Oscar hopefuls earn Critics' Awards
Colin Firth and Carey Mulligan scooped the British Actor and Actress Of The Year gongs at the 30th Annual London Film Critics' Circle Awards.
Oscar nominee Colin was honoured for his role in A Single Man, while fellow Academy Award nominee Carey received the prize for An Education.
Quentin Tarantino picked up the ceremony's highest honour, the Dilys Powell Award For Excellence In Cinema.
Colin said of the reviews for A Single Man: "If someone asked me to choose between the gongs and the words that I've been getting for the film, it would be a tough choice, because whether or not we admit to it we rather like these (awards).
"But I've never had stuff like this. It's of such a personal nature and it feels so heartfelt, and it's come from quarters which I would never have expected."
Carey said she was delighted to be returning home to Britain to collect her award. "I'm hugely flattered," she said.
Tarantino told the London Film Critics circle: "I'm a big fan of film criticism, not necessarily people who practise it but the idea of film criticism. If I wasn't a filmmaker I'd be a film critic. It's about the only thing I'd be qualified to do."
Christoph Waltz, star of Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, was named Actor Of The Year. Actress Of The Year went to Mo'Nique for Precious.
British drama Fish Tank received four awards, with Andrea Arnold named British Director Of The Year. Kathryn Bigelow was given the Director Of The Year prize for The Hurt Locker. Screenwriter Of The Year went to Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Toni Roche for In The Loop.
The ceremony is the only one of its kind that benefits a charity, and has been supporting the NSPCC for 15 years.