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‘’71,’ ‘Pride,’ ‘Mr. Turner’ Lead Race for British Independent Film Awards

‘’71,' ‘Pride,’ ‘Mr. Turner’ Lead Race for British Independent Film Awards

The
Belfast-set thriller “’71”’s tally of nine nominations includes Best British
Independent Film, Best Director for Demange, Best Actor for Jack O’Connell and
Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris. Timothy Spall also received a Best Actor
nod for his role as J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s biopic. He’s also beaming on behalf of his son, Rafe Spall, nominated for “X+Y.” Timothy Spall and O’Connell will
go up against Asa Butterfield for
“X+Y”, Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game” and Brendan Gleeson
for “Calvary.”

The Best
Actress category is made up of Alicia
Vikander for “Testament Of Youth,” Cheng Pei Pei for “Lilting,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Belle,” Keira Knightley for “The
Imitation Game,” and, in her acting debut, Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for “Catch Me Daddy.”

Andrew Scott and Ben Schnetzer were both nominated in the Best
Supporting Actor category for “Pride,” alongside Michael Fassbender (“Frank”), Rafe Spall (“X & Y”) and Harris (“’71”).  Nominated for Best
Supporting Actress are Dorothy Atkinson for “Mr. Turner,” Imelda Staunton for “Pride,” Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Frank,” Sally Hawkins for “X+Y” and Sienna Guillory for “The
Goob.”
In the Best
Director category, Demange is joined by Leigh, John Michael McDonagh for “Calvary,” Lenny Abrahamson for “Frank” and
Matthew Warchus for “Pride.”

(Scroll down for the complete list of
nominations.)

Films most likely to see a boost in the British and American awards races are “The Imitation Game” and “Mr. Turner,” which will open in the U.S. this month. “Frank,” “Pride” and “Calvary” were well-reviewed stateside but didn’t gain much traction at the specialty box office. Foreign indie “Boyhood” leads the Oscar race. 

This year’s BIFA winners will be selected by a professional jury, also unveiled today. The jury’s chair is “The King’s
Speech” director Tom Hooper. He will be joined by writer-directors Jon S. Baird and Sean
Ellis; directors Thea Sharrock and Tinge Krishnan; actors Luke Treadaway,
Stanley Tucci and Zawe Ashton; producers Mary Burke and Tracy O’Riordan; film
critic Jonathan Romney; and programmer Shira Macleod.

This is the final year at the helm for BIFA joint directors Johanna von Fischer and
Tessa Collinson, who have substantially boosted the awards’ profile during
their nine-year tenure. They said in a joint statement: “The shortlist
demonstrates how the standard of creativity in British independent filmmaking
continues to flourish year on year. We are looking forward to seeing as
many of the nominees as possible at the Awards on 7 December to
celebrate their incredible achievements. It will be a very personal celebration
for us also, as the last of our Award Ceremonies as Joint Directors of BIFA.”

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
’71
Calvary
Mr Turner
Pride
The Imitation Game
BEST DIRECTOR
John Michael McDonagh – Calvary
Lenny Abrahamson – Frank
Matthew Warchus – Pride
Mike Leigh – Mr Turner
Yann Demange  – ’71
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe – Catch Me Daddy
Hong Khaou – Lilting
Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth
Morgan Matthews – X+Y
Yann Demange –  ’71
BEST SCREENPLAY
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Gregory Burke  – ’71 
John Michael McDonagh – Calvary
Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – Frank
Stephen Beresford – Pride
BEST ACTRESS
Alicia Vikander – Testament of Youth
Cheng Pei Pei – Lilting
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy
BEST ACTOR
Asa Butterfield  – X+Y
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Brendan Gleeson – Calvary
Jack O’Connell – ’71
Timothy Spall – Mr Turner
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Dorothy Atkinson – Mr Turner
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank
Sally Hawkins – X+Y
Sienna Guillory – The Goob
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Andrew Scott – Pride
Ben Schnetzer – Pride
Michael Fassbender – Frank
Rafe Spall – X+Y
Sean Harris – ‘71
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Ben Schnetzer – Pride
Cara Delevingne – The Face of An Angel
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
Liam Walpole – The Goob
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
’71
20,000 Days on Earth
Catch Me Daddy
Lilting
The Goob
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Chris Wyatt – Editing – ’71
Dick Pope – Cinematography – Mr Turner
Robbie Ryan – Cinematography – Catch Me Daddy
Stephen Rennicks – Music – Frank
Tat Radcliffe – Cinematography – ’71
BEST DOCUMENTARY
20,000 Days on Earth
Next Goal Wins
Night Will Fall
The Possibilities Are Endless
Virunga
BEST BRITISH SHORT
Crocodile
Emotional Fusebox
Keeping Up With The Joneses
Slap
The Kármán Line
BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
Blue Ruin
Boyhood
Fruitvale Station
Ida
The Badadook
THE RAINDANCE AWARD
Flim: The Movie…
Gregor
Luna
Keeping Rosy
The Beat Beneath My Feet

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