Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley Among British Independent Film Awards Nominees

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' '71' and 'Pride' lead the nominations, with 'The Imitation Game,' Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender also among the nominees

Irish thriller ’71 on Monday earned the most nominations for the 17th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards.

Yann Demange’s debut feature got nine nominations, including for best British independent film, best director, debut director, best screenplay, best actor for Jack O’Connell and best supporting actor for Sean Harris.

Pride, the all-star U.K. comedy about the LGBT movement’s involvement with the British miners’ strike in the 1980s, picked up seven nominations, including for best supporting actress for Imelda Staunton, while Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mike Leigh's Cannes competition entry Mr Turner got five apiece.

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In terms of big stars, it is down to The Imitation Game to bring home the BIFA bacon, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley getting best actor and actress nominations.

Major international shout-outs went to Alicia Vikander with a best actress nomination for Testament of Youth, Maggie Gyllenhaal for best supporting actress in Frank and Michael Fassbender for best supporting actor in Frank.

In the best international independent film category, nominations went to Blue Ruin, Boyhood, Fruitvale Station and The Babadook.

The Monday nominations event also saw Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper unveiled as the jury head to decide the 2014 award winners, which will be announced in a ceremony on Dec. 7.

Hooper’s The King’s Speech was a big winner at the BIFAs in 2010. Other past winners of the best film award include Slumdog Millionaire, Moon and The Constant Gardener.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

'71

Calvary

Mr Turner

Pride

The Imitation Game

BEST DIRECTOR

John Michael McDonaghCalvary

Lenny AbrahamsonFrank

Matthew WarchusPride

Mike Leigh Mr Turner

Yann Demange '71

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Daniel Wolfe, Matthew WolfeCatch Me Daddy

Hong KhaouLilting

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard20,000 Days on Earth

Morgan MatthewsX+Y

Yann Demange'71

BEST SCREENPLAY

Graham MooreThe Imitation Game

Gregory Burke'71

John Michael McDonaghCalvary

Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan Frank

Stephen BeresfordPride


BEST ACTRESS

Alicia VikanderTestament of Youth

Cheng Pei PeiLilting

Gugu Mbatha-RawBelle

Keira KnightleyThe Imitation Game

Sameena Jabeen AhmedCatch Me Daddy


BEST ACTOR

Asa ButterfieldX+Y

Benedict CumberbatchThe Imitation Game

Brendan GleesonCalvary

Jack O'Connell '71

Timothy SpallMr Turner


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Dorothy AtkinsonMr Turner

Imelda StauntonPride

Maggie GyllenhaalFrank

Sally HawkinsX+Y

Sienna GuilloryThe Goob


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Andrew ScottPride

Ben Schnetzer Pride

Michael FassbenderFrank

Rafe Spall X+Y

Sean Harris ‘71


MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Ben SchnetzerPride

Cara DelevingneThe Face of An Angel

Gugu Mbatha-RawBelle

Liam Walpole The Goob

Sameena Jabeen AhmedCatch Me Daddy

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

'71

20,000 Days on Earth

Catch Me Daddy

Lilting

The Goob


BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Chris Wyatt - Editing - '71

Dick Pope - Cinematography - Mr Turner

Robbie Ryan - Cinematography - Catch Me Daddy

Stephen Rennicks - Music – Frank

Tat Radcliffe - Cinematography - '71


BEST DOCUMENTARY

20,000 Days on Earth

Next Goal Wins

Night Will Fall

The Possibilities Are Endless

Virunga


BEST BRITISH SHORT

Crocodile

Emotional Fusebox

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Slap

The Karman Line


BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue Ruin

Boyhood

Fruitvale Station

Ida

The Babadook


THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Flim: The Movie...

Gregor

Luna

Keeping Rosy

The Beat Beneath My Feet

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