By Indiewire | Indiewire December 22, 2005 at 3:55AM
The Ralph Fiennes spy thriller "The Constant Gardener" leads the field for the 26th London Film Critics' Circle awards, garnering seven nominations, organizers said Wednesday. Nominations for the movie adaptation of John le Carre's novel of the same name include one for Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, producer for Simon Channing Williams and film of the year. Meirelles will have to fight off challenges from Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain"), Paul Haggis ("Crash"), Peter Jackson ("King Kong") and David Cronenberg ("A History of Violence") for best director honors. In addition, all five directors have their films competing as film of the year. The awards will be held on February 8. Reuters reports.