'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Tops London Film Critics' Circle Nominations

[caption id="attachment_100359" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Focus Features"]Gary Oldman and Benedict Cumberbatch in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"[/caption]

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is finally getting its awards season due.

Of course, leave it to the London Film Critics' Circle to show some love to the British spy thriller. The film scored six nominations, including Film of the Year and Actor of the Year for Gary Oldman.

"Drive" was also a strong contender, matching "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with six nominations overall as well as nods for Film of the Year and Actor of the Year for Ryan Gosling, while "A Separation" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin" earned five nominations each.

Founded in 1926, the London Film Critics' Circle has been presenting awards annually since 1980. In addition to recognizing cinematic excellence in general, the London Film Critics' Circle also gives out awards for the best in British film as well; this helps explain the nomination totals of films like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," which earned British Film of the Year and British Actor of the year for Oldman in addition to their nominations in the general categories.

"We Need to Talk About Kevin" similarly benefited, with nods in both the British and general categories for Film of the Year and Actress of the Year for Tilda Swinton, as did "Shame" and it's top actress Carey Mulligan.

French award season favorite "The Artist" also had a strong showing, with four nods including Film of the Year, Director of the Year (Michel Hazanavicius) and Actor of the Year (Jean Dujardin). And in a surprise, Glenn Close was snubbed for her role in "Albert Nobbs" despite playing a British lady.

Here is a complete list of nominees, courtesy of Deadline; winners will be announced on Jan. 19:

FILM OF THE YEAR

The Artist

Drive

A Separation

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Tree Of Life

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR

The Guard

Kill List

Shame

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need To Talk About Kevin

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

Mysteries Of Lisbon

Poetry

Le Quattro Volte

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Cave Of Forgotten Dreams

Dreams Of A Life

Pina

Project Nim

Senna

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Terrence Malick – The Tree Of Life

Lynne Ramsay – We Need To Talk About Kevin

Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR

Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Kenneth Lonergan – Margaret

Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash – The Descendants

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER

Richard Ayoade – Submarine

Paddy Considine – Tyrannosaur

Joe Cornish – Attack The Block

Andrew Haigh – Weekend

John Michael McDonagh – The Guard

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

George Clooney – The Descendants

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Michael Fassbender – Shame

Ryan Gosling – Drive

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia

Anna Paquin – Margaret

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Simon Russell Beale – The Deep Blue Sea

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Albert Brooks – Drive

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Michael Smiley - Kill List

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Sareh Bayat – A Separation

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Vanessa Redgrave – Coriolanus

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Tom Cullen – Weekend

Michael Fassbender – A Dangerous Method, Shame

Brendan Gleeson – The Guard

Peter Mullan – Tyrannosaur, War Horse

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Olivia Colman – The Iron Lady, Tyrannosaur

Carey Mulligan – Drive, Shame

Vanessa Redgrave – Anonymous , Coriolanus

Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin

Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

John Boyega – Attack the Block

Jeremy Irvine – War Horse

Yasmin Paige – Submarine

Craig Roberts - Submarine

Saoirse Ronan – Hanna

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Manuel Alberto Claro, cinematography – Melancholia

Paul Davies, sound design – We Need To Talk About Kevin

Maria Djurkovic, production design – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Dante Ferretti, production design – Hugo

Alberto Iglesias, original score – The Skin I Live In

Chris King & Gregers Sall, editing – Senna

Joe Letteri, visual effects – Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Cliff Martinez, original score – Drive

Robert Richardson, cinematography – Hugo

Robbie Ryan, cinematography – Wuthering Heights

EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Nicolas Roeg