Skyfall up for a handful of awards at the London Film Critics Circle

Skyfall, the latest James Bond epic, has been nominated for 5 awards at this years London Film Critics Circle with 2 of these going to Dame Judi Dench. The veteran British star, who plays M, the boss of 007 who has the unenviable task of keeping him in check, is up for British actress and best supporting actress of the year. The other nominations go to Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Skyfall itself as best British film.

The 5 nominations aren’t the best however as the US drama The Master and the French film Amour lead the field this year with 7 nods each. The nominations for Amour include Film of the Year, Best Foreign Language Film and 2 for Michael Haneke for his dual roles as screenwriter and director.

The film tells the tale of an elderly couple in France who are having to deal with both infirmity and dementia, and the other 2 nominations go to the octagenarian stars Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Only last week, it was announced that Amour has also been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Golden Globes.

Paul Thomas Anderson has also been nominated for his work in The Master and is in both the director and screenwriter categories, and additional nominations have gone to member of the esteemed cast; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix. This film tells the story of a mentally disturbed US seaman who, in the aftermath of WWII, falls under the enigmatic spell cast by a cult leader.

The Mayfair in London is the venue for the 33rd London Critics Circle Film Awards on the 20th January, and is being held in aid of the Missing People charity. The highest honour given by the Circle, the Dylis Powell Award for Excellence, is this year going to Helena Bonham Carter, the versatile star of such films as Sweeney Todd, A Room with a View and the Harry Potter series.