British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) 2012 nominations announced

The nominations for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards have been announced, and it’s heartening to see some Total Film favourites occupying the shortlist.

We were particularly pleased to see recognition for gaspworthy doc The Imposter , giallo throwback Berberian Sound Studio , and Ben Wheatley’s none-more-British ultra-dark comedy Sightseers .

My Brother The Devil , an urban drama that’s anything but stereotypical, earns two nods in the Best Debut Director and Most Promising Newcomer categories.

Scoring big with a whopping nine nominations is Rufus Norris’ Broken , which hasn’t had a UK release yet. Starring Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear, the drama centres on the after-effects of an act of violence.

Adrian Lester announced the nominations in London today, and you can see the full list below:

Best British Independent Film
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Berberian Sound Studio
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Imposter

Best Director
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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]
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Bart Layton – The Imposter
Ben Drew – Ill Manors
Rowan Athale – Wasteland
Rufus Norris – Broken
Sally El Hosaini – My Brother The Devil

Best Screenplay
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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
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Alice Lowe (Tina) – Sightseers
Andrea Riseborough (Colette McVeigh) – Shadow Dancer
Elle Fanning (Ginger) – Ginger & Rosa
Judi Dench (Evelyn Greenslade) – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher) – The Iron Lady

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed (Aaron) – Ill Manors
Steve Oram (Chris) – Sightseers
Terence Stamp (Arthur) – Song For Marion
Tim Roth (Archie) – Broken
Toby Jones (Gilderoy) – Berberian Sound Studio

Best Supporting Actress

Alice Englert (Rosa) – Ginger & Rosa
Eileen Davies (Carol) – Sightseers
Maggie Smith (Muriel Donnelly) – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth) – Hyde Park On Hudson
Vanessa Redgrave (Marion) – Song For Marion

Best Supporting Actor
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Billy Connolly (Wilf) – Quartet
Cillian Murphy (Mike Kiernan) – Broken
Domhnall Gleeson (Connor) – Shadow Dancer
Rory Kinnear (Bob Oswald) – Broken
Tom Wilkinson (Graham Dashwood) – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Most Promising Newcomer
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Elliott Tittensor (Tits) – Spike Island
Eloise Laurence (Skunk) – Broken
James Floyd (Rashid) – My Brother The Devil
Paul Brannigan (Robbie) – The Angels’ Share
Zawe Ashton (Joyce Vincent) – Dreams Of A Life

Best Achievement In Production

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Berberian Sound Studio
Ill Manors
The Imposter
The Sweeney

Best Technical Achievement
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Nic Knowland Bsc – Cinematography – Berberian Sound Studio
Joakim Sundström, Stevie Haywood AMPS IPS – 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
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir
The Imposter

Best British Short
Supported by the BFI


Best International Independent Film

Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Rust & Bone
Searching For Sugar Man
The Hunt

The Raindance Award

Love Tomorrow
City Slacker
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

The winners of the 2012 BIFAs will be announced on 9 December 2012.

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