’71,’ ‘Pride,’ Benedict Cumberbatch Land British Independent Film Nominations

“Mr. Turner,” “Frank” and “Calvary” are also among top nominees

Last Updated: November 3, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Yann Demange’s gritty drama about a British soldier trying to survive in a Northern Ireland battleground, “’71,” topped all films in nominations for the British Independent Film Awards, which were announced Monday in London.

“’71” landed nine nominations from the 70-person BIFA pre-selection committee, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Debut Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Jack O’Connell [pictured above].

The uplifting drama “Pride” landed seven nominations, including for supporting actress Imelda Staunton and supporting actors Andrew Scott and Ben Schnetzer.

Also read: ‘Pride’ Review: Gay Activists, Striking Miners Unite to Fight the Power

In addition to “’71” and “Pride,” nominees in the Best British Independent Film category were John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary,” Mike Leigh‘s “Mr. Turner” and Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game,” which also landed nominations for stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

The offbeat “Frank,” featuring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric rock singer who never appears in public without a giant papier-mâché head, won five nominations, as did “Mr. Turner” and the first-time feature “Catch Me Daddy.”

Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood was nominated in the Best International Independent Film category, along with “Blue Ruin,” “Ida,” “The Badadook” and “Fruitvale Station,” the last of which was released in the U.S. in 2013 but the UK in 2014.

Also read: Two ‘Boyhood’ Producers Denied Credit by Producers Guild (Exclusive)

More than 250 films were eligible for the awards, which are given to films with a total budget of less than $20 million that are financed by a British company, or receive at least 51 percent of their budgets from British sources, or feature substantial creative elements from Britain.

The awards will be chosen by a jury led by director Tom Hooper and including actors Luke Treadaway and Stanley Tucci and directors Sean Ellis and Thea Sharrock.

Winners of the British Independent Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on Dec. 7.

Also read: ‘Boyhood’ Tops Gotham Award Nominations

The nominees:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
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“’71”
“Calvary”
“Mr. Turner”
“Pride”
“The Imitation Game”

BEST DIRECTOR
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John Michael McDonagh – “Calvary”
Lenny Abrahamson – “Frank”
Matthew Warchus – “Pride”
Mike Leigh – “Mr. Turner”
Yann Demange  – “’71”

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR] Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios
Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe – “Catch Me Daddy”
Hong Khaou – “Lilting”
Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – “20,000 Days on Earth”
Morgan Matthews – “X+Y”
Yann Demange –  “’71”

BEST SCREENPLAY
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Graham Moore – “The Imitation Game”
Gregory Burke  – “’71”
John Michael McDonagh – “Calvary”
Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – “Frank”
Stephen Beresford – “Pride”

BEST ACTRESS
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Alicia Vikander – “Testament of Youth”
Cheng Pei Pei – “Lilting”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle”
Keira Knightley – “The Imitation Game”
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – “Catch Me Daddy”

BEST ACTOR
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Asa Butterfield  – “X+Y”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game”
Brendan Gleeson – “Calvary”
Jack O’Connell – “’71”
Timothy Spall – “Mr. Turner”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Dorothy Atkinson – “Mr Turner”
Imelda Staunton – “Pride”
Maggie Gyllenhaal – “Frank”
Sally Hawkins – “X+Y”
Sienna Guillory – “The Goob”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
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Andrew Scott – “Pride”
Ben Schnetzer – “Pride”
Michael Fassbender – “Frank”
Rafe Spall – “X+Y”
Sean Harris – “’71”

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Ben Schnetzer – “Pride”
Cara Delevingne – “The Face of An Angel”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle”
Liam Walpole – “The Goob”
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – “Catch Me Daddy”

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
“’71”
“20,000 Days on Earth”
“Catch Me Daddy”
“Lilting”
“The Goob”

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Chris Wyatt – Editing – “’71”
Dick Pope – Cinematography – “Mr. Turner”
Robbie Ryan – Cinematography – “Catch Me Daddy”
Stephen Rennicks – Music – “Frank”
Tat Radcliffe – Cinematography – “’71”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“20,000 Days on Earth”
“Next Goal Wins”
“Night Will Fall”
“The Possibilities Are Endless”
“Virunga”

BEST BRITISH SHORT
“Crocodile”
“Emotional Fusebox”
“Keeping Up With The Joneses”
“Slap”
“The Kármán Line”

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
“Blue Ruin”
“Boyhood”
“Fruitvale Station”
“Ida”
“The Badadook”

THE RAINDANCE AWARD
“Flim: The Movie…”
“Gregor”
“Luna”
“Keeping Rosy”
“The Beat Beneath My Feet