Spy film up for critics' awards
Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the crime drama Drive lead the nominations for tonight's London Film Critics' Circle awards.
Gary Oldman - who plays George Smiley in the adaptation of John Le Carre's celebrated spy novel - is up for best actor and British actor, while the film is also nominated for best film, British film, screenwriter and technical achievement.
Drive, about a Hollywood stunt performer who ends up on a heist gone wrong, also has six nominations, including best film and best director for film-maker Nicolas Winding Refn.
Its star, Ryan Gosling, is up for best actor, while the movie also has nods in the supporting actor (Albert Brooks), British actress (Carey Mulligan) and technical achievement categories.
Golden Globe-winning star Meryl Streep is up for yet another prize for her performance as Lady Thatcher in The Iron Lady as she is in contention for the best actress title.
Michelle Williams is also up for the category for her role as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, alongside Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin), Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) and Anna Paquin (Margaret).
Along with Oldman and Gosling, best actor nominees are George Clooney for The Descendants, French star Jean Dujardin for the silent film The Artist and Michael Fassbender for Shame.
London Critics' Circle chairman Jason Solomons said the list honoured "the richness of world cinema and the fresh, cool takes on classic movie genres seen in films such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Drive and The Artist".
The awards are voted for by 120 British film critics, broadcasters and writers and winners will be announced at the ceremony which is being held at the BFI Southbank in London.