December 18, 2006 05:06:14 GMT
"The Queen" leads the competition with seven nominations, notably that for Best Film of the Year.
One of the five sections of The Critics' Circle started in 1913 as an association for working British critics, the London Film Critics' Circle has revealed the list of film titles and names competing for its ALFS Awards, which will be presented on February 8, 2007 at the Dorchester Hotel, London.
As many have expected, Miramax's acclaimed British royal family drama "The Queen" became the most-nominated feature for the event, scoring down seven nods that included top honor Best Film of the Year alongside four other lauded features namely "United 93", "Little Miss Sunshine", "The Departed" and "Volver."
Meanwhile, its lead star Helen Mirren satisfyingly landed double nominations in Best Actress and Best British Actress categories which another highly regarded thespian Judi Dench also scored through her performance in "Notes on a Scandal."
Trailed behind "The Queen" was "The Last King of Scotland" as the Fox Searchlight release wonderfully garnered five nods, two of them were for its stars Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy who races against Sacha Baron Cohen of "Borat" and Timothy Spall of "Pierrepont" for Best British Actor of the Year title.