Carol has emerged as the leading contender in the UK Critics’ Circle film awards with seven nominations, closely followed by 45 Years with six.

Directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol picked up nods for film, director and screenwriter of the year, as well as actress of the year for both Blanchett and Mara. 45 Years, by Andrew Haigh, was nominated for best film and British film, and Haigh for director of the year, as well as securing acting nods for its leads, Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling.

Mad Max: Fury Road is continuing its surprisingly strong showing this awards season, with five nominations, along with The Revenant and Steve Jobs. Mad Max’s success has also boosted actor Tom Hardy’s personal nomination count from the Circle: he is up for actor of the year for Legend, supporting actor for The Revenant, and British actor of the year for his body of work in the last 12 months.

Two documentaries, Amy and The Look of Silence, also broke out of their customary category, with both picking up film of the year nods. Amy took a British film of the year nomination and Silence appeared in the foreign-language film of the year list.

Full list of nominations

Film of the year
45 Years
Inside Out
The Look of Silence
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

British film of the year
45 Years
The Lobster
London Road

Foreign-language film of the year
Hard to Be a God
The Look of Silence
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
The Tribe

Documentary of the year
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Look of Silence
A Syrian Love Story

Actor of the year
Tom Courtenay – 45 Years
Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Tom Hardy – Legend

Actress of the year
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Rooney Mara – Carol
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Supporting actor of the year
Benicio Del Toro – Sicario
Tom Hardy – The Revenant
Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina
Michael Keaton – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Supporting actress of the year
Olivia Colman – The Lobster
Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
Tilda Swinton – Trainwreck
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Director of the year
Andrew Haigh – 45 Years
Todd Haynes – Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott – The Martian

Screenwriter of the year
Emma Donoghue – Room
Nick Hornby – Brooklyn
Phyllis Nagy – Carol
Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

British actor of the year
Michael Caine
Idris Elba
Colin Farrell
Michael Fassbender
Tom Hardy

British actress of the year
Emily Blunt
Carey Mulligan
Charlotte Rampling
Saoirse Ronan
Kate Winslet

Young British performer
Asa Butterfield – X + Y
Milo Parker – Mr Holmes, Robot Overlords
Florence Pugh – The Falling
Liam Walpole – The Goob
Maisie Williams – The Falling

Breakthrough British film-maker
Tom Browne – Radiator
Mark Burton & Richard Starzak – Shaun the Sheep Movie
Emma Donoghue – Room
Alex Garland – Ex Machina
John Maclean – Slow West

British short film
Directed by Tweedie – dir Duncan Cowles
Leidi – dir Simón Mesa Soto
Over – dir Jörn Threlfall
Rate Me – dir Fyzal Boulifa
Stutterer – dir Benjamin Cleary

Technical achievement award
Carter Burwell, music – Carol
Wade Eastwood, stunts – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Colin Gibson, production design – Mad Max: Fury Road
Elliott Graham, editing – Steve Jobs
Edward Lachman, cinematography – Carol
Tom Ozanich, sound design – Sicario
Sandy Powell, costumes – Cinderella
John Seale, cinematography – Mad Max: Fury Road
Alistair Sirkett and Markus Stemler, sound design – Macbeth
Andrew Whitehurst, visual effects – Ex Machina


Andrew Pulver

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