Monday, November 5, 2012

British Independent Film Award Nominees

I think two films in particular received a boost from these nominees. Now a disclamier must be put out that like the Indie Spirits and American critics' groups awards, these do not correlate or cross over with the BAFTA nominees. But they keep films in the conversation, and show the popularity and strength of films as a whole. So two films show some strength that could carry them to BAFTA and maybe Oscar recognition. The first is in the foreign category with the nomination of Beasts of the Southern Wild. If it plays well in the UK, maybe it will have some broader support than many, including myself, thinks it does at the moment. The other is the big British hit of the year, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It's crossover into the mainstream movie markets did not stop the independent film industry from honoring it, and it also boosts its awards haul going into the onslaught of the BAFTA/Oscar season. If it can garner enough support from the British members within the Academy (along with the elderly voters of all nationalities who probably loved it), it could make a surprising impact and score a few Oscar, and definitely BAFTA, nominations.

Best British Independent Film
Berberian Sound Studio"
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
"The Imposter"

Best Director
Peter Strickland, "Berberian Sound Studio"
John Madden, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
Rufus Norris, "Broken"
Bart Layton, "The Imposter"
Ben Wheatley, "Sightseers"

Best Actor
Riz Ahmed, "Ill Manors"
Toby Jones, "Berberian Sound Studio"
Steve Oram, "Sightseers"
Tim Roth, "Broken"
Terence Stamp, "Song for Marion"

Best Actress
Judi Dench, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
Elle Fanning, "Ginger & Rosa"
Alice Lowe, "Sightseers"
Andrea Riseborough, "Shadow Dancer"
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"

Best Supporting Actor
Billy Connolly, "Quartet"
Domnhall Gleeson, "Shadow Dancer"
Rory Kinnear, "Broken"
Cillian Murphy, "Broken"
Tom Wilkinson, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

Best Supporting Actress
Olivia Colman, "Hyde Park on Hudson"
Eileen Davies, "Sightseers"
Alice Englert, "Ginger & Rosa"
Vanessa Redgrave, "Song for Marion"
Maggie Smith, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

Best Screenplay
Peter Strickland, "Berberian Sound Studio"
Mark O'Rowe, "Broken"
Abi Morgan, "The Iron Lady"
Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Amy Jump, "Sightseers"
Paul Andrew Williams, "Song for Marion"

Best International Independent Film
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"The Hunt"
"Rust and Bone"
"Searching for Sugar Man"

Best Documentary
"Dreams of a Life"
"The Imposter"
"London: The Modern Babylon"
"Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir"

Best Technical Achievement
Nic Knowland (cinematography), "Berberian Sound Studio"
Joakim Sundstrom and Stevie Haywood (sound design), "Berberian Sound Studio"
Electric Wave Bureau (music), "Broken"
Robbie Ryan (cinematography), "Ginger & Rosa"
Andrew Hulme (editing), "The Imposter"

Best Debut Director (Douglas Hickox Award)
Ben Drew, "Ill Manors"
Sally El Hosaini, "My Brother the Devil"
Bart Layton, "The Imposter"
Rufus Norris, "Broken"
Rowan Athale, "Wasteland"

Most Promising Newcomer
Zawe Ashton, "Dreams of a Life"
Paul Brannigan, "The Angels' Share"
James Floyd, "My Brother the Devil"
Eloise Laurence, "Broken"
Elliott Tittensor, "Spike Island"

Best Achievement in Production
"Berberian Sound Studio"
"Ill Manors"
"The Imposter"
"The Sweeney"

Raindance Award
"City Slacker"
"Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet"
"Love Tomorrow"

Best Short Film

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