Mulligan received two of those seven nods -- for Actress of the Year and British Actress of the Year -- while Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike and Olivia Williams were selected in the British supporting actor categories, and Nick Hornby scored a nomination for his 'An Education' screenplay. London has spoken. Or at least the London Film Critics' Circle, which for its 30th annual awards has announced a total of seven nominations for 'An Education,' Lone Scherfig's coming-of-age feature that has now turned actress Carey Mulligan into an increasingly likely contender for a 2010 Oscar.
Mulligan received two of those seven nods -- for Actress of the Year and British Actress of the Year -- while Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike and Olivia Williams were selected in the British Supporting Actor categories, and Nick Hornby scored a nomination for his 'An Education' screenplay.
Other notable acting nominations included, for Actor of the Year, Jeff Bridges in 'Crazy Heart,' George Clooney for 'Up in the Air,' Tahar Rahim for 'A Prophet,' Michael Stuhlbarg for 'A Serious Man' and Christoph Waltz for 'Inglourious Basterds.' For Actress of the Year, in addition to Mulligan, there is Abbie Cornish for 'Bright Star,' Vera Farmiga for 'Up in the Air,' Mo'Nique for 'Precious' and Meryl Streep for 'Julie and Julia.'
'Avatar,' 'The Hurt Locker,' 'A Prophet,' 'Up in the Air' and 'The White Ribbon' were all honored with Best Film nods -- and, per the Critics' rules, for Best Director as well, going to James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Jacques Audiard, Jason Reitman and Michael Haneke, respectively.
The critics distinguish Best Film contenders from those up for Best British Film. This category includes, in addition to 'An Education,' 'Bright Star,' 'Fish Tank,' 'In the Loop' and 'Moon.' The Best British Director category includes Andrea Arnold for 'Fish Tank,' Armando Iannucci for 'In the Loop,' Duncan Jones for 'Moon,' Kevin Macdonald for 'State of Play' and Sam Taylor-Wood for 'Nowhere Boy.'
To honor his body of work, Quentin Tarantino will receive the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema. The Awards are set to take place on Thu., Feb. 18.