2018 British Independent Film Awards: ‘The Favourite’ leads with a lucky 13 nominations

Nominations for the 21st British Independent Film Awards were announced on Oct. 31 in London. To be eligible for consideration, a film must be intended for theatrical release, produced or co-produced by a British company and have a budget of under 10 million pounds. This year’s contenders are led by “The Favourite” with a lucky 13 nominations followed by “American Animals”  with 11, “Beast” with 10 and ““You Were Never Really Here”  with eight. All four of these compete for Best British Independent Film as does “Disobedience.” (Scroll down to see the complete list of nominations)

Because “The Favourite” counts both British and American companies among its producers, it was also eligible for the Gotham Awards where it reaped three bids. While those kudos are honoring the cast as a whole, the BIFAs singled out leading lady Olivia Colman and supporting players Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for nominations. Weisz also earned a Best Actress nomination for “Disobedience” while her co-star in that film, Rachel Adams, competes against her in supporting.

The British Independent Film Awards will take be handed out on December 2 at a ceremony at London’s Old Billingsgate.

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Best British Independent Film
“American Animals”
“Beast”
“Disobedience”
“The Favourite”
“You Were Never Really Here”

Best Director
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
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara, “The Favourite”
Bart Layton, 
”American Animals”
Sebastian Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, “

Disobedience”
Michael Pearce, 
”Beast”
Lynne Ramsay, 

”You Were Never Really Here”

Best Actress
Gemma Arterton, “The Escape”
Jessie Buckley, “Beast”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Maxine Peake, “Funny Cow”
Rachel Weisz, “Disobedience”

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 Actress
Nina Arianda, “Stan & Ollie
”
Rachel McAdams, “Disobedience”
Emma Stone, 
”The Favourite
”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Molly Wright, 
 “Apostasy”

Best Supporting Actor
Steve Buscemi, 

”Lean on Pete”
Barry Keoghan, 
”American Animals”
Alessandro Nivola,
 “Disobedience”
Evan Peters, 
”American Animals”
Dominic West, “Colette”

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Best Casting
“The Favourite”
“Beast”
“American Animals
”
“Stan & Ollie”
“Apostasy”

Best Costume Design
“Peterloo”
“Colette”
“The Favourite”
“Stan & Ollie”
“An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin”

Best Cinematography
“American Animals
”
“Lean on Pete

”
“The Favourite”
“You Were Never Really Here”
“A Prayer Before Dawn”

Best Editing
“You Were Never Really Here”
“A Prayer Before Dawn
”
“American Animals
”
“The Favourite”
“Happy New Year, Colin Burstead”

Best Effects
“Early Man”
“Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back)
”
“Peterloo”

Best Make Up & Hair Design
“Peterloo”
“Stan & Ollie”
“A Prayer Before Dawn”
“Colette”
“The Favourite”

Best Production Design
“Colette”
“The Favourite”
“Peterloo”
“Stan & Ollie”
“Ray & Liz”

Best Music
“Island of the Hungry Ghosts”
“You Were Never Really Here

”
“Funny Cow

”
“American Animals
”
“Beast”

Best Sound
“The Favourite”
“You Were Never Really Here”
“A Prayer Before Dawn”
“Time Trial”
“American Animals
”

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Best Documentary
“Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story”
“Evelyn”
“Island”
“Nae Pasaran”
“Under the Wire”

Best British Short Film
“The Big Day”
“Bitter Sea”
“The Field”
“Pommel”
“To Know Him”

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)
Richard Billingham, 
”Ray & Liz”
Daniel Kokotajlo, “Apostasy”
Matt Palmer, “Calibre”
Michael Pearce, “Beast”
Leanne Welham, “Pill”

Debut Screenwriter
Karen Gillian, “The Party’s Just Beginning”
Daniel Kokotajlo, “Apostasy”
Bart Layton, “American Animals”
Matt Palmer, 

”Calibre”
Michael Pearce, “Beast”

Breakthrough Producer
Kristian Brodie, 

”Beast

”
Jacqui Davies, “Ray & Liz

”
Anna Griffin, “Calibre”
Marcie MacLellan, 

”Apostasy”
Faye Ward, “Stan & Ollie”

The Discovery Award
“The Dig”
“Irene’s Ghost”
“A Moment in the Reeds”
“Super November”
“Voyageuse”

Best International Independent Film
“Capernaum”
“Cold War”
“The Rider”
“Roma”
“Shoplifters”

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