'The Master' And 'Amour' Lead London Critics' Circle Awards' Nominations Pack

'The Master' And 'Amour' Lead London Critics' Circle Awards' Nominations Pack

LONDON – Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Michael Haneke's Amour lead the field of nominations for the annual London Critics' Circle awards with seven apiece.

Anderson and Haneke find themselves going head-to-head in the best director, best film and best screenwriter categories.

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The Master also picked up nomination berths in the best actor and best supporting actor categories for Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman respectively while Amy Adams is in the running in the best supporting actress section for her turn in the film.

Haneke's Palme d'Or winner Amour, recently crowned best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics, is also up for the best foreign film award while Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva are nominated for best actor and best actress respectively.

The film's Isabelle Huppert finds herself in the best supporting actress race.

And it's another first for Skyfall, the box office record-breaking James Bond outing starring Daniel Craig as 007 for the third time in his career.

The movie now becomes the most fêted Bond film at the London Critics’ Circle Awards.

The movie leads the British field with five nominations including for British film, British actor of the year for Craig, and best a supporting actor slot for Javier Bardem.

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Judi Dench is nominated in two categories both for supporting actress and British actress of the year, the latter of which is shared between her role in Bond and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Should The Master or Amour fail to take the best film nod, it will be either Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Life of Pi that will walk away with the prize.

Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon A Time In Anatolia) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi) will contest in the best director category against Haneke and Anderson.

Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) and Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) will battle it out with Phoenix (The Master) and Trintignant (Amour) for the actor of the year nod.

And Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) will take on Riva (Amour) to win the actress of the year crown.

Alan Arkin (Argo), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) and Bardem (Skyfall) all find themselves in the running for best supporting actor.

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The best supporting actress nod will go to one from Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) or Adams (The Master), Dench (Skyfall) and Huppert (Amour).

Alongside Craig (Skyfall) and Day-Lewis (Lincoln) in the British actor of the year category is Charlie Creed-Miles (Wild Bill), Toby Jones (Berberian Sound Studio) and Steve Oram (Sightseers).

And should Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Skyfall) fail to secure the actress of the year award, it will have gone to one from Emily Blunt (Looper and Your Sister's Sister), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) or Andrea Riseborough (Shadow Dancer).

The London Film Critics' Circle comprises over 120 members of U.K. film critics, broadcasters and writers, who this year voted for more than 200 titles on their nominations ballots.

The Circle's chairman Jason Solomons said the selections indicate "how the London critics view all films from around the world on a level footing -- brilliance is the only benchmark."

The 33rd annual edition London Critics' Circle Film Awards will be dished out Sunday Jan. 20th at the May Fair Hotel in central London.

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The nominations in full:

The Sky Movies Award: FILM OF THE YEAR

Amour(Artificial Eye)
Argo (Warners)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (StudioCanal)
Life of Pi (Fox)
The Master (Entertainment)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Amour (Artificial Eye)
Holy Motors (Artificial Eye)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)
Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)
Tabu (New Wave)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)
London: The Modern Babylon (BFI)
Nostalgia for the Light (New Wave)
The Queen of Versailles (Dogwoof)
Searching for Sugar Man (StudioCanal)

The May Fair Hotel Award: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
Berberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)
The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)
Les Miserables (Universal)
Sightseers (StudioCanal)
Skyfall (Sony)

The Spotlight Award: ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Daniel Day-Lewis
Lincoln (Fox)
Hugh JackmanLes Miserables (Universal)
Mads MikkelsenThe Hunt (Arrow)
Joaquin PhoenixThe Master (Entertainment)
Jean-Louis TrintignantAmour (Artificial Eye)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Jessica
Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)
Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)
Helen Hunt - The Sessions (Fox)
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook (Entertainment)
Emmanuelle RivaAmour (Artificial Eye)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Alan
ArkinArgo (Warners)
Javier BardemSkyfall (Sony)
Michael FassbenderPrometheus (Fox)
Philip Seymour HoffmanThe Master (Entertainment)
Tommy Lee JonesLincoln (Fox)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Amy Adams
The Master (Entertainment)
Judi DenchSkyfall (Sony)
Sally FieldLincoln (Fox)
Anne HathawayLes Miserables (Universal)
Isabelle HuppertAmour (Artificial Eye)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR – In association with Cameo Productions
Daniel Craig
Skyfall (Sony)
Charlie Creed-Miles - Wild Bill (The Works/Universal)
Daniel Day-LewisLincoln (Fox)
Toby JonesBerberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)
Steve OramSightseers (StudioCanal)

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emily Blunt
Looper (eOne) and Your Sister's Sister (StudioCanal)
Judi DenchThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox) and Skyfall (Sony)
Alice LoweSightseers (StudioCanal)
Helen MirrenHitchcock (Fox)
Andrea RiseboroughShadow Dancer (Paramount)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Samantha Barks
Les Miserables (Universal)
Fady ElsayedMy Brother the Devil (Verve)
Tom HollandThe Impossible (eOne)
Will PoulterWild Bill (The Works/Universal)
Jack ReynorWhat Richard Did (Artificial Eye)

The American Airlines Award: DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Paul Thomas Anderson
The Master (Entertainment)
Kathryn BigelowZero Dark Thirty (Universal)
Nuri Bilge CeylanOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)
Michael HanekeAmour (Artificial Eye)
Ang LeeLife of Pi (Fox)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Paul Thomas Anderson
The Master (Entertainment)
Mark BoalZero Dark Thirty (Universal)
Michael HanekeAmour (Artificial Eye)
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained (Sony)
Chris TerrioArgo (Warners)

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
Ben Drew
, writer/director – Ill Manors (Revolver)
Sally El Hosaini, writer/director – My Brother the Devil (Verve)
Dexter Fletcher, co-writer/director – Wild Bill (The Works/Universal)
Bart Layton, writer/director – The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)
Alice Lowe & Steve Oram, writers – Sightseers (StudioCanal)

The Sky 3D Award: TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Anna KareninaJacqueline Durran, costumes (Universal)
ArgoWilliam Goldenberg, film editing (Warners)
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Ben Richardson, cinematography (StudioCanal)
Berberian Sound StudioJoakim Sundstrom & Stevie Haywood, sound design (Artificial Eye)
Holy MotorsBernard Floch, makeup (Artificial Eye)
Life of PiClaudio Miranda, cinematography (Fox)
Life of PiBill Westenhofer, visual effects (Fox)
The MasterJack Fisk & David Crank, production design (Entertainment)
My Brother the DevilDavid Raedeker, cinematography  (Verve)
Rust and BoneAlexandre Desplat, music (StudioCanal)

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM: Sponsored by PREMIER
Helena Bonham Carter