The London Film Critics’ Circle have just announced the nominees for their annual awards, with Irish film to the fore in the nominations. Leading the pack is Irish co-production Love & Friendship, which scored 7 nominations, tying with critical darling and Oscar front-runner Moonlight.

Love & Friendship scored a double Best Film nomination, earning a spot in the British/Irish Film of the Year and the overall Film of the Year list. It will compete for the British/Irish title against John Carney’s Sing Street, and British films American Honey, High-Rise (which is a Northern Ireland co-production), and I, Daniel Blake. Kate Beckinsale also earned a double nomination for her lead performance in the Blinder Films’ production. She will compete against Ruth Negga for Best British/Irish Actress, after the Limerick-local was nominated for Loving and Iona.

Sing Street also earned nominations for Gary Clark and John Carney’s music in the Technical Achievement category, and for lead actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo in the Young British/Irish Performer of the Year category.

Also in the Technical category DOP Robbie Ryan has been nominated for his cinematography on Andrea Arnold’s American Honey. While in the British/Irish Short Film of the Year category Natasha Waugh’s superb abortion-themed short Terminal in one of the five nominees.

The winners will be announced on January 22, 2017 at the London Film Critics’ Circle’s annual awards ceremony at the May Fair Hotel in central London, which will be hosted by filmmakers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.

The full list:

Film of the Year
American Honey
Fire at Sea
I, Daniel Blake
La La Land
Love and Friendship
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Nocturnal Animals
Son of Saul
Toni Erdmann

British/Irish Film of the Year
American Honey
High-Rise
I, Daniel Blake
Love and Friendship
Sing Street

Foreign Language Film of the Year
Fire at Sea
Son of Saul
Things to Come
Toni Erdmann
Victoria

Documentary of the Year
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Cameraperson
The Eagle Huntress
Fire at Sea
Life, Animated

Director of the Year
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
László Nemes, Son of Saul
Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann

Screenwriter of the Year
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Whit Stillman, Love and Friendship
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann

Actor of the Year
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Adam Driver, Paterson
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nocturnal Animals
Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann

Actress of the Year
Amy Adams, Arrival
Kate Beckinsale, Love and Friendship
Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann
Isabelle Huppert, Things to Come
Emma Stone, La La Land

Supporting Actor of the Year
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Tom Bennett, Love and Friendship
Jeff Bridges, Hell and High Water
Shia LaBeouf, American Honey
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Supporting Actress of the Year
Viola Davis, Fences
Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Riley Keough, American Honey
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

British/Irish Actor of the Year
Tom Bennett, Love and Friendship and David Brent: Life on the Road
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge and Silence
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake
David Oyelowo, A United Kingdom and Queen of Katwe

British/Irish Actress of the Year
Kate Beckinsale, Love and Friendship
Rebecca Hall, Christine
Naomie Harris, Moonlight, Our Kind of Traitor and Collateral Beauty
Ruth Negga, Loving and Iona
Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker of the Year
Babak Anvari (writer-director), Under the Shadow
Mike Carey (writer), The Girl With All the Gifts
Guy Hibbert (writer), Eye in the Sky and A United Kingdom
Peter Middleton and James Spinney (writer-directors), Notes on Blindness
Rachel Tunnard (writer-director), Adult Life Skills

Young British/Irish Performer of the Year
Ruby Barnhill, The BFG
Lewis MacDougall, A Monster Calls
Sennia Nanua, The Girl With All the Gifts
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch, Morgan and Split
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Sing Street

Technical Achievement of the Year
Robbie Ryan (cinematography), American Honey
Sylvain Bellemare (sound design), Arrival
Mark Tildesley (production design), High-Rise
Mica Levi (music), Jackie
Gary Powell (stunt coordination), Jason Bourne
Justin Hurwitz (music), La La Land
Nat Sanders and Joi Macmillan (editing), Moonlight
Neal Scanlan (visual effects),Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Gary Clark and John Carney (music), Sing Street
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (cinematography), Victoria

British/Irish Short Film of the Year
Isabella, Duncan Cowles and Ross Hogg
Jacked, Rene Pannevis
Sweet Maddie Stone, Brady Hood
Tamara, Sofia Safanova
Terminal, Natasha Waugh

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