Saturday night brought us the next chapter of the 2018 awards season, what an amazing array of talent it was. It didn’t occur to me during the year just how great 2017 was, but seeing all these wonderful films lined up for the accolades really puts it into perspective. Here are the winners of the 2018 London Critics Circle Awards.
The big winner of the night was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, taking home awards for Best Film, Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Screenwriter of the Year, whilst McDonagh himself lost Best Director to The Florida Project’s Sean Baker. If you were sick of seeing Gary Oldman picking up the awards based purely on predictability, then rejoice at the fact that Call Me By Your Name’s Timothee Chalamet took home Best Actor, with Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville and Paddington 2’s Hugh Grant also earning some surprise wins in the supporting categories.
Paddington 2 was also up for Best British/Irish Film, though lost out to Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk. The British/Irish actor and actress of the year were Daniel Kaluuya and Sally Hawkins respectively, while Francis Lee picked up British/Irish Breakthrough of the Year for his intimate drama God’s Own Country. Some much needed love for Blade Runner 2049 came when production designer Dennis Gassner won Technical Achievement of the Year, and Elle and I Am Not Your Negro took home Foreign Film of the Year and Documentary of the Year respectively. Finally, the Dylis Powell award – Named after the British film critic – was awarded to Kate Winslet for her cinematic work.
An excellent list of winners, and some genuinely refreshing ones too. It’s nice to have an award show that’s just a little bit different to every other one, offering more praise to other filmmakers who may not have been noticed otherwise. But we still have plenty of awards to go, so don’t lose the love just yet.