British Independent Film Awards nominations: ’45 Years,’ ‘Macbeth, ‘Suffragette,’ ‘Brooklyn’ …

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Nominations for the 18th British Independent Film Awards were announced Tuesday morning by Gemma Chan and Thomas Brodie Sangster. To be eligible for consideration, films must be intended for theatrical release, produced or co-produced by a British company and have budgets of under 10 million pounds. Among this year’s nominees are major Oscar contenders “45 Years,” “Macbeth,” “Suffragette” and “Brooklyn.” (Scroll down to see the complete list of nominations).

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As “The Lobster,” which leads with seven nominations, is not being released until next year in the states it won’t be up for any Oscars this year. The other nominees for Best British Independent Film are “45 Years,” “Amy,” “Ex Machina” and “Macbeth.”

The race for Best Actor is a tight one between: Colin Farrell (“The Lobster”), Michael Fassbender (“Macbeth”), Tom Courtenay (“45 Years”), Tom Hardy (“Legend”) and Tom Hiddleston (“High-Rise”). One of our Oscar frontrunners, Eddie Redmayne, was snubbed for “The Danish Girl” but his co-star Alicia Vikander was nominated. 

Besides Vikander, the other Best Actress hopefuls are Carey Mulligan (“Suffragette”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”), Marion Cotillard (“Macbeth”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”). At the Oscars, the actor’s branch will determine in which category to place Vikander, so here at Gold Derby you can predict her in either lead or supporting.

Last year, the feel-good “Pride” was the big winner, taking Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Andrew Scott) and Supporting Actress (Imelda Staunton). Lead acting honors went to Brendan Gleeson (“Calvary”) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”)

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The British Independent Film Awards will take place December 6 at London’s Old Billingsgate:

Best British Independent Film
“45 Years”
“Ex Machina”
“The Lobster”

Best Director
Andrew Haigh (“45 Years”)
Asif Kapadia (“Amy”)
Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”)
Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster”)
Justin Kurzel (“Macbeth”)

Best Actor
Tom Courtenay (“45 Years”)
Colin Farrell (“The Lobster”)
Michael Fassbender (“Macbeth”)
Tom Hardy (“Legend”)
Tom Hiddleston (“High-Rise”)

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard (“Macbeth”)
Carey Mulligan (“Suffragette”)
Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)
Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”)

Best Supporting Actor
Luke Evans (“High-Rise”)
Brendan Gleeson (“Suffragette”)
Domnhall Gleeson (“Brooklyn”)
Sean Harris (“Macbeth”)
Ben Whishaw (“The Lobster”)

Best Supporting Actress
Helena Bonham Carter (“Suffragette”)
Olivia Colman (“The Lobster”)
Anne-Marie Duff (“Suffragette”)
Sienna Miller (“High-Rise”)
Julie Walters (“Brooklyn”)

Best Screenplay
Andrew Haigh (“45 Years”)
Nick Hornby (“Brooklyn”)
Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”)
Amy Jump (“High-Rise”)
Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou (“The Lobster”)

Best Documentary
“Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance”
“How to Change the World”
“A Syrian Love Story”

Most Promising Newcomer
Abigail Hardingham (“Nina Forever”)
Agyness Deyn (“Sunset Song”)
Bel Powley (“A Royal Night Out”)
Mia Goth (“The Survivalist”)
Milo Parker (“Mr Holmes”)

Producer of the Year
“45 Years”
“Kajaki: The True Story”
“The Lobster”
“The Violators”

Outstanding Achievement in Craft
Editing – Chris King (“Amy”)
Casting – Fiona Weir (“Brooklyn”)
Production Design – Mark Digby (“Ex Machina”)
VFX – Andrew Whitehurst (“Ex Machina”)
Cinematography – Adam Arkapaw (“Macbeth”)

The Discovery Award
“Burn Burn Burn”
“Orion: The Man Who Would Be King”
“The Return”

Best British Short
“Love Is Blind”

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)
Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”)
Paul Katis (“Kajaki: The True Story”)
Chris Blaine & Ben Blaine (“Nina Forever”)
John Maclean (“Slow West”)
Stephen Fingleton (“The Survivalist”)

Best International Independent Film
“Force Majeure”
“Son of Saul”

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Photo: “45 Years.” Credit: Artificial Eye
Photo: “Macbeth.” Credit: The Weinstein Company

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