Irish Abroad: Irish lead nominations for 18th Moët British Independent Film Awards
The Irish dominate the nominees for the Moët British Independent Film Awards, announced this morning. Irish co-production The Lobster leads the pack with 7 nominations, for Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Producer of the Year. Colin Farrell is nominated for Best Actor, with Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw nominated for their supporting roles.
[quote title=”Ed Guiney – Element PicturesElement Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Element Pictu... More, Producer – The Lobster”]We are so thrilled that The Lobster has been recognised by the BIFAs with 7 nominations; it’s a huge testament to Yorgos and our amazing cast and crew. We are also delighted that Room has been nominated as best international film.[/quote]
Other Irish nominees include Lenny Abrahamson’s Roomin Best International Feature and Michael Fassbender for Best Actor in Macbeth. Father and son Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson are both nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Suffragette and Brooklyn, respectively. Brooklyn’s other nominations come for Nick Hornby’s Screenplay and for Best Actress Saoirse Ronan and Best Supporting Actress Julie Walters. The film’s Casting is also nominated, in the Outstanding Achievement in Craft category.
Amy Jump’s Screenplay for the Northern Irish co-production High-Rise, adapted from the novel by JG Ballard, is nominated. The film’s cast are recognised too: Tom Hiddleston is nominated for Best Actor, Sienna Miller for Supporting Actress and Luke Evans for Supporting Actor.
There were six nominations each for 45 Years and Macbethinclude Best British Independent Film and Best Director. 45 Years also has nominations for its screenplay, for Producer of the Year, and for its stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress and Macduff, Sean Harris, for Best Supporting Actor. The film’s Cinematography also gets a nod.
Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, has five nominations, for Director, Documentary, Producer of the Year, for its Editing and for Best British Independent Film.
Completing the Best British Independent Film line up is Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, which is nominated for Director and Screenplay. The film’s Production Design and Visual Effects are also recognised.
Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne-Marie Duff are all nominated for their performances in Suffragette. Alicia Vikander is nominated for Best Actress for her performance in The Danish Girl. Tom Hardy is nominated for Best Actor for his performance as both Kray twins in Legend.
There are five first-time performance nominees this year (Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Tom Hiddleston, Marion Cotillard and Luke Evans) and nine past winners: Tom Hardy, Brendan Gleeson Anne-Marie Duff, Olivia Colman, Michael Fassbender, Helena Bonham Carter, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw, who was BIFA’s Most Promising Newcomer in 2001.
This year’s Most Promising Newcomers are Agyness Deyn for Sunset Song, Mia Goth for Northern Irish director Stephen Fingleton’s The Survivalist, Abigail Hardingham for Nina Forever, Milo Parker for Mr Holmes, and Bel Powley for A Royal Night Out. Nina Forever and The Survivalist are both nominated for The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director for directors The Blaine Brothers and Stephen Fingleton. The other first-time directors nominated are John Maclean for Slow West, Corin Hardy for teh Irish co-production The Hallow and Paul Katis for Kajaki: The True Story, which is also nominated for Producer of the Year. The Violators is also nominated for Producer of the Year.
Nominated for Best Documentary along with Amy, are Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance, How to Change the World, Palio and A Syrian Love Story.
The nominations for the new Discovery Award, which recognises innovation and vision in lower-budget films, are Aaaaaaaah!, Burn Burn Burn, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, The Return and Winter. More information on these, and all the nominated films, is available on www.bifa.film.
[quote title=”Laurence Green – Chairman of the BIFA Board”]BIFA’s committed voters watched over 260 films this year – more than ever. After thousands of hours of viewing, nearly 30 jury meetings and two rounds of voting, their nominations cover a breathtaking range of British films and filmmaking talent. With the support of the BFI, BIFA is delighted to be making it possible for the public to see these films before the winners are announced, bringing them to cinemas right across the UK and so giving audiences the chance to discover the very best of British film for themselves.[/quote]
The winners will be announced at The Moët British Independent Film Awards on Sunday 6 December at Old Billingsgate. The event will be live streamed on www.bifa.film
Full list of nominees:
Best British Independent Film (Sponsored by Moët & Chandon) 45 Years Amy Ex Machina The Lobster Macbeth
Best Actor(Sponsored by Movado) Colin Farrell – The Lobster Michael Fassbender – Macbeth
Tom Courtenay – 45 Years
Tom Hardy – Legend
Tom Hiddleston – High-Rise
Best Supporting Actor
Ben Whishaw – The Lobster Brendan Gleeson – Suffragette Domhnall Gleeson – Brooklyn
Luke Evans – High-Rise
Sean Harris – Macbeth
Best Actress (Sponsored by M.A.C Cosmetics)
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Carey Mulligan – Suffragette
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Marion Cotillard – Macbeth Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actress
Anne Marie Duff – Suffragette
Helena Bonham Carter – Suffragette
Julie Walters – Brooklyn
Olivia Colman – The Lobster
Sienna Miller – High-Rise
Best Director 45 Years – Andrew Haigh Amy – Asif Kapadia Ex Machina – Alex Garland The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos Macbeth – Justin Kurzel
Best Documentary Amy Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance How to Change the World Palio A Syrian Love Story
The Douglas Hickox Award – Debut Director (Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios) The Hallow – Corin Hardy Kajaki: The True Story – Paul Katis Nina Forever – Chris Blaine, Ben Blaine Slow West – John Maclean The Survivalist – Stephen Fingleton
Best Screenplay (Sponsored by BBC Films) 45 Years – Andrew Haigh Brooklyn – Nick Hornby Ex Machina – Alex Garland High-Rise – Amy Jump The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Most Promising Newcomer (Sponsored by The London EDITION) Mr Holmes Nina Forever A Royal Night Out Sunset Song The Survivalist
Producer of the Year
Tristan Goligher – 45 Years
James Gay-Rees – Amy
Paul Katis, Andrew De Lotbiniere – Kajaki: The True Story
Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday – The Lobster
David A Hughes, David Moores – The Violators
Outstanding Achievement in Craft
Editing – Chris King Amy
Casting – Fiona Weir Brooklyn
Production Design – Mark Digby Ex Machina
VFX – Andrew Whitehurst Ex Machina
Cinematography – Adam Arkapaw Macbeth
The Discovery Award (Sponsored by Raindance) Aaaaaaaah! Burn Burn Burn Orion: The Man Who Would Be King The Return Winter
Best British Short Balcony Crack Edmond Love Is Blind MANoMAN
Best International Independent Film Carol Force Majeure Girlhood Room Son of Saul