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‘Barbie,’ ‘Oppenheimer’ Shut Out as ‘The Zone of Interest,’ ‘All of Us Strangers’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Awards

Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest” and Andrew Haigh’s “All of Us Strangers” led the 44th annual London Critics’ Circle Awards with three wins apiece.

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” and Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie,” which had seven and five nominations respectively, left the ceremony empty handed, as did Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” that had four nominations.

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German-language film “The Zone of Interest” was named film of the year and also won the direction prize and the technical achievement award for its music and sound. “All of Us Strangers” won the Attenborough Award for British/Irish film of the year, with Andrew Scott named actor of the year and co-star Paul Mescal winning British/Irish performer for his body of work in 2023.

Actress of the year was won by Emma Stone for “Poor Things.” Supporting performance awards went to Da’Vine Joy Randolph for “The Holdovers” and Charles Melton for “May December.” All three accepted their awards on videotape.

Justine Triet and Arthur Harari received the screenwriter award for “Anatomy of a Fall” in person as did director Mstyslav Chernov the documentary of the year prize for “20 Days in Mariupol.” Also present was Jeffrey Wright who received the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film, presented to him by “American Fiction” director Cord Jefferson.

Mia McKenna-Bruce received the London Critics’ Circle’s first international breakthrough performance award for “How to Have Sex,” and the film’s writer-director Molly Manning Walker won the Philip French Award for British/Irish breakthrough filmmaker.

Misan Harriman, Oscar-nominated this year for his short “The After,” presented the inaugural Derek Malcolm Award for innovation to Colman Domingo, who had received the award in a videotaped ceremony two days earlier in London.

Celine Song’s “Past Lives” was named foreign-language film of the year. Miyazaki Hayao’s “The Boy and the Heron” won the new animated film award.

The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards are voted by the 210-member film section of the Critics’ Circle, the U.K.’s longest-standing critics’ organization. The May Fair Hotel, part of Edwardian Hotels London, is the main sponsor of the event.

LONDON CRITICS’ CIRCLE 2023 WINNERS

FILM OF THE YEAR sponsored by Nyman Libson Paul
“The Zone of Interest”

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
“Past Lives”

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
“20 Days in Mariupol”

ANIMATED FILM OF THE YEAR
“The Boy and the Heron”

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR sponsored by Reddit
Jonathan Glazer – “The Zone of Interest”

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Justine Triet and Arthur Harari – “Anatomy of a Fall”

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emma Stone – “Poor Things”

ACTOR OF THE YEAR sponsored by Cinemadix
Andrew Scott – “All of Us Strangers”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR sponsored by Don Julio 1942
Da’Vine Joy Randolph – “The Holdovers”

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Charles Melton – “May December”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR sponsored by MetFilm
Mia McKenna-Bruce – “How to Have Sex”

THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR
“All of Us Strangers”

THE PHILIP FRENCH AWARD: BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER
Molly Manning Walker – “How to Have Sex”

BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR (for body of work) sponsored by Seesaw Media
Paul Mescal – “All of Us Strangers,” “God’s Creatures,” “Foe,” “Carmen”

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Lola Campbell – “Scrapper”

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR
“The Veiled City” – Natalie Cubides-Brady, director

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
“The Zone of Interest” – music and sound, Mica Levi and Johnnie Burn

THE DILYS POWELL AWARD: EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Jeffrey Wright

THE DEREK MALCOLM AWARD FOR INNOVATION
Colman Domingo


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