British Comic Judi Love Announced to Host the 39th Annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards this January at The May Fair Hotel
British Comic Judi Love to Host London Critics’ Awards
Presented by Dover Street Entertainment and hosted by The May Fair Hotel for a seventh year, the ceremony on Sunday, 20th January, will also be sponsored by Heaven Skincare.
Britain's leading film critics today announced that actor, comic and social commentator Judi Love will host the 39th London Critics' Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street Entertainment, which will take place on Sunday 20th January 2019 at The May Fair Hotel. The event is expected to attract a host of stellar British and international film talent. The awards are presented by the 150-member Film Section of The Critics' Circle, the UK's longest-standing and most prestigious critical organisation.
"I'm excited to be hosting such a prestigious awards ceremony that celebrates the creative field of film," said Love. "As a British actress and comedienne, it's great to see that the London Critics' Circle have put forward two female directors and specifically recognised UK talent. It’s going to be a great night, with laughter, achievements and hopefully a little bit of dancing. I'm looking forward to finding out who the winners are."
One of the brightest new stars on the stand-up circuit, Judi Love won Comedian of the Year at the 2018 UK Entertainment Awards and presents a weekly show on BBC Radio London. Judi recently appeared on The Lenny Henry Birthday Show and performs regularly in venues throughout the UK. Her frank and funny social media sketches have won a loyal following and have been picked up by the likes of Comedy Central. A film fan, Love’s online skits include a reaction to Black Panther in which she attempts to book flights to Wakanda. "Judi has won us over with her fresh, forthright humour, and I can’t wait to see what she brings to our awards," said Anna Smith, Chair of the Critics’ Circle Film Section.
The top nominee this year is The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos' black comedy set in 18th century Britain and starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. The film has 10 nominations, followed by five each for Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War, Rupert Everett's The Happy Prince, Alfonso Cuarón's Roma and Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here. These films are contending for Film of the Year alongside BlacKkKlansman, First Man, First Reformed, Leave No Trace and this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Shoplifters.
At this year's ceremony, the London film critics' top honour, The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, will be presented to Pedro Almodóvar. Previous winners include Kate Winslet, Isabelle Huppert, Judi Dench, Gary Oldman and Quentin Tarantino.
London-based media group Dover Street Entertainment is returning for a second year as headline sponsor, and this is the seventh year the event has been hosted by The May Fair Hotel. Heaven Skincare also returns for a second year as a main sponsor of the event. CEO Deborah Mitchell said, "Heaven Skincare are delighted to once again support such an amazingly star-studded evening celebrating so many inspirational, fabulous films."
Millbank Casting & Management together with Cooper Searle Personal Management are sponsoring the Best Actor Award for the third consecutive year. Millbank's founders Eric Buchanan and Brit Felmberg will be in attendance along with a number of rising international acting talent whom they represent. This include Arrows & Traps theatre company veteran Pearce Sampson and rising German actor Clemente Lohr, who will be joined on the red carpet by London Fashion Week catwalk regulars Johanna Londinium and Christian James (aka Chris Jammer). In-kind sponsors include Mionetto Prosecco Superiore, Rémy Martin and Sacred Gin. Audi is the official car of the awards.
Since the first edition in 1980, the 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, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Emma Thompson, Christoph Waltz, Martin Scorsese and Steve McQueen.
About The Critics' Circle
Established in 1913, The Critics' Circle is the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, with more than 400 members who work in the UK media as critics of art and architecture, books, dance, drama, film, and music. Chaired by critic and broadcaster Anna Smith, the Film Section membership is made up of more than 150 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, including the BBC's Mark Kermode, The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, The Evening Standard's Charlotte O'Sullivan and Metro's Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, and has presented its awards annually since 1980.
About Dover Street Entertainment
Founded by producers Graeme A Scott and Kathy A LoPrimo, the Dover Street Entertainment team has delivered films to cinema screens across the globe and produced television series with broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Showtime, HBO and PBS. With each production, Dover Street works with internationally recognised talent, from Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers to Emmy-nominated television producers, ensuring that when a story is told it is told right. Current projects include the feature-length documentary The Last Hope, which highlights the work of the Italian NGO Emergency from Kabul into Iraq and rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya; television docu-series, The Fight Club, which delves into the world of professional and amateur combat fighting; and An Irish Heartbeat (working title), a feature-length thriller based upon the novel by Paul Ferris.
