'Moon' tops British indie film awards

Duncan Jones' movie wins trophies for best feature, director

LONDON -- Duncan Jones' "Moon" floated off with the best British film nod during this year's British Independent Film Awards, with Jones also taking home the best debut director plaudits at a ceremony Sunday night.

With Jones absent because he's in preproduction in Los Angeles on his sophmore flick "Source Code," "Moon" producer Stuart Fenegan picked up his brace of awards on his behalf.

Andrea Arnold secured yet another award for "Fish Tank," swimming off with the best director nod, while her movie's lead, Katie Jarvis, a girl plucked from an Essex railway platform to star in the project, took home the most promising newcomer plaudit.

Best actor went to Tom Hardy for his portrayal of infamous British prison inmate "Bronson," while Carey Mulligan took home the best actress nod for her eye-catching turn in "An Education."

John Henshaw, currently on British screens in an advertisement for the Post Office, brought the house down when he accepted his nod for best supporting actor in Ken Loach's "Looking for Eric" with a quip about it being a "difficult year for everyone, but it could have been a toilet duck (I was advertising)."

Best supporting actress went to Anne-Marie Duff for her turn as John Lennon's mother in the biopic "Nowhere Boy."

Armando Iannucci's sweary political saga "In the Loop" took home the best screenplay award.

Daniel Day-Lewis was on hand to pick up the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, while Michael Caine added old-fashioned star power for a special award.

The flashbulbs were popping for a host of actors, including Rupert Grint, Derek Jacobi, Celia Imrie, Lesley Sharp, Jimi Mistry, Jodie Whittaker, Idris Elba, Liam Cunningham, Eddie Marsan, Ian Hart and winners Duff, Mulligan, Hardy and Henshaw.

The nods were dished out Sunday in London at a ceremony hosted by James Nesbitt.

At one point, Nesbitt pleaded with the gathered industry luminaries to be a bit more boisterous, as it was "getting a bit too much like the Baftas," adding that it "was only because I haven't won one yet that I say that."