Oscar Favorites Miss Out on Gongs at British Independent Film Awards

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U.K. comedy 'Pride' collected the most awards while 'The Imitation Game' failed to crack the judges' code

U.K. comedy Pride was the big winner at the British Independent Film Awards, held in London on Sunday evening.

At a glittering event hosted by Simon Bird, star of this 2014’s biggest U.K. film The Inbetweeners 2, Pride took home the best British independent film award, along with best supporting actor and actress prizes for its stars Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton, respectively.

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From nine nominations, Irish thriller ’71 won best director for Yann Demange on his debut feature. Best actor went to Brendan Gleeson for his turn as a trouble priest in Calvary, while newcomer Gugu Mbatha-Raw took best actress for her breakthrough role as an 18th century aristocrat in Amma Asante’s Belle.

Expected Oscar contender The Imitation Game, which was up for four awards including best film, best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and best actress for Keira Knightley, came away empty handed.

A bumper crop of talent from the U.K. was present, including Cumberbatch, Knightley, Timothy Spall, Emma Thompson, Rafe Spall, Mark Strong, Asa Butterfield and Helen Mirren. Mirren described the awards as the "beating heart of the British film industry."

Here is the complete list of nominees and winners.

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

'71

Calvary

Mr Turner

Pride - WINNER

The Imitation Game

 

BEST DIRECTOR

John Michael McDonaghCalvary

Lenny AbrahamsonFrank

Matthew WarchusPride

Mike LeighMr Turner

Yann Demange '71 - WINNER
 

 

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Daniel Wolfe, Matthew WolfeCatch Me Daddy

Hong KhaouLilting

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard20,000 Days on Earth - WINNER

Morgan MatthewsX+Y

Yann Demange'71

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Graham Moore The Imitation Game

Gregory Burke – '71

John Michael McDonaghCalvary

Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan Frank - WINNER

Stephen BeresfordPride

 

BEST ACTRESS

Alicia Vikander – Testament of Youth

Cheng Pei Pei – Lilting

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle - WINNER

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed Catch Me Daddy

 

BEST ACTOR

Asa Butterfield X+Y

Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game

Brendan GleesonCalvary - WINNER

Jack O'Connell'71

Timothy SpallMr Turner 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

Dorothy AtkinsonMr Turner

Imelda StauntonPride- WINNER

Maggie GyllenhaalFrank

Sally HawkinsX+Y

Sienna GuilloryThe Goob

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Andrew ScottPride - WINNER

Ben SchnetzerPride

Michael FassbenderFrank

Rafe SpallX+Y

Sean Harris‘71

 

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Ben SchnetzerPride

Cara DelevingneThe Face of An Angel

Gugu Mbatha-RawBelle

Liam WalpoleThe Goob

Sameena Jabeen AhmedCatch Me Daddy - WINNER

 

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

'71

20,000 Days on Earth

Catch Me Daddy

Lilting

The Goob - WINNER

 

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Chris Wyatt - Editing - '71

Dick Pope - Cinematography - Mr Turner

Robbie Ryan - Cinematography - Catch Me Daddy

Stephen Rennicks - Music – Frank - WINNER

Tat Radcliffe - Cinematography - '71

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

20,000 Days on Earth

Next Goal Wins - WINNER

Night Will Fall

The Possibilities Are Endless

Virunga

 

BEST BRITISH SHORT

Crocodile

Emotional Fusebox

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Slap

The Kármán Line - WINNER

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue Ruin

Boyhood - WINNER

Fruitvale Station

Ida

The Babadook

 

THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Flim: The Movie...

Gregor

Luna - WINNER

Keeping Rosy

The Beat Beneath My Feet

 

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

Emma Thompson

 

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

John Boorman

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