Mike Leigh's "All or Nothing" Leads London Film Critics Award Nominations
by Wendy Mitchell
The London Film Critics announced the nominations for this year's awards, with Mike Leigh's "All or Nothing" leading the pack with five nods. The drama, about one weekend in the life of a working-class London family, is in the running for British film of the year, best British director, best British screenwriter, best British actress (Lesley Manville), and best British supporting actress (Ruth Sheen). Sam Mendes' "Road to Perdition" scored four nominations, while Ken Loach's "Sweet Sixteen" got three nominations.
The nominations are divided into British and non-British categories. For best British film of the year, "All or Nothing" and "Sweet Sixteen" will go up against "About a Boy." For film of the year, the nominees are "The Road to Perdition," "Lantana," "About Schmidt," "Donnie Darko," and "Bowling for Columbine." Best foreign-language picks were "Talk to Her," "Y Tu Mama Tambien," and "The Son's Room."
Best British director nominations are Sam Mendes for "Road to Perdition," Christopher Nolan for "Insomnia," and Mike Leigh for "All or Nothing." Best non-Brit directors are Pedro Almodovar for "Talk to Her," Phillip Noyce for "Rabbit-Proof Fence" and "The Quiet American," and Peter Jackson for "Lord of the Rings."
In the lead acting categories, the group recognized Halle Berry ("Monster's Ball"), Kerry Armstrong ("Lantana"), and Stockard Channing ("The Business of Strangers") in the non-Brit category, along with Samantha Morton ("Morvern Callar"), Lesely Manville ("All or Nothing"), and Miranda Richardson ("Spider") in the British category. For lead actors, the critics nominated Michael Caine ("The Quiet American"), Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt"), and Al Pacino ("Insomnia") for best actor, and Chiwetel Eliofor ("Dirty Pretty Things"), Hugh Grant ("About a Boy"), and Ralph Fiennes ("Spider") for best British actor. Other categories are devoted to screenwriting, supporting actor and actress, and British newcomer of the year.
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in London on February 12.