BIFA nominations Announced

'71, Pride lead BIFA nominations

3 November, 2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pride, Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mr Turner also score multiple nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, where Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall will compete for best actor. The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper to chair jury.

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Yann Demange’s ‘71 leads the nominations for the 17thMoët British Independent Film Awards, announced today in London by actor Jared Harris.

The thriller, about a British soldier on the run through the dangerous streets of 1971 Belfast, scored nine nominations including: Best British Independent Film; Best Director and Debut Director for Demange; Best Screenplay for Gregory Burke; Best Actor for Jack O’Connell and Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris.

The film first launched at Berlin in February and won the Golden Athena at the Athens International Film Festival in September.

‘71 will go up against CalvaryMr TurnerPride and The Imitation Game for the top prize.

Matthew Warchus’s gay activist drama Pride picked up seven nominations while Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank and Daniel Wolfe’s feature debutCatch Me Daddy.

Nominations for Best Actress go to Alicia Vikander forTestament Of Youth; Cheng Pei Pei for Lilting; Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Belle; Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game and Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for Catch Me Daddy.

Leading men hoping to take home the Best Actor award include Asa Butterfield for X+Y; Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game; Brendan Gleeson for Calvary; Jack O’Connell for ’71 and Timothy Spall for Mr Turner.  

Best Supporting Actor nominations go to Andrew Scott and Ben Schnetzer, both for Pride; Michael Fassbender for Frank; Rafe Spall for X+Y and Sean Harris for ’71.

Dorothy Atkinson for Mr Turner; Imelda Staunton forPride; Maggie Gyllenhaal for Frank; Sally Hawkins forX+Y and Sienna Guillory for The Goob are all nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award.

Directors who have delivered debuts this year and are competing for the Douglas Hickox Award are Daniel Wolfe and Matthew Wolfe for Catch Me Daddy; Hong Khaou for Lilting; Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard for 20,000 Days On Earth; Morgan Matthews for X+Y and Yann Demange for ’71.

The Raindance Award nominees for 2014 include: Flim: The MovieGregorLunaKeeping Rosy and The Beat Beneath My Feet. This award honours exceptional achievement for filmmakers working against the odds, often with little or no industry support. 

Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance Film Festival and the BIFAs said the nominations indicated “a bumper year for British films”.

The pre-selection committee of over 70 members viewed more than 250 films this year, out of which they selected the nominations, which were decided by ballot.

The winners will be decided by a jury chaired by Tom Hooper, director of Oscar, Bafta and BIFA winner The King’s Speech.

The jury will comprise Jonathan Romney, Jon S Baird, Luke Treadaway, Mary Burke, Sean Ellis, Shira Macleod, Stanley Tucci, Thea Sharrock, Tinge Krishnan, Tracy O’Riordan and Zawe Ashton.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Dec 7 at Old Billingsgate in London.

As announced in September, it will mark the final awards for the long-standing BIFAs directors, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson.

In a joint statement, the pair said: “It will be a very personal celebration for us also, as the last in a wonderful nine award ceremonies as joint directors of BIFA.”

BIFA nominations

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

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  • ‘71
  • Calvary
  • Mr Turner
  • Pride
  • The Imitation Game

BEST DIRECTOR

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  • John Michael McDonagh – Calvary
  • Lenny Abrahamson – Frank
  • Matthew Warchus – Pride
  • Mike Leigh – Mr Turner
  • Yann Demange  – ‘71

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

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  • 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

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  • Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
  • Gregory Burke  – ‘71 
  • John Michael McDonagh – Calvary
  • Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – Frank
  • Stephen Beresford – Pride

BEST ACTRESS

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)
TBA

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Announced at the awards on Dec 7


Source: http://www.screendaily.com/awards/71-pride-lead-bifa-nominations/5079366.article?blocktitle=LATEST-FILM-NEWS&contentID=40562