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London film critics back Gardener
The Constant Gardener
Fiennes and Weisz are nominated for UK acting prizes
The Constant Gardener and Pride and Prejudice lead nominations at the London Film Critics' Circle awards.

Pride and Prejudice has eight nominations while The Constant Gardener has seven, including best film.

They compete in the UK film category while The Constant Gardener's Rachel Weisz is nominated for best UK actress.

Johnny Depp and Heath Ledger compete in the actor of the year category. The ceremony takes place on 8 February at London's Dorchester Hotel.

British diplomat

Pride and Prejudice actor Matthew MacFadyen and director Joe Wright are nominated in the UK newcomer category, with Wright also shortlisted for the UK director prize.

Performances in the film by Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Rosamund Pike and Tom Hollander earned them UK actress, supporting actress and actor nominations.

The Constant Gardener is the story of a British diplomat played by Ralph Fiennes, who is shortlisted for the UK actor prize.

Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice star Knightley competes for the UK actress prize
It is also nominated in the UK film of the year, screenwriter and producer categories, while Fernando Meirelles competes for the director award.

The Constant Gardener competes against Crash, A History of Violence, Brokeback Mountain and King Kong for the film of the year award.

Juliette Binoche competes in the actress of the year category for Hidden, against King Kong's Naomi Watts and Kinsey's Laura Linney among others.

Depp and Ledger are shortlisted for actor of the year for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Brokeback Mountain respectively.

They compete with Hotel Rwanda's Don Cheadle, A History of Violence's Viggo Mortensen and Downfall's Bruno Ganz.

World War II drama Downfall has also been nominated for the foreign film award, with Hidden, The Sea Inside, The Beat My Heart Skipped and The Chorus.

The London Film Critics' Circle is made up of 100 reviewers who write for newspapers and magazines published all over the UK.

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