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‘The Favourite’ Leads the British Independent Film Awards with 13 Nominations

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With the Independent Spirit Awards Nominations only a few weeks away, many have begun to look toward the best in American indie films. However, the British Independent Film Awards made their mark today by announcing their nominees for the best in British cinema. Leading the pack is “The Favourite” with 13 nominations on the day. Olivia ColmanRachel Weisz, and Emma Stone all received nominations. Also of note, “American Animals” had a strong showing with 11 nominations. Bart Layton picked up nominations for Picture, Screenplay, Director and Debut Screenwriter.

You Were Never Really Here” nabbed 8 nominations, including a pair for a Picture, Screenplay, Director trio for Lynne Ramsay. “Beast” was good for 10 nominations, and “Disobiedience” was good for 5 nominations as well. Slightly underperforming was “Stan & Ollie,” although the film only just premiered in the UK. It grabbed 5 nominations, but curiously left out John C. Reilly in lieu of Steve Coogan. The resto of the nominations can be found below!

British Independent Film Awards Nomination 2018

British Independent Film Awards PosterBest British Independent Film

“American Animals” – Bart Layton, Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger, Mary Jane Skalski
“Beast” – Michael Pearce, Kristian Brodie, Lauren Dark, Ivana Mackinnon
“Disobedience” – Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Ed Guiney, Frida Torresblanco, Rachel Weisz
“The Favourite” – Yorgos Lanthimos, Deborah Davis, Tony Mcnamara, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday
“You Were Never Really Here” – Lynne Ramsay, Pascal Caucheteux, Rosa Attab, James Wilson, Rebecca O’Brien

Best Director Sponsored By Broadsword Event House

Andrew Haigh – “Lean On Pete”
Yorgos Lanthimos – “The Favourite”
Bart Layton – “American Animals”
Michael Pearce – “Beast”
Lynne Ramsay – “You Were Never Really Here”

Best Screenplay Sponsored By BBC Films

american animals trailer 1 2018 movieclips indie screen shot h 2018 0Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara-  “The Favourite”
Bart Layton – “American Animals”
Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz – “Disobedience”
Michael Pearce – “Beast”
Lynne Ramsay – “You Were Never Really Here” 

Best Actress Sponsored By MAC

Gemma Arterton – “The Escape”
Jessie Buckley- “Beast”
Olivia Colman- “The Favourite”
Maxine Peake- “Funny Cow”
Rachel Weisz-  “Disobedience”

Best Supporting Actress

13 disobedience.w710.h473Nina Arianda – “Stan & Ollie”
Rachel McAdams- “Disobedience”
Emma Stone- “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz “The Favourite”
Molly Wright – “Apostasy”

Best Actor

Joe Cole – “A Prayer Before Dawn”
Steve Coogan – “Stan & Ollie”
Rupert Everett – “The Happy Prince”
Joaquin Phoenix – “You Were Never Really Here”
Charlie Plummer – “Lean On Pete”

Best Supporting Actor

colette 0HERO USETHISSteve Buscemi – “Lean On Pete”
Barry Keoghan – “American Animals”
Alessandro Nivola – “Disobedience”
Evan Peters – “American Animals”
Dominic West – “Colette” 

Most Promising Newcomer

Jessie Buckley – “Beast”
Michaela Coel – “Been So Long”
Liv Hill – “Jellyfish”
Marcus Rutherford – “Obey”
Molly Wright – “Apostasy”

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) Sponsored By Kodak & Pinewood

Beast PosterRichard Billingham – “Ray & Liz”
Daniel Kokotajlo – “Apostasy”
Matt Palmer – “Calibre”
Michael Pearce – “Beast”
Leanne Welham – “Pili”

Debut Screenwriter

Karen Gillan – “The Party’s Just Beginning”
Daniel Kokotajlo – “Apostasy”
Bart Layton – “American Animals”
Matt Palmer – “Calibre”
Michael Pearce – “Beast”

