WINNING: 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen
STEVE MCQUEEN'S Oscar nominated drama 12 Years a Slave has scooped the most prizes at the London Critics' Circle Film awards yesterday.
The film, which has already enjoyed Golden Globe success and is tipped to shine at the Oscars, won film of the year while the film's star, Chiwetel Eijiofor was named actor of the year, and his co-star Lupita Nyong'o won best supporting actress.
Based on a true story, Steve McQueen said he “felt much love for this film,” which created “such interesting, stimulating debate”.
But as he celebrated yet another accolade, he declared that the review that meant the most to him was from his mother.
Asked whose praise was most important to him he said: “My mum, my mum above all!”
The awards took place exactly four weeks before the Oscars in Hollywood.
HONOURED: British actor Chiwetel Eijiofor was named actor of the year
12 Years a Slave is considered the front-runner for best picture, and it has nine nominations in total, including McQueen for best director.
It also has 10 nominations for the Bafta Film Awards, two weeks away on February 16.
Film critic Jason Solomons opened the awards at the May Fair hotel in London by paying tribute to the late actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman - who was last year named best supporting for his performance in The Master.
THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Film of the Year
12 Years a Slave
Foreign-language Film of the Year
Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Documentary of the Year
The Act of Killing
British Film of the Year
The Selfish Giant
Director of the Year
Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
Screenwriter of the Year
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis
Actor of the Year
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Actress of the Year
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Supporting Actor of the Year
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Supporting Actress of the Year
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
British Actor of the Year
James McAvoy - Filth / Trance / Welcome to the Punch
British Actress of the Year
Judi Dench - Philomena
Young British Performer of the Year
Conner Chapman - The Selfish Giant
Breakthrough British Filmmaker
Jon S Baird - Filth
Technical Achievement Award
Gravity - Tim Webber, special effects
Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film