British Independent Film Award Nominations Are Packed With Classy Choices, Plus Watch Sacha Baron Cohen’s Latest Prank

By November 11, 2013
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If you’ve been feeling a particular chill in the air, a little bite to the weather as of late, it’s not the coming of winter you’re tuned into – it’s awards season! Though the Oscars are still months away, the final weeks of the year are already starting to feel positively packed with both the release of movie contenders and the announcement of nominations for various accolades. While it may seem exhausting (it is), awards season also offers the opportunity for movie lovers to discover certain solid films that might have so far escaped their notice. Sure, the Oscars and the Golden Globes and the Whatever Elses might honor plenty of the same films and people, but there are also a bevy of awards that shine a light on smaller features.

Like the British Independent Film Awards. Yes, that might sound a touch niche – British and independent? – but this year’s nominations are packed with lots of recognizable talent in films that might not have been getting enough buzz across the pond. Basically, consider this list of nominees your official cheat sheet to catch up on properly vetted fare that might be getting outshone by an already very busy awards season.

Deadline Hollywood reports on the just-announced nominees, so get cracking on making your new must-see list. (Basically, if you haven’t yet gotten hip to Starred Up, now is the time.)

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BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

Metro Manila
, Philomena
, The Selfish Giant
, Starred Up, Le Week-End

BEST DIRECTOR

Jon S Baird – Filth, 
Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant, 
Sean Ellis – Metro Manila
, Jonathan Glazer – Under The Skin, 
David Mackenzie – Starred Up

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Charlie Cattrall – Titus, 
Tina Gharavi – I Am Nasrine, 
Jeremy Lovering – In Fear
, Omid Nooshin – Last Passenger, 
Paul Wright – For Those In Peril

BEST SCREENPLAY

Jonathan Asser – Starred Up
, Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant, 
Steven Knight – Locke, 
Hanif Kureishi – Le Week-End, 
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan – Philomena

BEST ACTRESS

Judi Dench – Philomena
, Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-End
, Scarlett Johansson – Under The Skin
,Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman, 
Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now

BEST ACTOR

Jim Broadbent – Le Week-End, 
Steve Coogan – Philomena
, Tom Hardy – Locke
, Jack O’Connell – Starred Up, 
James McAvoy – Filth

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Siobhan Finneran – The Selfish Giant
, Shirley Henderson – Filth, 
Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love, 
Kristin Scott Thomas – The Invisible Woman, 
Mia Wasikowska – The Double

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

John Arcilla – Metro Manila, 
Rupert Friend – Starred Up, 
Jeff Goldblum – Le Week-End
, Eddie Marsan – Filth
, Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Harley Bird – How I Live Now, 
Conner Chapman/Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant, 
Caity Lotz – The Machine
, Jake Macapagal – Metro Manila
, Chloe Pirrie – Shell

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

A Field In England, Filth, Metro Manila,The Selfish Giant, Starred Up

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Shaheen Baig – Casting – Starred Up, 
Johnnie Burn – Sound Design – Under The Skin
, Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant
, Mica Levi – Music – Under The Skin, 
Justine Wright – Editing – Locke

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
, The Great Hip Hop Hoax, The Moo Man
, The Spirit of ’45
, The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone

BEST BRITISH SHORT

L’Assenza
, Dr Easy
, Dylan’s Room
, JonahZ1

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue Is The Warmest Color
, Blue Jasmine
, Frances Ha
, The Great Beauty
, Wadjda

THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Everyone’s Going To Die
, The Machine, The Patrol, Sleeping Dogs
, Titus

Winners will be announced on December 8th.

And speaking of British award ceremonies, the Brittania awards got quite the scare when Sacha Baron Cohen’s pranked everyone there by “killing” an old woman on stage. Watch that below:

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.