British Independent Film Awards winners: ‘Ex Machina’ wins 4 including Best Picture, Saoirse Ronan (‘Brooklyn’) …

Winners of the 18th British Independent Film Awards were announced Sunday in London. “Ex Machina” took four awards, including Best Picture, a pair for writer/director Alex Garland and the catch-all craft category. 

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 were major Oscar contenders “45 Years,” “Macbeth,” “Suffragette” and “Brooklyn.” (Scroll down to see the complete list of winners).

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Ex Machina” prevailed as Best British Independent Film over “45 Years,” “Amy,” “The Lobster” and “Macbeth.”

The race for Best Actor was a tight one with Tom Hardy (“Legend”) edging out Colin Farrell (“The Lobster”), Michael Fassbender (“Macbeth”), Tom Courtenay (“45 Years”) 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 for Best Actress. 

Vikander, who also headlined “Ex Machina,” lost to Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”). The recent New York Film Critics Circle winner also prevailed over Carey Mulligan (“Suffragette”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”), Marion Cotillard (“Macbeth”). 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.

Room” was named Best International Film over “Carol,” “Force Majeure,” “Girlhood” and “Son of Saul.”

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 took place on December 6 at London’s Old Billingsgate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”)
X – Stephen Fingleton (“The Survivalist”)

Best British Short
X – “Edmond”
“Love Is Blind”

Best International Independent Film
Force Majeure
X – “Room
Son of Saul

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Photo: “Ex Machina”. Credit: Universal

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