London Critics' Circle Film Awards 2014 - 12 Years a Slave top of the accolades

Once again, Screen Scenes' Claire Bicknell had the pleasure of helping out at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards 2014 with live tweeting @londoncritics from the red carpet at the May Fair hotel and announcing the prestigious awards live on Twitter on the evening.
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave emerged victorious from the Sunday night awards, with three gongs including the coveted Film of the Year.
McQueen on the evening said the pressure was on for his next project!
Actor of the Year went to Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave, whilst Cate Blanchett was recognised for Blue Jasmine with Actress of the Year.
The Supporting Actor nod went to Barkhad Abdi for his tremendous performance in Captain Phillips, and Lupita Nyong'o picked up a well-deserved best Supporting Actress accolade for 12 Years a Slave.
The London Critics' Circle Film Awards also recognise the Best of British; The Selfish Giant scooping British Film of the Year, and James McAvoy and Dame Judi Dench both sending video message acceptances after they won British Actor and British Actress respectively.
Other nods on the evening went to Director of the Year Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity, Screenwriter of the Year to Ethan & Joel Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis, Foreign-language Film of the Year for Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Documentary of the Year to The Act of Killing, Young British Performer of the Year to Conner Chapman for The Selfish Giant, Breakthrough British Filmmaker to Jon S Baird for Filth, and the Technical Achievement Award to Tim Webber for special effects in Gravity.
We also like this photo of Gary Oldman holding up his special Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, presented to him by the fantastic John Hurt. Gary received two standing ovations from the VIP crowd, as he cited John as being an influence and an inspiration. It kind of looks like he's doing the robot in this pic, which would be amazing, but it's really his award!
Very sadly, the tragic news about Philip Seymour Hoffman's death broke as the red carpet started for the event. Film critic Jason Solomons opened the awards with this devastating news, and paid tribute to the actor who had previously won the Supporting Actor award for The Master in 2013. All guests stood immediately to show their respect to the late actor, and many also wanted to pay their tributes on the red carpet with Gary Oldman, John Hurt and Steve Coogan all giving interviews to the press.