London Film Critics Announce 2016 Awards Ceremony Date
Britain’s leading film critics today announced that their 36th annual awards ceremony will be presented on Sunday 17th January 2016 at The May Fair Hotel, with the event expected to attract a host of stellar British and international film talent. The awards are presented by the 145-member Film Section of The Critics’ Circle, the UK’s longest-standing and most prestigious critical organisation. “We’re thrilled to be back at The May Fair to celebrate another year of film,” says Film Section Chair Anna Smith.
Since the first edition in 1980, the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards have become an anticipated and respected fixture in the annual film calendar. In recent years attending winners have included Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender, Martin Scorsese, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, Quentin Tarantino, Emma Thompson, Christoph Waltz and Steve McQueen.
The 2015 ceremony attracted a star-studded red carpet with guests including Richard Linklater, Timothy Spall, Jonathan Glazer, Hossein Amini and musician Mica Levi, plus rising stars Alex Lawther, Daniel Huttlestone, Toby Sebastian, Florence Pugh, Louise Brealey and Ferdinand Kingsley. The iconic actress Miranda Richardson was presented with the Dilys Powell Award by her friend and colleague Stanley Tucci, and the ceremony was hosted by actor-filmmakers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. Boyhood was named Film of the Year, while British winners included The Imitation Game, Under the Skin, Mr Turner and ’71.
Rich Cline, chair of the Critics’ Circle Film Awards, comments: “Our awards stand out from the crowd because they are chosen by people who watch all of the films released in Britain every year. The ceremony is an integral part of the annual awards-season conversation and has consistently highlighted film achievements that may be overlooked by other groups. I am also delighted that we’re returning to the intimate, five-star glamour of The May Fair Hotel for a fourth year. The team there has been integral to our event, and we look forward to working with them to put on another great evening.”
Patrick Katzenberg, The May Fair Hotel’s Director of Sales, says: “We’re excited to welcome back our friends from the Critics’ Circle Film Awards for the fourth year running. The Critics’ Circle Film Awards kick off the awards season and are often seen as a notable precursor to the other major awards that follow. They are the perfect match for the dynamic style of The May Fair Hotel and we can’t wait to welcome the best of the worldwide film industry’s talent to the hotel in January.”
Films are eligible for the 36th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards if they are released in the UK between 7 February 2014 and 5 February 2016 and screened for the press.