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Moonlight and Love & Friendship lead London Critics' Circle nominations

Naomie Harris and Kate Beckinsale Image copyright Getty Images / AP
Image caption Harris is nominated as best supporting actress, while Beckinsale is given a nod for best actress

Moonlight and Love & Friendship lead the nominations at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards, earning seven nods apiece from UK film reviewers.

Moonlight tells the story of a boy growing up gay, black and poor in Miami and stars Andre Holland and Naomie Harris.

Its nominations include film of the year, director of the year and best supporting actress for Harris.

Love & Friendship is an 18th Century romance drama starring Kate Beckinsale.

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She is nominated in the actress of the year and British or Irish actress categories, while the film itself is also nominated for British or Irish film of the year.

Moonlight and Love & Friendship face competition from eight other movies in the film of the year category, including La La Land and Manchester by the Sea.

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Image caption Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in La La Land

American Honey, Fire at Sea, Nocturnal Animals, Son of Saul, Toni Erdmann and I, Daniel Blake are also nominated.

I, Daniel Blake, which is directed by Ken Loach, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

It has picked up four London Critics' Circle nominations, including acting nods for Hayley Squires and Dave Johns.

Manchester By The Sea's five nominations follows the movie's naming as the National Board of Review's best film of 2016.

La La Land, which has also picked up five nominations, leads the pack for next month's Golden Globes.

The Critics' Circle's Film section membership is made up of more than 145 broadcasters, critics and writers.

The ceremony takes place on 22 January in London and will be hosted by Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.

The full list of nominations is available on the London Critics' Circle website.

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