Check out the list of nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards. Sure, there’s plenty to admire about their decisions: Love for the brilliant documentary “The Arbor,” as well as “Monsters,” and “Four Lions,” is all deserved and gives boosts to small films that need it. But seriously – what is up with the snub of “Another Year” in the best film category? After giving Mike Leigh loads of love for “Vera Drake” back in 2004, the BIFAs screwed him over for “Happy-Go-Lucky” (no best film, screenplay or director nominations) and then they do it again this year for “Another Year,” snubbing it in the film and screenplay categories in favour of “Kick Ass”!?? “Another Year” is a remarkable film that represents the best of the British independent film industry in a ridiculously greater way than “Kick Ass,” which is a fun film but a) is nothing near the achievement of “Another Year,” b) doesn’t feel distinctively British and c) while its $28 million is thrifty, it’s not exactly “indie” either.
Had I got to pick the main category?
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
The King’s Speech
with Exit Through The Gift Shop and Monsters quite suitable alternatives…
Here’s hoping the BIFAs don’t do something even more ridiculous and at least give “Year”‘s trio of nominated cast members – Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville – some love come the night of the ceremony. In 2008, Sally Hawkins bizarrely lost her award for ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ to Vera Farmiga’s work in “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.” If Manville specifically loses to say, Keira Knightley, that would be downright criminal.