informed analytical features or programmes about film for British publications and media for at least a year, their income mostly derived from reviewing and writing about film.

Critics' Circle Film Awards

The Critics' Circle Film Awards, instituted in 1980 and known for several years as they are awarded annually by the Film section of the Critics' Circle.

Voted for by all members of the Film section, the Awards have become a major event in London, presented at a dinner dance held in a large West End hotel. Since 1995 they have been a charity event in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Award categories

Over time the Award categories have gradually changed, some added, some dropped. For some categories this means that winners were not necessarily declared or listed in each of the Awards year.

In 2007, following widespread objections from Irish actors and filmmakers at being nominated for "Best British" awards, it was decided that Irish filmmakers, actors and others involved in the film industry would be eligible for awards which do not have the word "British" in the title. To that end the titles of several of the awards were amended to exclude the word "British". The Attenborough Award now goes to the best "British" and/or "Irish" film of the year, while the two British Supporting Actor awards lost the word "British" so that actors who regard themselves as either British and Irish (or both) are eligible for the supporting acting awards. The policy of including Irish candidates in certain "British" categories continues to generate controversy and ridicule.[1]

Since 2007, the Newcomer Award was divided into two Breakthrough Awards, one for Acting, the other for Filmmaking. Previously filmmakers and actors had competed against each other for the Newcomer award.

Past and present award categories include:

Awards ceremonies

1986–1990 winners

1986 winners

William HurtKiss of the Spider Woman
Bob HoskinsMona Lisa
Woody AllenHannah and Her Sisters
Akira KurosawaRan
A Room with a View

1987 winners

Sean ConneryThe Untouchables
Gary OldmanPrick Up Your Ears
Alan BennettPrick Up Your Ears
Stanley KubrickFull Metal Jacket
Hope and Glory

1988 winners

Stephane AudranBabette's Feast
Leo McKernTraveling North
David MametHouse of Games
John HustonThe Dead
House of Games

1989 winners

Daniel Day-LewisMy Left Foot
Christopher HamptonDangerous Liaisons
Distant Voices, Still Lives

1990 winners

Philippe NoiretCinema Paradiso
Woody AllenCrimes and Misdemeanors
Woody AllenCrimes and Misdemeanors
Crimes and Misdemeanors

1991–1996 winners

1991 winners

Gérard DepardieuCyrano de Bergerac
Susan SarandonThelma & Louise, White Palace
Alan RickmanClose My Eyes, Truly, Madly, Deeply, Quigley Down Under, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Alan ParkerThe Commitments
Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Roddy DoyleThe Commitments
Life Is Sweet
David MametHomicide
Ridley ScottThelma & Louise
Thelma & Louise

1992 winners

Robert Downey Jr.Chaplin
Judy DavisHusbands and Wives, Barton Fink, Naked Lunch
Daniel Day-LewisThe Last of the Mohicans
Neil JordanThe Crying Game
Howards End
Neil JordanThe Crying Game
Robert AltmanThe Player
Baz LuhrmannStrictly Ballroom
Michael TolkinThe Player

1993 winners

Anthony HopkinsThe Remains of the Day
Holly HunterThe Piano
David ThewlisNaked
Miranda RichardsonFatale
Ken LoachRaining Stones
The Remains of the Day
Roddy DoyleThe Snapper
James IvoryThe Remains of the Day
The Piano
Quentin TarantinoReservoir Dogs
Harold Ramis, Danny RubinGroundhog Day
Kate MaberlyThe Secret Garden

1994 winners

John TravoltaPulp Fiction
Linda FiorentinoThe Last Seduction
Ralph FiennesSchindler's List
Crissy RockLadybird, Ladybird
Mike NewellFour Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Duncan KenworthyFour Weddings and a Funeral
Richard CurtisFour Weddings and a Funeral
Steven SpielbergSchindler's List
Schindler's List
Jim CarreyThe Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Quentin TarantinoPulp Fiction
Hugh GrantFour Weddings and a Funeral

1995 winners

Johnny DeppEd Wood, Don Juan DeMarco
Nicole KidmanTo Die For
Nigel HawthorneThe Madness of King George
Kate WinsletHeavenly Creatures
Michael RadfordIl Postino: The Postman
The Madness of King George
Danny BoyleShallow Grave
Alan BennettThe Madness of King George
Peter JacksonHeavenly Creatures
Paul AttanasioQuiz Show, Disclosure

1996 winners

Morgan FreemanSeven
Frances McDormandFargo
Ian McKellenRichard III
Ewan McGregorTrainspotting, Brassed Off, Emma, The Pillow Book
Brenda BlethynSecrets & Lies
Mike LeighSecrets & Lies
Emily WatsonBreaking the Waves
Andrew MacdonaldTrainspotting
Emma ThompsonSense and Sensibility
Joel CoenFargo
Secrets & Lies
Joel Coen and Ethan CoenFargo


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