An Analysis of the 35th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Nominations

By Marie delos Santos | 2 years ago

The London Film Critics’ Circle has released its list of nominees for the 35th annual film awards ceremony. Read on for more details.

It seems like biopics are becoming more and more popular in the movie industry, and Mike Leigh's execution of the life of Mr. Turner in the film proves just how these kinds of films are being welcomed, as Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” leads the flock with seven nominations, including Best Film of the Year and British Film of the Year. “Mr. Turner” is a historical biopic about one of the greatest British artists in history, JMW Turner. The movie will compete for the Best Film of the Year category alongside “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Ida,” “Leviathan,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Under the Skin” and “Whiplash.” 


It's no surprise how "Mr. Turner" got nominated for Best Film of the Year if it did not have a talented actor to perfectly and flawlessly execute the personality of the main character in the film. Mr. Turner might be painting beautiful portraits, yet his personality isn't quite as pleasing. Timothy Spall, who wonderfully played Mr. Turner in the movie, earned a nomination for Best Actor of the Year. Spall will compete for the award against Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game,” Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler,” Michael Keaton in “Birdman” and Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything.” Spall was also nominated for British Actor of the Year.

Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s “Birdman” follows the lead with six nominations, including Best Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year.  The film tells the story of a former actor attempting to make a Broadway comeback. Edward Norton scored a nomination for Best Supporting Actor of the Year, while Emma Stone earned a spot for Best Supporting Actress of the Year. The film was also nominated in the Golden Globe Awards.

The Stephen Hawking drama, “The Theory of Everything,” received five nominations along with “The Imitation Game,” “Boyhood,” “Under the Skin” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” "The Imitation Game's" number of nominations was quite a surprise for many because it was one of the films most buzzed about, especially with Cumberbatch in the cast.

It's actually very interesting to see Julianne Moore compete against herself as she has earned two nominations as Best Actress of the Year category for her roles in two completely different movies, “Still Alice” and “Maps to the Stars.” The former is more dramatic, while the latter is more of a dark comedy. Moore plays the role of a woman who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the peak of her career in “Still Alice.”

“Under the Skin” star Scarlet Johansson will compete for the Actress of the Year title alongside Moore’s double nominations, Essie Davis in “The Babadook” and Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night.”

The nominations were announced by Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox on Dec. 16, 2014 at London’s May Fair Hotel.

The black-tie ceremony will be held on Jan. 18, 2015 at The May Fair Hotel. The event will be hosted by Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.

The complete list of nominations can be viewed on the Critics’ Circle’s website.

That’s it for the news on the London Critics’ Film Awards Nominations. Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates.


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