British Independent Film Awards 2016: ‘American Honey’ wins 4 including Best Picture, Director (Andrea Arnold), Actress (Sasha Lane)

Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey”  dominated the 19th annual edition of the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday (Dec. 4), winning four of its six races including Best Picture. Arnold also prevailed for Best Director as did breakout star Sasha Lane for Best Actress and lenser Robbie Ryan. The latter won in the catch-all craft category against casting, editing, sound and visual effects nominees.

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Two other films that had reaped a half dozen bids each also prevailed. Writer/director Babak Anvari’s “Under the Shadow” won Best Supporting Actress (Avin Manshadi), Screenplay and Debut Director. This Farsi language feature is the United Kingdom’s entry into the Foreign-Language Film race at the Oscars. And Rachel Tunnard’s “Adult Life Skills” won Best Supporting Actor (Brett Goldstein).

Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or–winning “I, Daniel Blake” which had come into the evening with a leading seven nominations, won two awards: Best Actor (Dave Johns) and Most Promising Newcomer (Haley Squires).

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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.

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