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12 Years a Slave wins top prize from London Critics

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Feb 02, 2014 | 10:26pm EST

12 Years A Slave continued its winning streak by taking the top prize at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards on Sunday (02Feb14). The film, which went into the ceremony with nine nominations, took home three, including the coveted Film of the Year, Actor of the Year for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Supporting Actress of the Year for Lupita Nyong'o. However, the movie's auteur Steve McQueen missed out on a trophy in his hometown - the Director Of The Year prize went to Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron. Cate Blanchett was named Actress of the Year for Blue Jasmine, while newcomer Barkhad Abdi earned the Supporting Actor of the Year award for Captain Phillips. James McAvoy (Filth/Trance/Welcome to the Punch) and Dame Judi Dench (Philomena) were named British Actor and Actress of the Year. The ceremony opened with a touching tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose death was announced hours before the event took place. Steve Coogan paid homage to Hoffman at the awards, saying, "There are actors and there are movie stars and sometimes they're both but he was an actor first and a movie star second. He did some tremendous work. Everything he was in he raised the quality of his film just by his presence. "People have different opinions about actors but you wouldn't find anybody who would have a bad word to say about any of his performances, they were all incredibly nuanced." At the 2013 London Critics' Circle Awards, Hoffman was honoured with the Supporting Actor of the Year prize for his role in The Master.

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