Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ continued its string of accolades from critics this season, winning Film of the Year and Director of the Year awards at London Film Critics’ Congratulations Ceremony. Circle tonight. The win puts extra wind in the South Korean phenom’s sails as he heads into the home stretch of awards season, with the BAFTAs delivering their verdict on Sunday.
‘Marriage Story’, recognized for Noah Baumbach’s screenplay and Laura Dern’s supporting performance, and Joanna Hogg’s ‘The Souvenir’, were voted the UK’s most prominent group of critics. A melancholic memento inspired by the director’s film school years, Hogg’s film was named British/Irish Film of the Year, while its 22-year-old leading lady Honor Swinton Byrne won the Young British Performer award. / Irish of the Year. It was a welcome boost for ‘The Souvenir’, which was visibly scrubbed by BAFTA voters despite critical applause.
Hogg was one of four female directors honored during the evening. Celine Sciamma won Best Foreign Language Film for her elegant lesbian costume drama ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, while Syrian docmaker Waad Al-Kateab and co-director Edward Watts won the documentary award for their Oscar-nominated heartbreaker “For Sama.” ”
Quirky British author Sally Potter, whose new film ‘The Roads Not Taken’ will premiere in competition in Berlin next month, has received the Dilys Powell Critics’ Lifetime Achievement Award, with Elle Fanning making a appearance to present the prize. Potter received the award jointly with revered costume designer Sandy Powell, 28 years after their Oscar-nominated collaboration on “Orlando.”
Oscar favorites Renée Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix scooped best actor awards for their award-winning roles in ‘Judy’ and ‘Joker,’ respectively, while supporting actor Joe Pesci took home ‘The Irishman’ his only victory of the evening.
In the UK/Irish acting races, Florence Pugh was honored for her performances in ‘Little Women’, ‘Midsommar’ and ‘Fighting With My Family’, while Robert Pattinson took a surprise win in the corresponding male category. Winning for his so far under-awarded work in ‘The Lighthouse’, ‘High Life’ and ‘The King’, Pattinson beat BAFTA nominees Taron Egerton and Jonathan Pryce – as well as George MacKay, whose buzzing vehicle ‘1917 was nowhere to be found on Critics’ list of winners.
Hosted by comedian and writer Sally Phillips, the ceremony has always served as a celebration of the awards’ 40th anniversary, with clips played throughout of past Movie of the Year winners, from ‘Apocalypse Now’ to ‘Roma’. ‘last year. A special anniversary award was also presented to British stop-motion studio Aardman Animations, whose BAFTA-nominated ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ will be released in the US next month.
The full list of winners:
FILM OF THE YEAR
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR
Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR
BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Florence Pugh, “Midsommar”, “Little Women” and “Fighting With My Family”
BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Robert Pattinson, “The Lighthouse”, “High Life” and “The King”
YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Honor to Swinton Byrne, “The Memory”
BRITISH/IRISH FILMAST OF THE YEAR
Mark Jenkin, “Bait”
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR
Barbara Ling, Production Design, “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”
BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR
“The Devil’s Harmony”
DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
40TH ANNIVERSARY PRIZE