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.
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.