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’71 tops BIFA nominations list with 9 nods

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Northern Ireland Troubles drama '71 leads the BIFA nominations

Northern Ireland Troubles drama ’71 leads the BIFA nominations

The drama ’71, set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, has picked up the most nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards, including nods for Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Yann Demange and Best Actor for Jack O’Connell.

Pride, about a group of gay activists who raised money for striking miners in the 1980s, picked up seven nominations, among them, for Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Matthew Warchus, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Imelda Staunton and Best Supporting Actor for Ben Schnetzer, who’s also in the running for the Most Promising Newcomer prize.

He’ll be up against Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, who picked up the corresponding award last month at the London Film Festival, for Catch Me Daddy, which has five nominations, alongside Frank and the JMW Turner biopic Mr Turner. John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary has four.

The BIFAs, set up by the Raindance film organisation in 1998, honour films with budgets under twenty million industry standard dollars, largely funded from the UK and screened to a paying audience in Britain – either on general release or at a film festival – between December last year and the end of this month.

The winners of the British Independent Film Awards, chosen by a jury chaired by the Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper, will be announced at a ceremony on 7th December at Old Billingsgate on the Thames. Hooper, whose The King’s Speech won five BIFAs in 2010, before going on to win big at the Oscars, said, “It has been an extremely strong year for filmmaking here in Britain and I am looking forward to helping the very best of this year’s independent films, get the recognition they deserve.”

The full list of nominees is:

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 [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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