2012 British Independent Film Award Nominations

Never one to go with the obvious choices, BIFA’s 15th awards ceremony plays host to a set of nominations which once again prove the power of the documentary.

Although not as initially exciting as last year’s list, BIFA continue their mad love for Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman while giving Robbie Ryan and Domnhall Gleeson recognition for their continued blistering form.

Rufus Norris’ Broken sets the bar with an impressive nine nominations including Best Film, Best Director and a bunch of acting nods, with Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio picking up seven.

I’m thrilled to see The Imposter deservedly crossing over from the Best Documentary category, with Bart Layton’s film earning six nominations including Best Director. As I mentioned yesterday, it’s not going to be a quiet season for him.

Though those pesky Americans may manage to pop up in the form of Meryl Streep and Elle Fanning, for those who prefer it quintessentially British (albeit set in India…), there’s no need to fear – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has earned itself a trio of acting nominations.

The winners will be announced for the seventh time by BIFA Patron, James Nesbitt, on December 9th at the Old Billingsgate in London. So, as ever, check out the full list of nominees below:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM:

Berberian Sound Studio

Broken

Sightseers

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Imposter

BEST DIRECTOR:

Bart Layton – The Imposter

Ben Wheatley – Sightseers

John Madden – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Peter Strickland – Berberian Sound Studio

Rufus Norris – Broken

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]:

Bart Layton – The Imposter

Ben Drew – Ill Manors

Rowan Athale – Wasteland

Rufus Norris – Broken

Sally El Hosaini – My Brother The Devil

BEST SCREENPLAY:

Abi Morgan – The Iron Lady

Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Amy Jump – Sightseers

Mark O’Rowe – Broken

Paul Andrew Williams – Song For Marion

Peter Strickland – Berberian Sound Studio

BEST ACTRESS:

Alice Lowe – Sightseers

Andrea Riseborough – Shadow Dancer

Elle Fanning – Ginger & Rosa

Judi Dench – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

BEST ACTOR:

Riz Ahmed – Ill Manors

Steve Oram – Sightseers

Terence Stamp – Song For Marion

Tim Roth – Broken

Toby Jones – Berberian Sound Studio

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Alice Englert – Ginger & Rosa

Eileen Davies – Sightseers

Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Olivia Colman – Hyde Park On Hudson

Vanessa Redgrave – Song For Marion

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Billy Connolly – Quartet

Cillian Murphy – Broken

Domhnall Gleeson – Shadow Dancer

Rory Kinnear – Broken

Tom Wilkinson – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER:

Elliott Tittensor – Spike Island

Eloise Laurence – Broken

James Floyd – My Brother The Devil

Paul Brannigan – The Angels’ Share

Zawe Ashton – Dreams Of A Life

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION:

Berberian Sound Studio

Ill Manors

Sightseers

The Imposter

The Sweeney

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT:

Nic Knowland, Cinematography – Berberian Sound Studio

Joakim Sundström, Stevie Haywood, Sound Design – Berberian Sound Studio

Electric Wave Bureau, Music – Broken

Robbie Ryan, Cinematography – Ginger & Rosa

Andrew Hulme, Editing – The Imposter

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

Dreams Of A Life

London – The Modern Babylon

Marley

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

The Imposter

BEST BRITISH SHORT:

Friday

Junk

Skyborn

Swimmer

Volume

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM:

Amour

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Rust And Bone

Searching For Sugar Man

The Hunt

THE RAINDANCE AWARD:

Frank

Strings

Love Tomorrow

City Slacker

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

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 9th December

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