The Souvenir directed by Joanna Hogg
The Souvenir directed by Joanna Hogg

Bong Joon Ho’s darkcomedy Parasite came out on top at the 40th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, winning Film of the Year and Director of the Year for Bong. The Souvenir, Joanna Hogg’s bittersweet 1980s memoir was named British/Irish Film of the Year and its 22-year-old leading lady Honor Swinton Byrne received the Young British/Irish Performer award.

Joanna Hogg was one of four female directors honored at the evening, which also saw French auteur Céline Sciamma win Foreign Language Film of the Year for her sensual period romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire, with Syrian journalist-turned-filmmaker Waad Al-Kateab, alongside co-director Edward Watts, taking Documentary of the Year for her shattering Syrian civil war diary For Sama.

Other winners included Cornish director Mark Jenkin, named Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker for his microbudget indie hit Bait; and Dylan Holmes Williams, whose surreal The Devil’s Harmony was named British/Irish Short Film of the Year.

Winners of the 40th London Film Critics’ Circle Award

FILM OF THE YEAR
Parasite

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
For Sama

BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR: The Attenborough Award
The Souvenir

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Renée Zellweger – Judy

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Laura Dern – Marriage Story

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Joe Pesci – The Irishman

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Florence Pugh

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Robert Pattinson

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Honor Swinton Byrne

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: The Philip French Award
Mark Jenkin – Bait

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR
The Devil’s Harmony

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – production design, Barbara Ling

THE DILYS POWELL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Sally Potter

THE DILYS POWELL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Sandy Powell

40TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Aardman

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