The London Film Critics' Circle announced the nominees for their 26th annual awards today, and the most-recognized film was Fernando Meirelles' John le Carré adaptation, The Constant Gardener. (Pride & Prejudice actually earned eight nominations, but many of them were in British-only categories.) The film received seven nominations, including for film of the year and best director, though the film was shut out in the acting categories. Also in the running for film of the year are King Kong, Crash, A History of Violence and, of course, Brokeback Mountain. Fighting it out with Meirelles for best director is a group that is mostly made up of the usual suspects: Ang Lee, Peter JacksonDavid Cronenberg, and Paul Haggis.

Overseas awards are always interesting to look at because they tend to have a broader scope than ours do and, though some categories are pretty much what we've come to expect, there are nevertheless a few surprises among the acting nominees. For example, Johnny Depp (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Bruno Ganz (Downfall) are both up for best actor, as is Don Cheadle, who is being recognized for his work in both Crash and Hotel Rwanda. In addition, Catalina Sandino Moreno, the young star of Maria Full of Grace, is a best actress nominee.

The London Film Critics will name their winners on February 8.
categories Awards, Cinematical