Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley Snare BIFA nominations

October 28, 2008 by  
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The nominations for the eleventh annual British Independent Film Awards were announced today with In Bruges starring Colin Farrel snaring nods in 7 categories. This tied with Steve McQueen’s Hunger in recieving the most nominations.

Hunger, Steve McQueen’s debut, follows the last six weeks of Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands. It is nominated for best film, best director, best screenplay and best actor among others.

In Bruges will go up against Hunger in almost every category, including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay with Steve McQueen and In Bruges direcotr Martin McDonagh fighting it out for Best Debut Director.

Keira Knightley netted a nomination for her role in the Duchess- her first nod from the BIFA jury. Sienna Miller and Kristin Scott Thomas are also fist time nominees, battling it out in the Best Supporting Actress category.

David Thewlis, whose seething, intense performances in films such as Mike Leigh’s Naked as well as more popular Hollywood fare like Harry Potter, is being honoured with the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor.

Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance and the British Independent Film Awards says: ‘The nominations reveal an unparalleled number of new and youg film talent across the various categories. Together with more established film industry names, these nominees makr a refreshing eleventh year.’

The awards ceremony will roll out its red carpets on Sunday 30 November at the Old Billingsgate Market in London and will be hosted by actor James Nesbitt.

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

Hunger
In Bruges
Man on Wire
Slumdog Millionaire
Somers Town

BEST DIRECTOR
Mark Herman – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Steve McQueen – Hunger
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Shane Meadows – Somers Town
Garth Jennings – Son of Rambow

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
James Watkins – Eden Lake
Rupert Wyatt – The Escapist
Steve McQueen – Hunger
Martin McDonagh – In Bruges
Eran Creevy – Shifty

BEST SCREENPLAY
Enda Walsh, Steve McQueen – Hunger
Martin McDonagh – In Bruges
Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire
Paul Fraser – Somers Town
Garth Jennings – Son of Rambow
BEST ACTRESS
Vera Farmiga – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Samantha Morton – The Daisy Chain
Keira Knightley  – The Duchess
Kelly Reilly – Eden Lake
Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky

BEST ACTOR

Michael Fassbender – Hunger
Colin Farrell – In Bruges
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
Riz Ahmed – Shifty
Thomas Turgoose – Somers Town

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Emma Thompson – Brideshead Revisited
Hayley Atwell – The Duchess
Kristin Scott Thomas – Easy Virtue
Sienna Miller – The Edge of Love
Alexis Zegerman – Happy-Go-Lucky

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess
Eddie Marsan – Happy-Go-Lucky
Liam Cunningham – Hunger
Ralph Fiennes – In Bruges
Daniel Mays– Shifty

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Asa Butterfield – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar – Slumdog Millionaire
Bill Milne – Son of Rambow
Will Poulter – Son of Rambow

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

The Daisy Chain
The Escapist
Hush
Shifty
Telstar

RAINDANCE AWARD
Clubbed
Flick
One Day Removals
Zebra Crossings

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Wardrobe – Michael O’Connor – The Duchess
Cinematography – Sean Bobbitt – Hunger
Editing – Jon Gregory – In Bruges
Music – Harry Escott, Molly Nyman – Shifty
Cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle – Slumdog Millionaire

BEST DOCUMENTARY

A Complete History of My Sexual Failures
Derek
Man on Wire
Of Time and The City
Three Miles North of Molkom

BEST BRITISH SHORT

Alex And Her Arse Tuck
Gone Fishing
Love Does Grow On Trees
Red Sands
Soft

BEST FOREIGN FILM

The Diving Bell & The Butterfly
Gomorrah
I’ve Loved You So Long
Persepolis
Waltz With Bashir

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution to British Film)

David Thewlis

THE VARIETY AWARD

Michael Sheen