We arrived at the 32nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards buzzing with excitement and dressed for the occasion. We suffered along the way though; high heels, blisters, standing in the freezing cold and make-up explosions (clearly it started out well for us). We weren’t sure what to expect, but when we walked into the Riverfront Restaurant, after braving the red carpet and screaming fans, we were welcomed by a glass of champagne.
The sight of the actors, directors and creators of the nominated films on the red carpet was the most pleasant view we could ask for. Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Carey Mulligan, Michael Fassbender, Craig Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Yasmin Paige, Olivia Colman, Kenneth Branagh and John Boyega attended. It wasn’t too long until we were ushered into the NFT1 for the awards. Bumping straight into Michael Fassbender on the way was not my (Roxy) most elegant entrance ever, I have to admit, but it was amusing. The awards went smoothly with few surprise wins (A Separation winning 3 for example) and the introduction to the awards by Jason Solomons was entertaining. Maggie’s jaw dropped when Donald Sutherland, her childhood hero, walked on stage to introduce Nicholas Roeg.
After the awards we were spoilt with the high-life of the after party, champagne and delicious food provided throughout the evening. Maggie seemed to protect the table with the cookies a bit too much. What was the most fun of the evening though was the conversations we had with the actors present (Olivia Colman, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige and Darragh Mortell to name a few). Their kindness was heart-warming.
The highlight of the evening though, without a doubt, was the 30 minute conversation with ‘The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius about the strengths of his film and about his future projects (I -Roxy- also showed off with my extensive knowledge on Charlie Chaplin -some would call it obsession but Michel agreed with my opinions). The French word spill we greeted Jean Dujardin with was the most hilarious; he looked at us like we were just released from the asylum. We only meant well, talking through a translator isn’t the best means of conversation after all. Overall the evening was one of the best experiences we’ve had with film events.
Reviewed by Roxy Simons and Maggie Gogler.
Pictures © Holy Moly (www.holymoly.com)
THE WINNERS IN FULL:
FILM OF THE YEAR
The Artist (Entertainment)
The Attenborough Award
BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (Entertainment)
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Asghar Farhadi – A Separation (Artificial Eye)
The Virgin Atlantic Award:
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
Andrew Haigh – Weekend (Peccadillo)
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Jean Dujardin – The Artist (Entertainment)
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR (TIE)
Anna Paquin – Margaret (Fox) and Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé)
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn (Entertainment)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Sareh Bayat – A Separation (Artificial Eye)
BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Michael Fassbender – A Dangerous Method (Lionsgate), Shame (Momentum)
The Moët & Chandon Award:
BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Olivia Colman – The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé), Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)
YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Craig Roberts – Submarine (StudioCanal)
The Sky 3D Award:
Maria Djurkovic, production design – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
The Dilys Powell Award:
EXCELLENCE IN FILM