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Mad Max: Fury Road and 45 Years bring home the big gongs at the 36th London Critics' Circle Film Awards

It was a great year for young stars such as Maisie Williams and Saoirse Ronan...

Mad Max: Fury Road and 45 Years bring home the big gongs at the 36th London Critics' Circle Film Awards

Mad Max: Fury Road

James Gilmore

W!ZARD News Author

Award season has officially begun, with the Golden Globes last week and now the 36th London Critics' Circle Film Awards.

The big winners were, perhaps, no surprise. High-octane action extravaganza Mad Max: Fury Road raced ahead of it's competitors, taking home the awards for Film of the Year and George Miller picked up Director of the Year.

George Miller's film also took part in a third award, however, as Tom Hardy was named Best British/Irish Actor of the Year for his roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Legend, The Revenant and London Road.


But, it wasn't just Mad Max: Fury Road who took home the big awards. Andrew Haigh's marital drama 45 Years was named Best British/Irish Film of the Year.

It also won the night's top acting prizes, as veteran stars Charlotte Rampling won Best Actress of the Year and Tom Courtenay was named Best Actor of the Year.


Other winners included Kate Winslet (named as Supporting Actress of the Year for her work in Steve Jobs) and Mark Rylance (named as Supporting Actor of the Year) for Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies).

It was also a good night for young talent - with young Irish star Saoirse Ronan winning Best British/Irish Actress of the Year for her role in Brooklyn and Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams accepting the Young British/Irish Performer award for her challenging lead role in Carol Morley's adolescent study The Falling.


Bringing the night to a close, British royalty Judi Dench took the stage to present Kenneth Branagh with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film. Branagh accepted the award from his recent stage partner in A Winter's Tale, after verbal and visual tributes to his storied career as an actor and filmmaker.

The full list of winners for the 36th London Critics' Circle Film Awards:

FILM OF THE YEAR: Mad Max: Fury Road
BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR: 45 Years
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR: The Look of Silence
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR: Amy
ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Tom Courtenay — 45 Years
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Charlotte Rampling — 45 Years
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Mark Rylance — Bridge of Spies
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Kate Winslet — Steve Jobs
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: George Miller — Mad Max: Fury Road
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy — Spotlight
BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Tom Hardy — Legend, London Road, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant
BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Saoirse Ronan — Brooklyn, Lost River
YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: Maisie Williams — The Falling
PHILIP FRENCH AWARD FOR BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: John Maclean — Slow West
BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR: Stutterer — Benjamin Cleary
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ed Lachman, cinematography — Carol
DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM: Kenneth Branagh

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