‘The Lobster’ Beats More Conventional Films in British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Acting nominations go to Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and Tom Hardy

Last Updated: November 3, 2015 @ 9:01 AM

The bizarre Colin Farrell/Rachel Weisz film “The Lobster” led all films in nominations for the British Independent Film Awards on Tuesday, with director Yorgos Lanthimos’ twisted fantasy picking up seven nominations, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and acting nods for Farrell, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw.

The film outpaced a number of more conventional awards films expected to compete for Oscars, including “Brooklyn” (five nominations), “Suffragette” (four) and “The Danish Girl” (one, for Alicia Vikander).

Justin Kurzel‘s new version of “MacBeth,” with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, received six nominations, as did Andrew Haigh‘s “45 Years,” with Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling.

Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” made a strong showing, joining “Brooklyn” and “Ex Machina” with five nominations, including recognition in the Best British Independent Film and Best Director categories to go with its documentary nom.

The contenders in the top category, Best British Independent Film, are “Amy,” “Ex Machina,” “45 Years,” “The Lobster” and “MacBeth,” with the same five films repeating in the Best Director category.

One intriguing race comes in the Best Supporting Actor category, where Domhnall Gleeson was nominated for “Brooklyn” and will be competing against his father Brendan, who was recognized for “Suffragette.”






Other acting nominees include Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston and Luke Evans.

The nominations were announced on Tuesday morning in London by Gemma Chan and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

The winners will be announced at the Moet British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6






The nominees:

Best British Independent Film
45 YEARS Tristan Gotoligher, Andrew Haigh
AMY James Gay-Rees, Asif Kapadia
EX MACHINA Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Alex Garland
THE LOBSTER Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos
MACBETH Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Laura Hastings-Smith, Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, Justin Kurzel

Best Director
45 YEARS Andrew Haigh
AMY Asif Kapadia
EX MACHINA Alex Garland
THE LOBSTER Yorgos Lanthimos
MACBETH Justin Kurzel

Best Screenplay
45 YEARS Andrew Haigh
BROOKLYN Nick Hornby
EX MACHINA Alex Garland
HIGH-RISE Amy Jump
THE LOBSTER Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou

Best Actress
MARION COTILLARD Macbeth
CAREY MULLIGAN Suffragette
CHARLOTTE RAMPLING 45 Years
SAOIRSE RONAN Brooklyn
ALICIA VIKANDER The Danish Girl

Best Actor
TOM COURTENAY 45 Years
COLIN FARRELL The Lobster
MICHAEL FASSBENDER Macbeth
TOM HARDY Legend
TOM HIDDLESTON High-Rise

Best Supporting Actress
HELENA BONHAM CARTER Suffragette
OLIVIA COLMAN The Lobster
ANNE-MARIE DUFF Suffragette
SIENNA MILLER High-Rise
JULIE WALTERS Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor
LUKE EVANS High-Rise
BRENDAN GLEESON Suffragette
DOMHNALL GLEESON Brooklyn
SEAN HARRIS Macbeth
BEN WHISHAW The Lobster

Most Promising Newcomer
AGYNESS DEYN Sunset Song
MIA GOTH The Survivalist
ABIGAIL HARDINGHAM Nina Forever
MILO PARKER Mr Holmes
BEL POWLEY A Royal Night Out

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
THE HALLOW Corin Hardy
KAJAKI: THE TRUE STORY Paul Katis
NINA FOREVER Chris & Ben Blaine
SLOW WEST John Maclean
THE SURVIVALIST Stephen Fingleton

The Discovery Award
AAAAAAAAH! Andrew Starke, Steve Oram
BURN BURN BURN Daniel-Konrad Cooper, Tim Phillips, Charlie Covell, Chanya Button
ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING Jeanie Finlay
THE RETURN Oliver Nias
WINTER Tilly Wood, Paula Crickard, Heidi Greensmith

Best Documentary
AMY James Gay-Rees, Asif Kapadia
DARK HORSE: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF DREAM ALLIANCE Judith Dawson, Louise Osmond
HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD Bous De Jong, Al Morrow, Jerry Rothwell
PALIO James Gay-Rees, John Hunt, Cosima Spender
A SYRIAN LOVE STORY Elhum Shakerifar, Sean McAllister

Producer of the Year
TRISTAN GOLIGHER 45 Years
JAMES GAY-REES Amy
PAUL KATIS, ANDREW DE LOTBINIERE Kajaki: The True Story
CECI DEMPSEY, ED GUINEY, YORGOS LANTHIMOS, LEE MAGIDAY The Lobster
DAVID A HUGHES, DAVID MOORES The Violators

Outstanding Achievement in Craft
ADAM ARKAPAW Cinematography – Macbeth
MARK DIGBY Production Design – Ex Machina
CHRIS KING Editing – Amy
FIONA WEIR Casting – Brooklyn
ANDREW WHITEHURST Visual Effects, Ex Machina

Best British Short Film
BALCONY Tom Kimberly, Ali Mansuri, Toby Fell-Holden
CRACK Joseph Taussig, Peter King
EDMOND Emilie Jouffroy, Nina Gantz
LOVE IS BLIND Lizzie Brown, Dan Hodgson
MANoMAN Kamilla Kristiane Hodøl, Simon Cartwright

Best International Independent Film
CAROL Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Wooley, Christine Vachon, Phyllis Nagy, Todd Haynes
FORCE MAJEURE Erik Hemmendorff, Marie Kiellson, Philippe Bober, Ruben Ostlund
GIRLHOOD Benedicte Covreur, Celine Sciamma
ROOM Ed Guiney, David Gross, Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson
SON OF SAUL Gabor Sipos, Gabor Raina, Cara Royer, Laszlo Nemes