‘Beast’ dominates blighty indie kudos

Pic brings home four prizes, including best British indie film

LONDON — Jonathan Glazer’s “Sexy Beast” was the runaway winner at the 2001 British Independent Film Awards, picking up four prizes including best British indie film.

The FilmFour movie won all the categories in which it was nominated. Glazer took director honors, while Louis Mellis and David Scinto took the screenplay trophy, and Ben Kingsley garnered the actor prize.

On top of that, the film’s Jeremy Thomas was named British producer of the year.

Kingsley’s triumph meant that his co-star Ray Winstone, a fellow contender in the best actor category, was the only nominee from “Sexy Beast” who went away empty-handed.

Kate Ashfield won the actress prize for her role in “Late Night Shopping,” beating such better-known names as Kate Winslet (“Enigma”) and Samantha Morton (“Pandaemonium”).

Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” was named best foreign indie film in the English language, and Wong Kar-Wai’s “In the Mood for Love” won the foreign-language pic award.

Asif Kapadia, director of “The Warrior,” won the Douglas Hickox Award for Brit debut helmer. The pic’s cinematographer, Roman Osin, also took the prize for technical achievement.

Ben Whishaw won the newcomer award for his role in “My Brother Tom.”

Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen of Miramax Films, were awarded the FilmFour Special Jury Prize. Chris Menges got a lifetime achievement kudo and Richard Curtis was on hand to accept his honor as Variety’s U.K. Personality of the Year.

The 4th annual BIFA ceremony took place at the Park Lane Hotel in London.

And the winners are …

British Independent Film: “Sexy Beast”

Foreign Independent Film, Foreign Language: “In the Mood for Love”

Foreign Independent Film, English Language: “Memento”

Actor: Ben Kingsley, “Sexy Beast”

Actress: Kate Ashfield, “Late Night Shopping”

Director: Jonathan Glazer, “Sexy Beast”

The Douglas Hickox Award for a British director on their debut feature: Asif Kapadia, “The Warrior”

Screenplay: Louis Mellis and David Scinto, “Sexy Beast”

Most Promising Newcomer: Ben Whishaw, “My Brother Tom”

Technical Achievement: Roman Osin, “The Warrior”

Achievement in Production: “Gas Attack”

Music: Dave Pearce, “South West Nine”

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