Oscaripped Tar and The Banshees Of Inisherin were the big winners at the London Critics’ Circle film awards picking up three and five awards respectively.
Psychological drama Tar, directed by Todd Field, stars Cate Blanchett as the complicated genius conductor of a German orchestra.
It was named film of the year at the May Fair Hotel ceremony yesterday while Academy Award winner Blanchett was named actress of the year and Field director of the year.
Meanwhile, British-Irish director Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Banshees Of Inisherin left the ceremony with five prizes – including screenwriter of the year for McDonagh, actor of the year for Colin Farrell and both supporting actor and actress for Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon respectively.
The win continues Farrell’s successful awards season run, after scooping his first Oscar nomination for best actor, and receiving a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) gong for his performance as Pádraic Súilleabháin.
The film about friendship, which co-stars Brendan Gleeson, also picked up the Attenborough Award for British Irish film of the year.
Another Irish title, An Cailín Ciúin which is being promoted with its English title The Quiet Girl won foreign language film of the year in a tie win alongside Park Chan-wook’s thriller Decision To Leave.
Meanwhile, Michelle Yeoh was presented with the critics’ top prize, the Dilys Powell award for excellence in film for her role as Evelyn Wang in Everything Everywhere All At Once.
The event proved a reunion for Aftersun stars Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio, who played father and daughter in Charlotte Wells’ film.
Teenager Corio won the young British/Irish performer award for her role as Sophie while Mescal was on hand to accept Wells’ Philip French award for breakthrough British/Irish filmmaker.