London Critics’ Circle Film Awards 2023: Cate Blanchett and Tár take top honours

Cate Blanchett in a scene from Tár

Tár and The Banshees of Inisherin were the big winners at the 43rd annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. Tár took three major awards at a star-studded ceremony at The May Fair Hotel, London, on Sunday night. 

Todd Field’s film was named Film of the Year, while Field and Cate Blanchett were named Director and Actress of the Year. 

Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Banshees of Inisherin scored five prizes, including The Attenborough Award for British/Irish Film of the Year, Screenwriter of the Year, Actor of the Year for Colin Farrell, and both Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress for Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon. 

Fellow Irish movie, The Quiet Girl, was named Foreign-Language Film of the Year, in a tie win alongside Park Chan-wook’s dark thriller Decision to Leave. 

Laura Poitras’ Nan Goldin film All the Beauty and the Bloodshed was named Documentary of the Year.

Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Banshees of Inisherin scored five prizes, including The Attenborough Award for British/Irish Film of the Year…

Highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film to Michelle Yeoh, who was accompanied by her Everything Everywhere All at Once costar Ke Huy Quan. Danny Boyle presented the honour at the end of the night.

Florence Pugh and Bill Nighy were named British/Irish Actress and Actor for their body of work in 2022. 

Pugh was reunited at the event with her The Wonder costars Tom Burke and Kíla Lord Cassidy. There was also a reunion for Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio, who played father and daughter in Aftersun

Corio won the Young British/Irish Performer award for her role, while Paul was on hand to accept writer-director Charlotte Wells’ Philip French Award for Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker. 

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio won the Technical Achievement Award for animation, which was collected by Gregory Mann, who voiced the title character. British/Irish Short Film of the Year was Keeran Anwar Blessie’s A Fox in the Night.

The awards are decided by the 200-member Film Section of the Critics’ Circle. 

The May Fair Hotel, part of Edwardian Hotels London, is the main sponsor of the event for the 13th year running. Awards sponsors were The House of Koko, the new private members club which is part of the iconic London music venue; leading film, television and online media school MetFilm; and creative-industry accountants Nyman Libson Paul. 

New sponsors this year included premium non-alcoholic sparkling wine Wild Idol; Gattertop Drinks Co; Black Crowned Gin; large-format printing specialists Wahooti; chauffeur service Excel Executive; and live production company, which livestreamed the ceremony on the Critics’ Circle YouTube channel.

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