Ralph Fiennes, Kenneth Branagh To Be Honoured At BIFAs

British Independent Film Awards announce recipients of Richard Harris and Variety awards.



Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh are to be honoured at this year’s Moët British Independent Film Awards.

The annual event will present the Richard Harris Award, recognising outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, to Fiennes. The star, who will next be seen in his directorial debut Coriolanus, has had a diverse career in British film, including the Harry Potter films, The Constant Gardener, The End of the Affair and In Bruges. He’s currently shooting Great Expectations and the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall.

Branagh will receive The Variety Award, which recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. After directing Thor, Branagh returns to the big screen as Sir Laurence Olivier in this week’s My Week With Marilyn. The actor and director is known for his adaptations of Henry V, Hamlet, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing. Previous winners include Sir Michael Caine and JK Rowling.

IT Crowd and Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd will host the award ceremony at London’s Old Billingsgate on 4th December. Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Tyrannosaur lead the awards with seven nominations each. We Need to Talk About Kevin and Kill List are up for six awards, with Submarine following closely with five nominations.

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM (Sponsored by Moët & Chandon)
Senna
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tyrannosaur
We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST DIRECTOR (Sponsored by The Creative Partnership)
Ben Wheatley – Kill List
Steve McQueen – Shame
Tomas Alfredson – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Paddy Considine – Tyrannosaur
Lynne Ramsay – We Need to Talk About Kevin

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR] (Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios)
Joe Cornish – Attack the Block
Ralph Fiennes – Coriolanus
John Michael McDonagh – The Guard
Richard Ayoade – Submarine
Paddy Considine – Tyrannosaur

BEST SCREENPLAY (Sponsored by BBC Films)
John Michael McDonagh – The Guard
Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump – Kill List
Abi Morgan, Steve McQueen – Shame
Richard Ayoade – Submarine
Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear – We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST ACTRESS
Sponsored by M.A.C
Rebecca Hall – The Awakening
Mia Wasikowska – Jane Eyre
MyAnna Buring – Kill List
Olivia Colman – Tyrannosaur
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST ACTOR
Brendan Gleeson – The Guard
Neil Maskell – Kill List
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Peter Mullan – Tyrannosaur

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Felicity Jones – Albatross
Vanessa Redgrave – Coriolanus
Carey Mulligan – Shame
Sally Hawkins – Submarine
Kathy Burke – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michael Smiley – Kill List
Tom Hardy – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Benedict Cumberbatch – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Eddie Marsan – Tyrannosaur
Ezra Miller – We Need to Talk About Kevin

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER (Sponsored by STUDIOCANAL)
Jessica Brown Findlay – Albatross
John Boyega – Attack the Block
Craig Roberts – Submarine
Yasmin Paige – Submarine
Tom Cullen – Weekend

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION (Sponsored by Deluxe142)
Kill List
Tyrannosaur
Weekend
Wild Bill
You Instead

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Chris King, Gregers Sall – Editing – Senna
Sean Bobbitt – Cinematography – Shame
Joe Walker – Editing – Shame
Maria Djurkovic – Production Design – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Seamus McGarvey – Cinematography – We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Hell and Back Again
Life in a Day
Project Nim
Senna
TT3D: Closer to the Edge

BEST BRITISH SHORT
0507
Chalk
Love at First Sight
Rite
Rough Skin

BEST FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FILM
Animal Kingdom
Drive
Pina
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

THE RAINDANCE AWARD (Sponsored by Exile Media)
Acts of Godfrey
Black Pond
Hollow
Leaving Baghdad
A Thousand Kisses Deep