The 2011 BIFA Nominations

And so here starts Awards season.

Admit it, we all felt it looming. From the minute Tinker Tailor came out complete with best of British, we were all secretly wondering who’d be up for the big ones come January 2012. Who would be the one chosen for Best Supporting – Hardy or Cumberbatch? Or neither? Would Gary Oldman finally get his horrifically overdue nomination? But many of us have been quietly making our Academy Award predictions for months now. For those that saw Drive back in August, what of Albert Brooks? That same month, Warrior gave us a possibility in the form of Nick Nolte. And now with trailers for War Horse, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, The Descendants, J. Edgar, My Week With Marilyn, Coriolanus and Albert Nobbs etc, etc, etc, coming in thick and fast, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little giddy with excitement – and the potential bragging rights that come with guessing the most winners correctly.

But let’s come back down to Earth for a second and concentrate on my home turf. Britain. Yesterday (well, I haven’t been to sleep yet, so technically still today) gave us the nominations for the 14th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards that will be held at Old Billingsgate in London on Sunday December 4th, 2o11.

Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Tyrannosaur all have seven nominations, Kill List and We Need To Talk About Kevin have six and Submarine has five. So without further ado, here’s the noms – I’ll put early thoughts at the end of most categories:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

SENNA

SHAME

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (Read my review here)

TYRANNOSAUR

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

*It’s hard to ignore the buzz Kevin has been receiving, but Tyrannosaur’s got a very quiet but dominant position in this category, while Tinker Tailor was a complete tour de force. However, Senna made good money and Shame seems to have won just about everybody who has seen it over. Also my most anticipated movie right now. Brilliant competition in this category.

BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Wheatley – KILL LIST

Steve McQueen – SHAME

Tomas Alfredson – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

Paddy Considine – TYRANNOSAUR

Lynne Ramsay – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

*I’m going to put my money on McQueen even without seeing this. But Alfredson’s direction was incredibly stylish. Let me come back to you on this one…!

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Joe Cornish – ATTACK THE BLOCK

Ralph Fiennes – CORIOLANUS

John Michael McDonagh – THE GUARD

Richard Ayoade – SUBMARINE

Paddy Considine – TYRANNOSAUR

*The Guard’s a critical darling, but Submarine is the start of big things for Ayoade. Wouldn’t count Considine out just yet, either. But if we’re being different, vote for Cornish!

BEST SCREENPLAY

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

*Depends on whether the Jury are in the mood for laughter or not here, I guess…

BEST ACTRESS 

Rebecca Hall – THE AWAKENING

Mia Wasikowska – JANE EYRE (read my review here)

MyAnna Buring – KILL LIST

Olivia Colman – TYRANNOSAUR

Tilda Swinton – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

*Swinton. Colman could easily upset here, though. And I’d rather love that if I’m honest.

BEST ACTOR

Brendan Gleeson – THE GUARD

Neil Maskell – KILL LIST

Michael Fassbender – SHAME

Gary Oldman – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

Peter Mullan – TYRANNOSAUR

*Fassbender won Venice over. But Oldman may just win the Academy over. Tough one.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Felicity Jones – ALBATROSS

Vanessa Redgrave – CORIOLANUS

Carey Mulligan – SHAME

Sally Hawkins – SUBMARINE

Kathy Burke – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

*Not Burke. Her part’s too insignificant in my opinion. Will have to wait and see when Coriolanus and Shame are released.

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

*This category is IMPOSSIBLE.

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Jessica Brown Findlay – ALBATROSS

John Boyega – ATTACK THE BLOCK

Craig Roberts – SUBMARINE

Yasmin Paige – SUBMARINE

Tom Cullen – WEEKEND

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

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 (read my review here)

PINA

A SEPARATION

THE SKIN I LIVE IN (read my review here)

*Hopefully Drive. Animal Kingdom feels like a distant memory now after being nominated at last year’s Oscars. I loved The Skin I Live In, but Drive is just too darn stylish. Plus Mulligan’s in it, so that has to earn it some Brownie points with BIFA.

THE RAINDANCE AWARD

ACTS OF GODFREY

BLACK POND

HOLLOW

LEAVING BAGHDAD

A THOUSAND KISSES DEEP

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

To Be Announced

THE VARIETY AWARD

To Be Announced

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Announced at the Moët British Independent Film Awards on Sunday 4 December.

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2 responses to “The 2011 BIFA Nominations

  1. I haven’t heard of some of these, but I’m excited to see them all the same!

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