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London Film Critics Circle Goes for Fincher, Firth, Bale, Bening, Manville

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 11, 2011 at 12:35AM

The Social Network squeaked ahead of The King's Speech at the 31st London Film Critics’ Circle Awards Thursday with four wins to three. Each boasted seven nominations. The Social Network Film and Director of the Year, homeboy Andrew Garfield for British Actor in a Supporting Role, and Aaron Sorkin for Screenwriter of the Year. The King's Speech won Best Actor for Colin Firth, British Director of the Year for Tom Hooper and The Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year.
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Thompson on Hollywood

The Social Network squeaked ahead of The King's Speech at the 31st London Film Critics’ Circle Awards Thursday with four wins to three. Each boasted seven nominations. The Social Network Film and Director of the Year, homeboy Andrew Garfield for British Actor in a Supporting Role, and Aaron Sorkin for Screenwriter of the Year. The King's Speech won Best Actor for Colin Firth, British Director of the Year for Tom Hooper and The Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year.

Lesley Manville carried the honors as British Actress of the year for Mike Leigh's Another Year, which had four noms. Olivia Williams took British Actress in a Supporting Role for The Ghost Writer. Actress of the Year went Annette Bening for The Kids are All Right and Christian Bale won British Actor of the Year for The Fighter.

Young British Performer of the Year went to NEDs' Conor McCarren. Yet again, Gareth Edwards won Breakthrough British Filmmaker for his micro-budget Monsters. The Foreign Language Film of the Year award went to France's Of Gods and Men, which is not up for an Oscar.

Next up is the BAFTAs--which are more influential-- this Sunday which BBC America will broadcast at 5 PM PT, 8 PM ET. I LOVE that show.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.