Fruitvale station and Belle nominated for British Independent Film Awards

A great year for Independent film makers


Nominations for the 2014 British Independent Film awards have been announced. Northern Ireland thriller ’71 leads the list of nominations with 9 nods including best British film, best director  and best actor, while Pride and Mr Turner each have 5 nominations.

Super model of the moment Cara Delevingne also gets a nomination for most promising new comer. Although no black Brit independent film made the cut, there was recognition for American films Fruitvale Station and Belle, both nominated for Best International Independent Film and Best actress respectively.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as "Dido Elizabeth Belle" and Sarah Gadon as "Elizabeth Murray"

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as “Dido Elizabeth Belle” and Sarah Gadon as “Elizabeth Murray”

Fruitvale station is a film based on the true story of African America Oscar Grant who was shot dead by Police in America while Belle is the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay.

Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund said, “British independent films and talent have taken the world by storm this year, winning international awards and pulling in audiences at home and abroad. We’re very proud of the BIFA nominees supported by the BFI, including Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, which has filled UK cinemas this weekend, to Pride, ’71, Calvary, Frank, Testament of Youth, Belle, Catch Me Daddy, X+Y, The Goob, 20,000 Days on Earth and Night Will Fall.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Old Billingsgate, London on Sunday 7 December.

See the full list of nominees below

Best British independent film

Mr. Turner
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 

20,000 Days on Earth
Catch Me Daddy
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

Best British short

Emotional Fusebox
Keeping Up with the Joneses
The Kármán Line

Best international independent film

Blue Ruin
Fruitvale Station
The Babadook

The Raindance Award

Flim: The Movie…
Keeping Rosy
The Beat beneath My Feet

The Richard Harris Award (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film)

To be announced

The Variety Award

To be announced

The Special Jury Prize

To be announced


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