‘The Favourite’ Tops BIFA Nominations for British Independent Films

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy has now been accepted as a British indie by BIFA and as an American indie by the Gotham Awards

Yorgos Lamthimos’ twisted period piece “The Favourite” led all films in nominations for the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), which were announced on Wednesday in London.

The black comedy, which stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in a tale of 18th century palace intrigue in England, was nominated in 13 categories, two shy of the record set last year by “Lady Macbeth.”

Its nominations come on the heels of three nominations and one award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, which means that the film from a Greek director has been accepted as an American independent film by one awards body and as a British indie by another.

Bart Layton’s “American Animals” was runner-up with 11 nominations, while Michael Pearce’s “Beast” received 10 and Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” received eight. In the Best British Independent Film category, “The Favourite” was joined by those three films, plus Sebastian Lelio’s “Disobedience.”

Acting nominees included a few Oscar contenders, notably Colman, Stone and Weisz for “The Favourite.” Weisz was also nominated for “Disobedience,” while other nominees included Jessie Buckley for “Beast,” Steve Coogan for “Stan & Ollie,” Joaquin Phoenix for “You Were Never Really Here,” Rachel McAdams for “Disobedience” and Steve Buscemi and Charlie Plummer for “Lean on Pete.”

In the Best International Independent Film category, the only one open to American indies, Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider,” will compete against four films that have been entered in the Oscar foreign-language race: Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters.”

BIFA nominations are selected by juries of film professionals based in London. In past years, films that have done well at BIFA include “American Honey,” “Metro Manila,” “Lady Macbeth,” “God’s Own Country” and Lanthimos’ “The Lobster.”

The British Independent Film Awards will take place on Dec. 2 in London.

Here are the nominees. The full list of names is available at www.bifa.film.

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”

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 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”

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

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
”