Oscar winners Tar and The Banshees Of Inisherin were the big winners at the London Critics Circle Film Awards with three and five awards respectively.
The psychological drama Tar, directed by Todd Field, stars Cate Blanchett as the complicated and genius conductor of a German orchestra at the height of her career before it begins to unravel.
It was named film of the year at the May Fair Hotel ceremony on Sunday, while Academy Award winner Blanchett was named actress of the year and Field director of the year.
It is the third time Blanchett has won the award, after Elizabeth in 1998 and Blue Jasmine in 2013.
Meanwhile, British-Irish director Martin McDonagh’s black comedy The Banshees Of Inisherin finished the ceremony with five awards, including Screenwriter of the Year for McDonagh, Actor of the Year for Colin Farrell and Supporting Actor and Actress for Barry Keoghan and Kerry. condom, respectively.
The win continues Farrell’s successful awards season, after earning his first Academy Award nomination for best actor and receiving a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for his portrayal of Padraic Suilleabhain.
The friendship film, co-starring Brendan Gleeson, also won the Attenborough Award for British Irish Film of the Year.
Another Irish title, The Quiet Girl, won foreign language film of the year in a tie with Park Chan-wook’s thriller Decision To Leave.
Meanwhile, Michelle Yeoh received critics’ top award, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film for her role as Evelyn Wang in the action epic Everything Everywhere All At Once.
It comes after the 60-year-old Malaysian actress received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in the film about a Chinese immigrant who finds herself responsible for saving the multiverse. .
Florence Pugh and Bill Nighy were named British Irish Actresses and Actors for their work in 2022, in which Nighy earned his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a veteran civil servant in Living.
The ceremony turned out to be a reunion for Aftersun stars Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio, who played father and daughter in writer-director Charlotte Wells’ film.
Teenager Corio won the British-Irish Young Performer Award for her role as Sophie Paterson, while Paul was on hand to accept Wells’ Philip French Award for Best British-Irish Filmmaker.
The Technical Achievement Award went to Guillermo del Toro’s Animated Pinocchio and was collected by Gregory Mann, who voiced the title character.
Meanwhile, Laura Poitras’ All The Beauty And The Bloodshed, about the life and work of renowned photographer and activist Nan Goldin, was named Documentary of the Year and Keeran Anwar Blessie’s A Fox In The Night won the Irish Short Film Award. british of the year