If I understand correctly, the London Film Critics’ Circle is part of a larger organization, The Critics’ Circle, which makes an annual award for Services to the Arts. This circle is comprised of the five sections: dance, drama, film, music, and visual arts.
On its website, The Circle says that its aims are “to promote the art of criticism, to uphold its integrity in practice, to foster and safeguard members’ professional interests, to provide opportunities to meet, and to support the advancement of the arts.” Currently there are 430 members of the Circle, mostly from the UK, and the majority of them write regularly for national and regional newspapers and magazines. Membership is by invitation.
Thursday night, the film critics announced their 2010 film award winners.
Winners list of 31st London Critics’ Circle Film Awards:
* FILM OF THE YEAR: ‘The Social Network’
* DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: David Fincher – ‘The Social Network’
* SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR: Aaron Sorkin – ‘The Social Network’
* ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Colin Firth – ‘The King’s Speech’
* ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Annette Bening – ‘The Kids Are All Right’
* THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR: ‘The King’s Speech’
* BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Tom Hooper – ‘The King’s Speech’
* BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Christian Bale – “The Fighter”
* BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Lesley Manville – ‘Another Year’
* BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Andrew Garfield – ‘The Social Network’
* BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Olivia Williams – ‘The Ghost’
* YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: Conor McCarron – ‘NEDs’
* BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER: Gareth Edwards – ‘Monsters’
* DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM: Kristin Scott Thomas
* FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR: 'Of Gods and Men'