The London Critics Circle Film Awards nominations have been announced with a few surprises, but the critically well received Mr. Turner and Birdman leading the nominations with seven and six nominations respectively. Birdman continued its impressive start to the awards season after picking up nominations at the recently announced Golden Globe Awards, but will face tough competition from the biopic based on the life of English painter JMW Turner, BBC reports.
Stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton are both nominated in the best actor category, Brad Reifler tells me, for their Birdman performances, alongside English Mr. Turner actor Timothy Spall, who is best known for his role in the Harry Potter franchise. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch also receives a nomination for his role in the World War II drama The Imitation Game. Eddie Redmayne is also nominated for best actor for his performance as English physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Redmayne’s co star Felicity Jones also receives a nomination for playing Hawking’s first wife Joan Wilde in the movie. Jones will face competition for the award from a series of Hollywood actresses, including Scarlett Johansson, who is nominated for her role as an alien in the independent science fiction movie Under the Skin.