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'La La Land' wins London Critics' Circle best film

The Oscar frontrunner and BAFTA nominee charmed the UK’s leading critics to win top prize at the 37th Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday night at The May Fair Hotel.

Another Academy Award favourite, Casey Affleck, was named best actor for Manchester By The Sea, while Isabelle Huppert, gaining strength as the season progresses, claimed best actress for Things To Come and took the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

Laszlo Nemes was the surprise of the night as he won best director for Son Of Saul, while awards heavyweight Kenneth Lonergan earned the best screenwriter award for Manchester By The Sea.

Moonlight claimed both supporting acting categories for Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali, who tied with Tom Bennett for Love & Friendship.

Kate Beckinsale won the British/Irish Actress prize for Love & Friendship and Andrew Garfield took corresponding actor honours for Hacksaw Ridge and Silence.

Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann won the foreign-language category, Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire At Sea took the documentary prize, and Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake won The Attenborough Award for British/Irish Film of the Year.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

Film Of The Year
La La Land

Foreign-Language Film Of The Year
Toni Erdmann

Documentary Of The Year
Fire At Sea

British/Irish Film Of The Year
I, Daniel Blake

Actor Of The Year presented by Millbank and Cooper Searle
Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea

Actress Of The Year presented by Suqqu
Isabelle Huppert, Things To Come

Supporting Actor Of The Year (tie)
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Tom Bennett, Love & Friendship

Supporting Actress Of The Year presented by Cameo
Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Director Of The Year
László Nemes, Son Of Saul

Screenwriter Of The Year
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea

British/Irish Actor
Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge, Silence

British/Irish Actress
Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship

Young British/Irish Performer presented by The May Fair Hotel
Lewis MacDougall, A Monster Calls

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker
Babak Anvari, Under The Shadow

British/Irish Short Film
Sweet Maddie Stone, Brady Hood

Technical Achievement
Victoria – Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, cinematography

Dilys Powell Award For Excellence In Film
Isabelle Huppert

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