About The May Fair Hotel
The luxury May Fair Hotel is in the heart of London’s most stylish district. The hotel, which was opened by King George V in 1927, boasts more than 400 luxury bedrooms, including 40 suites, set alongside the relaxing May Fair Spa; the chic, Mediterranean tapas restaurant, May Fair Kitchen; a 201-seat private screening room, The May Fair Theatre; and the exclusive Palm Beach Casino. The residence encapsulates its Mayfair locality throughout, with the intimate Terrace and Private Dining Room, The May Fair Bar offering an array of signature cocktails, the breathtaking Crystal Room and the decadent Danziger Suite. The May Fair Hotel is owned and managed by independent hospitality group Edwardian Hotels London, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned companies, which has been developing luxury hotel and hospitality brands since 1977.
About Heaven Skincare
Heaven by Deborah Mitchell is a luxurious range of anti-ageing skincare containing organic, natural and results-driven ingredients, which have been developed for a radiant, flawless complexion and to help heal skin conditions from blemishes to eczema. The winner of more than 25 Stevie Awards and patent owner of Bee Venom Abeetoxin® products, formulated for any skin type, Mitchell has created products that offer the potent power of nature in perfect harmony with the latest breakthroughs in beauty technology. Available at Harvey Nichols, Heaven's extensive range of products for the face, body and hair include cleansers, toners, moisturisers and face and body oils.
Full list of Nominations for 39th Critics' Circle Film Awards:
FILM OF THE YEAR
The Happy Prince
Leave No Trace
You Were Never Really Here
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
120 Beats per Minute
A Fantastic Woman
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
They Shall Not Grow Old
Three Identical Strangers
BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR: The Attenborough Award
The Happy Prince
You Were Never Really Here
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Alfonso Cuaron - Roma
Debra Granik - Leave No Trace
Yorgos Lanthimos - The Favourite
Pawel Pawlikowski - Cold War
Lynne Ramsay - You Were Never Really Here
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Alfonso Cuaron - Roma
Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara - The Favourite
Barry Jenkins - If Beale Street Could Talk
Steve McQueen & Gillian Flynn - Widows
Paul Schrader - First Reformed
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Yalitza Aparicio - Roma
Glenn Close - The Wife
Toni Collette - Hereditary
Olivia Colman - The Favourite
Joanna Kulig - Cold War
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Christian Bale - Vice
Rupert Everett - The Happy Prince
Ben Foster - Leave No Trace
Ethan Hawke - First Reformed
Joaquin Phoenix - You Were Never Really Here
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Elizabeth Debicki - Widows
Cynthia Erivo - Bad Times at the El Royale
Claire Foy - First Man
Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk
Rachel Weisz - The Favourite
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Adam Driver - BlacKkKlansman
Richard E Grant - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Michael B Jordan - Black Panther
Daniel Kaluuya - Widows
Alessandro Nivola - Disobedience
BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Richard E Grant
YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: The Philip French Award
Deborah Davis - The Favourite
Rupert Everett - The Happy Prince
Deborah Haywood - Pin Cushion
Daniel Kokotajlo - Apostasy
Michael Pearce - Beast
BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM
Little Shit - directed by Richard Gorodecky
Night Out - directed by Amelia Hashemi
Salt & Sauce - directed by Alia Ghafar
Three Centimetres - directed by Lara Zeidan
Under Growth - directed by Evin O'Neill
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
American Animals - film editing, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill & Julian Hart
BlacKkKlansman - costume design, Marci Rodgers
Cold War - cinematography, Lukasz Zal
The Favourite - production design, Fiona Crombie
First Man - visual effects, Paul Lambert
If Beale Street Could Talk - music, Nicholas Britell
Mission: Impossible Fallout - stunts, Wade Eastwood
A Quiet Place - sound design, Ethan Van der Ryn & Erik Aadahl
Suspiria - music, Thom Yorke
You Were Never Really Here - film editing, Joe Bini
THE DILYS POWELL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN FILM