Each year, the Critics’ Circle in London sits down to assess some of the best contributions to the arts community, and honor them through the London Critics Awards.
Their choices aren’t just limited to film, either, which is the case for many such organizations. Instead, the Critics’ Circle works to promote the arts throughout the United Kingdom and the world with a special focus on film, dance, drama, art, and music. Each specialty has a unique group of individuals who make decisions concerning awards, and together, these groups make up the Critics’ Circle and the London Critics Awards.
The Critics’ Circle
The Critics’ Circle is a UK-based non-profit organization, committed to furthering and supporting the local, national, and international arts community. According to their history, they can date themselves back, in some shape or form, to the early 1900s. Since that time, they’ve worked collaboratively with other film festivals and arts organizations in order to support artists in various forms. Awards are one of the primary focuses of the Critics’ Circle, which boasts some 300 plus members across the span of their five sections. Members are by invitation only, and awards are voted on by said members.
London Critics Awards
According to the Critics’ Circle, they support five sections of the arts community: film, drama, music, art, and dance. Of those five sections, dance, drama, and film each have their own awards show annually. The London Film Critics Awards, perhaps the most well known of these three awards ceremonies, takes place each February in London. Recent winners have included international films such as “Unforgiven” and national films such as “Slumdog Millionaire.”
In addition to the London Film Critics Awards, the Critics’ Circle also sponsors and handles the National Dance Awards. This awards ceremony takes place each January, also in London. While the London Film Critics Awards are given to both British and international films, the National Dance Awards are reserved for British dancers, choreographers, and dance productions. Examples of award categories include children’s dance productions and the Jane Attenborough Dance UK Industry Award.
Finally, the Critics’ Circle gives awards for drama. The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards take place annually, again in London. Recent winners of Best Play have included “Rock N’ Roll” and “Harvest.” Awards are also given to actors, actresses, directors, and Shakespearean performances.
The Critics’ Circle gives some of the most well-respected and prestigious awards for contributions in the arts each year.
Critics’ Circle; Drama; http://www.criticscircle.org.uk/drama/
National Dance Awards; http://www.nationaldanceawards.com/index.htm
Critics’ Circle; Film; http://www.criticscircle.org.uk/film/
Critics’ Circle; History; http://www.criticscircle.org.uk/history/