'Hunger,' 'In Bruges' dominate BIFA noms

British Independent Film Awards held Nov. 30

LONDON -- "Hunger," Steve McQueen's portrait of 1981 IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, and Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" led the way as nominations for this year's British Independent Film Awards were unveiled Tuesday, taking seven apiece.

Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" followed closely with six noms, while the micro-budgeted "Shifty," directed by Eran Creevy, took five.

"Hunger," "Bruges" and "Millionaire" are each in the running for best British Independent Film, joining "Man on Wire" and "Somers Town."

But McDonagh missed out on a nomination in the best director category. The contenders for that award include McQueen, Boyle, Mark Herman ("The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"), Shane Meadows ("Somers Town") and Garth Jennings ("Son of Rambow").

Michael Fassbender's turn in "Hunger" sees him nominated in the best actor category, where he'll face off with "In Bruges" stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as well as Riz Ahmed ("Shifty") and Thomas Turgoose ("Somers Town")

The best actress nominees are Vera Farmiga ("Pyjamas"), Samantha Morton ("The Daisy Chain"), Keira Knightley ("The Duchess"), Kelly Reilly ("Eden Lake") and Sally Hawkins ("Happy-Go-Lucky").

The BIFA pre-selection committee of 70 members viewed more than 150 films before selecting the nominees.

David Thewlis, a nominee in BIFAs inaugural year, 1998, will be honored with the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor.

The 11th awards are scheduled to take place Nov. 30 at the Old Billingsgate Market in London, hosted by James Nesbitt.

A list of BIFA nominations follows:

Best British independent film:

"In Bruges"
"Man on Wire"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"Somers Town"

Best director:

Mark Herman, "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"
Steve McQueen, "Hunger"
Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Shane Meadows, "Somers Town"
Garth Jennings, "Son of Rambow"

The Douglas Hickox Award (best debut director):

James Watkins, "Eden Lake"
Rupert Wyatt, "The Escapist"
Steve McQueen, "Hunger"
Martin McDonagh, "In Bruges"
Eran Creevy, "Shifty"

Best actress:

Vera Farmiga, "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"
Samantha Morton, "The Daisy Chain"
Keira Knightley, "The Duchess"
Kelly Reilly, "Eden Lake"
Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"

Best actor:

Michael Fassbender, "Hunger"
Colin Farrell, "In Bruges"
Brendan Gleeson, "In Bruges"
Riz Ahmed, "Shifty"
Thomas Turgoose, "Somers Town"

Best screenplay:

Enda Walsh, Steve McQueen, "Hunger"
Martin McDonagh, "In Bruges"
Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Paul Fraser, "Somers Town"
Garth Jennings, "Son of Rambow"

Best supporting actress:

Emma Thompson, "Brideshead Revisited"
Hayley Atwell, "The Duchess"
Kristin Scott Thomas, "Easy Virtue"
Sienna Miller, "The Edge of Love"
Alexis Zegerman, "Happy-Go-Lucky"

Best supporting actor:

Ralph Fiennes, "The Duchess"
Eddie Marsan, "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Liam Cunningham, "Hunger"
Ralph Fiennes, "In Bruges"
Daniel Mays, "Shifty"

Most promising newcomer:

Asa Butterfield, "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"
Dev Patel, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Bill Milner, "Son of Rambow"
Will Poulter, "Son of Rambow"

Best achievement in production:

"The Daisy Chain"
"The Escapist"

Raindance Award:

"One Day Removals"
"Zebra Crossings"

Best technical achievement:

Wardrobe: Michael O'Connor, "The Duchess"
Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, "Hunger"
Editing: Jon Gregory, "In Bruges"
Music: Harry Escott, Molly Nyman, "Shifty"
Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle, "Slumdog Millionaire"

Best documentary:

"A Complete History of My Sexual Failures"
"Man on Wire"
"Of Time and the City"
"Three Miles North of Molkom"

Best British short:

"Alex and Her Arse Truck"
"Gone Fishing"
"Love Does Grow on Trees"
"Red Sands"

Best foreign film:

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
"I've Loved You So Long"
"Waltz With Bashir"
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