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‘Zone of Interest’ Wins Best Film at London Critics’ Circle Awards, Emma Stone Named Best Actress

Jonathan Glazer’s German-language drama The Zone of Interest claimed the top honor, film of the year, at the 44th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday, along with the best director and a technical award. Emma Stone was honored as actress of the year for her work in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things.

Meanwhile, All of Us Strangers star Andrew Scott picked up the actor of the year award, with the Andrew Haigh drama overall claiming three nods, just like The Zone of Interest. The London critics also named Da’Vine Joy Randolph supporting actress of the year for her role in The Holdovers and May December‘s Charles Melton supporting actor of the year. Stone, Randolph and Melton accepted their awards via video messages.

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Among the other winners of the night were Paul Mescal, honored as British/Irish performer for his body of work in 2023, and Mia McKenna-Bruce who received the critics group’s first international breakthrough performance award for How to Have Sex. Meanwhile, Celine Song‘s Past Lives was honored as the foreign-language film of the year, while Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron won the new animated film award.

Jeffrey Wright and Colman Domingo received special honors at the star-studded ceremony at the May
Fair Hotel in London. Wright took the stage to receive the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, presented to him by American Fiction director Cord Jefferson. And Misan Harriman, Oscar-nominated this year for his short The After, presented the inaugural Derek Malcolm Award for Innovation to Domingo, who had received the honor in a small videotaped ceremony in London two days earlier.

The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards were voted on by the 210-member film section of the Critics’ Circle, which describes itself as “the U.K.’s longest-standing and most prestigious critics’
organization.” Films were automatically eligible if they were released in U.K. cinemas or on
“premiere” streaming services between mid-February 2023 and mid-February 2024.

Check out the full list of 2024 winners below.

FILM OF THE YEAR
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
Jonathan Glazer – The Zone of Interest

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Justine Triet & Arthur Harari – Anatomy of a Fall

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emma Stone – Poor Things

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Andrew Scott – All of Us Strangers

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Charles Melton – May December

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
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)
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 & sound, Mica Levi & Johnnie Burn

THE DILYS POWELL AWARD: EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Jeffrey Wright

THE DEREK MALCOLM AWARD FOR INNOVATION
Colman Domingo

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