"12 Years a Slave" leads London Critics' Circle nominations

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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
December 17th, 2013

'12 Years a Slave' leads the 2014 London Critics' Circle Film Awards nominations.

The Steve McQueen-directed slavery era drama has received nine nominations at the annual awards ceremony - which will take place in London on February 2, 2014 - including Film of the Year, while Stephen Frears' 'Philomena' has earned five nominations.

'12 Years' is up for Film of the Year, Director and Screenwriter of the Year for McQueen, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender and Best Supporting Actress for newcomer Lupita Nyong'o.

'Philomena' has earned Dame Judi Dench two nominations for Actress of the Year and British Actress of the Year, while co-star and screenwriter Steve Coogan is recognised in the Best British Actor category, also.

'The Dark Knight Rises' star Gary Oldman will receive this year's Dilys Powell Award For Excellence in Film award, following in the footsteps of last year's lifetime achievement recipient, Helena Bonham Carter.

The actor said in a statement: ''I am truly honoured and humbled to be named for this prestigious award, especially when one considers both who is doing the awarding and also the inspirational list of past recipients. I can't wait to be there.''

Other major nominees include Tom Hanks, who is nominated for both Actor of the Year for 'Captain Phillips' and Supporting Actor of the Year for 'Saving Mr. Banks', Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence.


2014 London Critics' Circle Film Awards - selected nominations:


Film of the Year

'Blue is the Warmest Colour'

'Blue Jasmine'

'Frances Ha'

'Gravity'

'The Great Beauty'

'Her'

'Inside Llewyn Davis'

'Nebraska'

'12 Years a Slave'

'The Wolf of Wall Street'


British Film of the Year

'A Field in England'

'Filth'

'Philomena'

'Rush'

'The Selfish Giant'


Actor of the Year

Bruce Dern, 'Nebraska'

Leonardo DiCaprio, 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Michael Douglas, 'Behind the Candelabra'

Chiwetel Ejiofor, '12 Years a Slave'

Tom Hanks, 'Captain Phillips'


Actress of the Year

Cate Blanchett, 'Blue Jasmine'

Sandra Bullock, 'Gravity'

Dame Judi Dench, 'Philomena'

Adèle Exarchopoulos, 'Blue is the Warmest Colour'

Greta Gerwig, 'Frances Ha'


Supporting Actor of the Year

Barkhad Abdi, 'Captain Phillips'

Michael Fassbender, '12 Years a Slave'

James Gandolfini, 'Enough Said'

Tom Hanks, 'Saving Mr. Banks'

Jared Leto, 'Dallas Buyers Club'


Supporting Actress of the Year

Naomie Harris, 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Sally Hawkins, 'Blue Jasmine'

Jennifer Lawrence, 'American Hustle'

Lupita Nyong'o, '12 Years a Slave'

June Squibb, 'Nebraska'


British Actor of the Year

Christian Bale, 'American Hustle', 'Out of the Furnace'

Steve Coogan, 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa', 'The Look of Love', 'Philomena'

Chiwetel Ejiofor, '12 Years a Slave'

Michael Fassbender, 'The Counsellor', '12 Years a Slave'

James McAvoy, 'Filth', 'Trance', 'Welcome to the Punch'


British Actress of the Year

Dame Judi Dench, 'Philomena'

Lindsay Duncan, 'About Time', 'Last Passenger', 'Le Week-End'

Naomie Harris, 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Sally Hawkins, 'Blue Jasmine'

Emma Thompson, 'Beautiful Creatures, 'Saving Mr Banks'


Director of the Year

Alfonso Cuarón, 'Gravity'

Paul Greengrass, 'Captain Phillips'

Steve McQueen, '12 Years a Slave'

Paolo Sorrentino, 'The Great Beauty'

Martin Scorsese, 'The Wolf of Wall Street'


Screenwriter of the Year

Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Spike Jonze, 'Her'

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, 'Philomena'

John Ridle, '12 Years a Slave'

Terence Winter, 'The Wolf of Wall Street'