12 Years A Slave by Steve McQueen has claimed the most nominations at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.
The film is in line to win as many as nine gongs at the prestigious awards show, where it will be competing against movies like Philomena.
In terms of the specific nominations, Chiwetel Ejiofor has been put forward in the best actor category, while Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o have been nominated for best supporting role gongs.
What’s more, McQueen has been nominated for best director, while the picture itself is up for film of the year.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Gary Oldman is to be awarded the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film at the London ceremony in February.
Reflecting on the honour, the acclaimed actor remarked: “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.”
Ejiofor faces competition from the likes of Coogan, Fassbender, Christian Bale and James McAvoy for the title of British actor of the year.
Elsewhere, Dame Judi has been nominated for the actress of the year award, although she faces stiff competition from the likes of Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Adele Exarchopoulos and Greta Gerwig.
She is, unsurprisingly, also nominated for the best British actress award, but will have to overcome the challenge of Lindsay Duncan, Naomie Harris, Sally Hawkins and Emma Thompson to win the sought-after gong.
Among the films competing for the top prize of the night will beWoody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorcese’s forthcoming financial drama.
So, if you’re in London over the next few weeks, then why not sample some of the best film entertainment at one of the city’s top cinema complexes?
There are loads dotted around the capital, such as the multi-screen complex at the O2 Arena.