Jonathan Glazer’s Oscar-nominated drama wins film, director and technical awards, while Andrew Haigh’s All of Us Strangers also collects three prizes, and Jeffrey Wright and Colman Domingo receive special honours.

The UK’s leading critics handed out their awards at a glittering ceremony at the May Fair Hotel in London on Sunday, with British projects emerging as the key winners. Jonathan Glazer’s German-language drama The Zone of Interest was named Film of the Year and also took prizes for director and the mix of music and sound. Andrew Haigh’s fantastical drama All of Us Strangers won the Attenborough Award for British/Irish Film of the Year, with Andrew Scott named Actor of the Year and costar Paul Mescal winning British/Irish Performer for his body of work in 2023.

Actress of the Year went to Emma Stone for Poor Things, while supporting performance awards were won by Da’Vine Joy Randolph for The Holdovers and Charles Melton for May December. All three accepted their awards on videotape. Justine Triet and Arthur Harari were on hand to receive the Screenwriter award for Anatomy of a Fall, and director Mstyslav Chernov arrived to accept Documentary of the Year for his harrowing 20 Days in Mariupol. Celine Song’s Past Lives was named Foreign-Language Film of the Year, while Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron won the new Animated Film award.

Jeffrey Wright took the stage to receive the prestigious Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, presented to him by American Fiction director Cord Jefferson. And Misan Harriman, Oscar nominated this year for his short The After, presented the inaugural Derek Malcolm Award for Innovation to Colman Domingo, who had received the award in a small videotaped ceremony two days earlier in London. Rustin costars Wright and Domingo are both nominated for Oscars this year, Wright for American Fiction and Domingo for Rustin.

Mia McKenna-Bruce received the group’s first international Breakthrough Performance award for How to Have Sex, and the film’s writer-director Molly Manning Walker won the Philip French Award for British/Irish Breakthrough Filmmaker. Other British/Irish winners included Lola Campbell as Young Performer for Scrapper, and Natalie Cubides-Brady, director of Short Film The Veiled City.

The ceremony on Sunday was hosted by noted critic Mark Kermode, a Critics’ Circle member for more than 20 years. The 44th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards are voted by the 210-member Film Section of the Critics’ Circle, the UK’s longest-standing and most prestigious critics’ organisation. Films are automatically eligible if they are released in UK cinemas or on premiere streaming services between mid-February 2023 and mid-February 2024.

The May Fair Hotel, part of Edwardian Hotels London, is the main sponsor of the event, while awards were sponsored by Don Julio 1942 tequila, production company Cinemadix, MetFilm School, creative industry accountants Nyman Libson Paul LLP, Reddit, Seesaw Media. In-kind sponsors were The Grange sparkling English wine, Wild Idol non-alcoholic sparkling wine, cocktail specialists Gattertop Drinks Co, Guisborough Brewery, Double Dutch mixers, print solutions experts MTA Digital, Excel Executive cars and Onlooker.tv, the video production group that live-streamed the ceremony on the Critics’ Circle YouTube Channel, where it can still be watched: @criticscirclefilmsection

Full list of winners:

FILM OF THE YEAR sponsored by Nyman Libson Paul
The Zone of Interest (A24)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Past Lives (StudioCanal)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
20 Days in Mariupol (Dogwoof)

ANIMATED FILM OF THE YEAR
The Boy and the Heron (Elysian)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR sponsored by Reddit
Jonathan Glazer – The Zone of Interest (A24)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Justine Triet & Arthur Harari – Anatomy of a Fall (Picturehouse)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emma Stone – Poor Things (Searchlight)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR sponsored by Cinemadix
Andrew Scott – All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR sponsored by Don Julio 1942
Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers (Universal)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Charles Melton – May December (Sky)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR sponsored by MetFilm
Mia McKenna-Bruce – How to Have Sex (Mubi)

THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR
All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)

THE PHILIP FRENCH AWARD: BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER
Molly Manning Walker – How to Have Sex (Mubi)

BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR (for body of work) sponsored by Seesaw Media
Paul Mescal – All of Us Strangers (Searchlight), God’s Creatures (BFI), Foe (Metfilm), Carmen (Miracle)

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Lola Campbell – Scrapper (Picturehouse)

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR
The Veiled City – Natalie Cubides-Brady, director

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Zone of Interest – music & sound, Mica Levi & Johnnie Burn (A24)

THE DILYS POWELL AWARD: EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Jeffrey Wright

THE DEREK MALCOLM AWARD FOR INNOVATION
Colman Domingo


Winners by film:

3:
All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)
The Zone of Interest (A24)

2:
How to Have Sex (Mubi)

1:
20 Days in Mariupol (Dogwoof)
Anatomy of a Fall (Picturehouse)
The Boy and the Heron (Elysian)
Foe (Metfilm)
God’s Creatures (BFI)
The Holdovers (Universal)
Carmen (Miracle)
May December (Sky)
Past Lives (StudioCanal)
Poor Things (Searchlight)
Scrapper (Picturehouse)