Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave leads the nominees for the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, with nine nods. Stephen Frears’ Philomena follows with five nominations. Receiving four each were Blue Jasmine, Filth, Gravity and The Wolf of Wall Street. Films getting three nominations each were American Hustle, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Captain Phillips, Frances Ha, The Great Beauty, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and The Selfish Giant. (Full nominations listed below.)
Festival top brass announced two additions to the line-up on December 18.
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Fox Searchlight is to boost the number of US screens showing 12 Years A Slave in January.
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New projects from Peter Webber, Naomi Kawase [pictured], Alessandro Comodin, Eran Kolirin are in the 2014 selection.
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In South Korea, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug topped the box office its opening weekend in spite of discord between local distributor Warner Brothers Korea and exhibitors CJ CGV and Lotte Cinema about profit sharing.
South Korea’s box office has topped a record 200 million admissions, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) integrated ticketing website.
Baroness Floella Benjamin [pictured] will chair the event, which is about improving diversity.