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‘Saint Maud’, ‘Rocks’

Rose Glass’ debut feature Saint Maud heads the nominations at the 41st London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, with eight nominations including film of the year and director of the year. 

The horror film is also up for British/Irish film of the year, with further nominations for Glass in screenwriter and breakthrough British/Irish filmmaker, and Morfydd Clark in both actress and British/Irish actress of the year (the latter also for her role in Eternal Beauty).

Rocks, another UK title directed by Sarah Gavron with associate director Anu Henriques, received six nominations including film of the year, British/Irish film of the year and British/Irish actress of the year for Bukky Bakray.

The three most-nominated titles were all directed by women, with five nominations for Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland.

Emerald Fennell’s dark comedy Promising Young Woman, David Fincher’s Mank and Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock each received four nominations.

Netflix led the list of distributors with 22 nominations, followed by the BBC with 11 and Altitude with 10.

The nominations were announced online by actors Darci Shaw and Henry Lloyd-Hughes, who will star together in Netflix’s Sherlock Holmes series The Irregulars, which is scheduled for release later this year.

The release date eligibility period for this year’s awards was extended to March, as long as films had been screened in 2020 to critics or at festivals. 224 films were named on the ballots, out of which 49 were nominated.

“This additional eligibility has put an extra strain on our members this year, watching more films than usual,” said Rich Cline, chair of the Critics’ Circle Film Section.

The awards will be presented virtually on Sunday February 7, with a physical event held later in the year at a date to be confirmed.

London Critics’ Circle Film Awards 2021 nominations

Film Of The Year

About Endlessness (Swe-Fr-Ger-Nor) dir. Roy Andersson

Collective (Ro-Lux-Ger) dir. Alexander Nanau

I’m Thinking Of Ending Things (US) dir. Charlie Kaufman

Lovers Rock (UK) dir. Steve McQueen

The Mauritanian (US-UK) dir. Kevin Macdonald

Minari (US) dir. Lee Isaac Chung

Nomadland (US) dir. Chloé Zhao

Promising Young Woman (US) dir. Emerald Fennell

Rocks (UK) dir. Sarah Gavron

Saint Maud (UK) dir. Rose Glass

Foreign-Language Film Of The Year

About Endlessness

Another Round


Les Misérables


Documentary Of The Year

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets


Dick Johnson Is Dead


The Truffle Hunters

The Attenborough Award British/Irish Film Of The Year

The Father

Lovers Rock



Saint Maud

Director Of The Year

David Fincher - Mank

Rose Glass - Saint Maud

Kevin Macdonald - The Mauritanian

Steve Mcqueen - Small Axe

Chloé Zhao - Nomadland

Screenwriter Of The Year

Jack Fincher - Mank

Rose Glass - Saint Maud

Charlie Kaufman - I’m Thinking Of Ending Things

Aaron Sorkin - The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao - Nomadland

Actress Of The Year

Morfydd Clark - Saint Maud

Viola Davis - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Vanessa Kirby - Pieces Of A Woman

Frances Mcdormand - Nomadland

Carey Mulligan - Promising Young Woman

Actor Of The Year

Riz Ahmed - Sound Of Metal

Chadwick Boseman - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins - The Father

Delroy Lindo - Da 5 Bloods

Tahar Rahim - The Mauritanian

Supporting Actress Of The Year

Maria Bakalova - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Ellen Burstyn - Pieces Of A Woman

Essie Davis - Babyteeth

Jennifer Ehle - Saint Maud

Amanda Seyfried - Mank

Supporting Actor Of The Year

Sacha Baron Cohen - The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Chadwick Boseman - Da 5 Bloods

Aldis Hodge - Clemency

Ben Mendelsohn - Babyteeth

Shaun Parkes - Mangrove

British/Irish Actress Of The Year (for body of work)

Bukky Bakray - Rocks

Jessie Buckley - I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, Misbehaviour

Morfydd Clark - Eternal Beauty, Saint Maud

Vanessa Kirby - Pieces Of A Woman, The World To Come

Carey Mulligan - The Dig, Promising Young Woman

British/Irish Actor Of The Year (for body of work)

Riz Ahmed - Mogul Mowgli, Sound Of Metal

Sacha Baron Cohen - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, The Trial Of The Chicago 7

John Boyega - Red, White And Blue

Anthony Hopkins - The Father

Cosmo Jarvis - Calm With Horses, Nocturnal

The Philip French Award for Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker

Henry Blake - County Lines

Fyzal Boulifa - Lynn + Lucy

Emerald Fennell - Promising Young Woman

Rose Glass - Saint Maud

Remi Weekes - His House

Young British/Irish Performer

Kosar Ali - Rocks

Bukky Bakray - Rocks

Millie Bobby Brown - Enola Holmes

Conrad Khan - County Lines

Molly Windsor - Make Up

British/Irish Short Film

Filipiñana – dir. Rafael Manuel

Hungry Joe – dir. Paul Holbrook

Lizard – dir. Akinola Davies Jr

The Long Goodbye – dir. Aneil Karia

The Shift – dir. Laura Carreira

Technical Achievement

Ammonite - Stéphane Fontaine, cinematography

Birds Of Prey - Deborah Lamia Denaver & Adruitha Lee, makeup & hair

Lovers Rock - Mica Levi, music

Mank - Donald Graham Burt, production design

Nomadland - Joshua James Richards, cinematography

Rocks - Lucy Pardee, casting

Soul - Pete Docter, animation

Sound Of Metal - Nicolas Becker, sound design

Tenet - Jennifer Lame, film editing

Wolfwalkers - Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart, animation