Breakthrough Producer Supported By Creativity Media

Kristian Brodie – “Beast”
Jacqui Davies – “Ray & Liz”
Anna Griffin – “Calibre”
Marcie Maclellan – “Apostasy”
Faye Ward – “Stan & Ollie”

The Discovery Award Sponsored By Raindance

“The Dig” – Andy Tohill, Ryan Tohill, Stuart Drennan, Brian J. Falconer
“Irene’s Ghost” – Iain Cunningham, Rebecca Mark-Lawson, David Arthur, Ellie Land
“A Moment In The Reeds” – Mikko Makela, James Watson
“Super November” – Douglas King, Josie Long
“Voyageuse” – May Miles Thomas

Best Documentary

“Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story” – Steve Sullivan
“Evelyn” – Orlando Von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara
“Island” – Steven Eastwood, Elhum Shakerifar
“Nae Pasaran Felipe” – Bustos Sierra
“Under The Wire” – Christopher Martin, Tom Brisley 

Best British Short Film Supported By Bfi Network

“The Big Day Dawn” – Shadforth, Kellie Smith, Michelle Stein
“Bitter Sea” – Fateme Ahmadi, Emma Parsons
“The Field” – Sandhya Suri, Balthazar De Ganay, Thomas Bidegain
“Pommel” –  Paris Zarcilla, Sebastian Brown, Ivan Kelava
“To Know Him” – Ted Evans, Kellie Smith, Jennifer Monks, Michelle Stein 

Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kutz Cold WarBest International Independent Film Sponsored By Champagne Taittinger

“Capernaum” – Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwani, Khaled Mouzanar, Michel Merkt
“Cold War” – Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki, Ewa Puszczynska, Tanya Seghatchian
“The Rider” – Chloé Zhao, Mollye Asher, Sacha Ben Harroche, Bert Hamelinck
“Roma” – Alfonso Cuarón, Nicolás Celis, Gabriela Rodriguez
“Shoplifters” – Hirokazu Koreeda

Best Casting Sponsored By Casting Society Of America & Spotlight

Dixie Chassay – “The Favourite”
Julie Harkin – “Beast”
Avy Kaufman – “American Animals”
Andy Pryor – “Stan & Ollie”
Michelle Smith – “Apostasy”

Best Cinematography Supported By Blackmagic Design

You Were Never Really HereOle Bratt Birkeland –  “American Animals”
Magnus Nordenhof Jønk – “Lean On Pete”
Robbie Ryan – “The Favourite”
Tom Townend – “You Were Never Really Here”
David Ungaro – “A Prayer Before Dawn”

Best Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran – “Peterloo”
Andrea Flesch – “Colette”
Sandy Powell – “The Favourite”
Guy Sperenza – “Stan & Ollie”
Alyssa Tull – “An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin”

Best Editing Sponsored By Intermission Film

favouriteJoe Bini – “You Were Never Really Here”
Marc Boucrot – “A Prayer Before Dawn”
Nick Fenton, Julian Hart, Chris Gill – “American Animals”
Yorgos Mavropsaridis – “The Favourite”
Ben Wheatley – “Happy New Year, Colin Burstead”

Best Effects

Howard Jones – “Early Man”
Matthew Strange, Mark Wellband – “Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back)”
George Zwier, Paul Driver – “Peterloo”

What do you think of the British Independent Film Awards Nominations? Which nominations were you most excited for? Which performances or individuals got snubbed? Let us hear your picks in the comments below! 

The British Independent Film Awards take place on Dec. 2, 2018.

Be sure to check out the Official Oscar Predictions Page to see our latest rankings among the contenders!

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Written by Alan French

Alan French is a movie buff, a TV lover, and a sports fanatic. His favorite TV shows are 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Rick and Morty' and 'Game of Thrones.' He's also a Spielberg fanatic. You can find him on Twitter and Medium @TheAlanFrench.


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Braylon Thompson

you know this awards are very small and inconsequential when a movie as small and medicore as american animals is nominated for best picture. Good luck using this to make any sort of prediction

Michael R

So far, so good for the ladies of The Favourite. Really happy for McAdams as well.



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