British Independent Film Award Nominations

"The King's Speech" led the BIFAs with 8 nominations, followed by "Never Let Me Go," "Monsters" and "The Arbor" with 6. Satirical jihad-tale "Four Lions" (above) scooped up 5 nods.


The British Independent Film Awards are to the BAFTAs what the Independent Spirit Awards are the Oscars stateside; they’ve often provided some of my favorite nominations of the season, recognizing some fantastic performances and films that went otherwise unnoticed. Last year’s proceedings featured a stellar lineup including “An Education,” “In the Loop,” “Moon,” “Nowhere Boy,” “Fish Tank” and “Bright Star,” and there were a few genuinely inspired choices, including Best Actor for Tom Hardy in “Bronson.”

This year’s nominations are a bit…well, wacko. You would expect Mike Leigh’s “Another Year” would’ve been a smash hit here, but the film couldn’t even manage a screenplay nomination, which is fairly astounding. Then again, Leigh’s films have always been more well-received here in the U.S. than in Leigh’s homeland, strangely enough. Still, the Best Picture nominees have a distinctly mainstream taste this year; one wonders where exactly we’re drawing the line between independent and studio fare these days (“Kick-Ass??” Really??) Some people are now panicking that “Another Year” could go the way of “Happy-Go-Lucky” a couple years ago and flame out in the awards cycle, but I’ll still stand behind it for the moment. “Happy-Go-Lucky” was, in the end, not much more than a vehicle for Sally Hawkins’ considerable talents (besides her performance, I must admit I was never really a fan of the film), and the reviews for “Another Year” indicate it is a far more complete effort. An Original Screenplay nod is all but certain, anyway (even “Happy-Go-Lucky” managed that one), and strong writing + loads of talented, respected British actors is always a good base for a Best Picture campaign.

Anyway, here are the BIFA nominations; I’m particularly intrigued/excited by the nods for “Four Lions,” “Monsters” and “The Illusionist.”

Best British Independent Film

  • Four Lions
  • Kick-Ass
  • The King’s Speech
  • Monsters
  • Never Let Me Go

Best Director:

  • Mike Leigh, “Another Year”
  • Matthew Vaughn, “Kick-Ass”
  • Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
  • Gareth Edwards, “Monsters”
  • Mark Romanek, “Never Let Me Go”

Best Debut Director:

  • Debs Gardner Paterson, “Africa United”
  • Clio Barnard, “The Arbor”
  • Rowan Joffe, “Brighton Rock”
  • Chris Morris, “Four Lions”
  • Gareth Edwards, “Monsters”

Best Actor:

  • Riz Ahmed, “Four Lions”
  • Jim Broadbent, “Another Year”
  • Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
  • Aidan Gillen, “Treacle Jr.”
  • Scoot McNairy, “Monsters”

Best Actress:

  • Sally Hawkins, “Made in Dagenham”
  • Carey Mulligan, “Never Let Me Go”
  • Andrea Riseborough, “Brighton Rock”
  • Ruth Sheen, “Another Year”
  • Manjinder Virk, “The Arbor”

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Andrew Garfield, “Never Let Me Go”
  • Bob Hoskins, “Made in Dagenham”
  • Kayvan Novak, “Four Lions”
  • Guy Pearce, “The King’s Speech”
  • Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
  • Tamsin Greig, “Tamara Drewe”
  • Keira Knightley, “Never Let Me Go”
  • Lesley Manville, “Another Year”
  • Rosamund Pike, “Made in Dagenham”

Best Screenplay:

  • Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell, Chris Morris, “Four Lions”
  • Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, “Kick-Ass”
  • David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”
  • William Ivory, “Made in Dagenham”
  • Alex Garland, “Never Let Me Go”

Most Promising Newcomer:

  • Joanne Froggatt, “In Our Name”
  • Tom Hughes, “Cemetary Junction”
  • Conor McCarron, “Neds”
  • Andre Riseborough, “Brighton Rock”
  • Manjinder Virk, “The Arbor”

Best Technical Achievement:

  • Tim Barker (sound), “The Arbor”
  • John Mathieson (cinematography), “Brighton Rock”
  • Sylvain Chomet (animation), “The Illusionist”
  • Eve Stewart (production design), “The King’s Speech”
  • Gareth Edwards (visual effects), “Monsters”

Best Foreign Film:

  • Dogtooth
  • I Am Love
  • A Prophet
  • The Secret in Their Eyes
  • Winter’s Bone

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