Prison Drama ‘Starred Up’ Leads British Independent Film Award Nominations

Prison Drama 'Starred Up' Leads British Independent Film Award Nominations

Woody Allen's “Blue Jasmine” and Noah Baumbach's “Frances Ha” are only U.S. films to be nominated by Britain's answer to the Spirit Awards

The prison drama “Starred Up” led all films in nominations for the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), which were announced on Monday in London.

“Starred Up” (photo at top) received eight nominations, while Clio Barnard’s grim “The Selfish Giant” received seven. “Filth,” “Metro Manila” and “Le Week-end” received five each.

The awards are the British version of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, honoring films produced by British companies with a total budget of less than $20 million.

The nominations were long on films that have had limited distribution in North America or have been seen mostly in film festivals, including David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up,” Clio Barnard’s grim “The Selfish Giant,” Jon Baird’s “Filth,” Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” and Hanif Kureishi’s “Le Week-end.”

The only American films to figure into the nominations were Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” which were nominated in the Best International Independent Film category along with “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” “The Great Beauty” and “Wadjda.”

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While films like “The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire” have won both the BIFAs and the Oscars in the past, this year’s BIFA nominations are short on films that figure into the Oscar race. “Philomena” received four nominations, including one for Best Actress Judi Dench, while Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman” received two, including one for lead actress Felicity Jones.

The nominations are the second European nominations in the last three days at which the most-nominated film has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Tribeca Film. The company recently picked up distribution on “Starred Up,” and is also distributing the Belgian film “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” which led in nominations for the European Film Awards on Saturday.

Also read: ‘Broken Circle Breakdown’ Leads European Film Awards Nominations

Winners will be chosen by a jury chaired by director Penny Woolcock.

The awards are sponsored by Moët and will be presented in a ceremony at the Old Billingsgate in London on Dec. 8.

The nominations:

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, 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”
“Jonah”
“Z1”

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
“Blue is the Warmest Colour”
“Blue Jasmine”
“Frances Ha”
“The Great Beauty”
“Wadjda”

THE RAINDANCE AWARD
“Everyone’s Going to Die”
“The Machine”
“The Patrol”
“Sleeping Dogs”
“Titus”