'Sunday,' 'Heart' nab 5 noms each

LONDON — “Morvern Callar” nabbed seven nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards, closely followed by “Bloody Sunday” and “The Lawless Heart” with five apiece.

Those three movies will contest the award for best British independent film along with “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Sweet Sixteen.”

The actor category is shaping up as a veterans race, with Richard Harris (“My Kingdom”) vying with Bill Nighy (“The Lawless Heart”), Timothy Spall (“All or Nothing”) and James Nesbitt (“Bloody Sunday”).

The younger generation is better represented in the actress section, where Samantha Morton (“Morvern Callar”) and Elaine Cassidy (“Disco Pigs”) are up against Shirley Henderson and Harriet Walter (both from “Villa des Roses”).

This year, as well, Variety‘s U.K. Personality Award, the only award not voted for by the fest’s jury, will honor Scottish thesp Ewan McGregor.

Variety‘s exec editor Steven Gaydos said: “No major U.K. star has toiled as actively in independent films as Ewan McGregor. It’s our great pleasure to honor and celebrate Ewan’s career at the BIFA Awards and it is also extremely meaningful for Variety to make a contribution in his name to Ewan’s most special charity, Rachel House, Scotland’s first children’s hospice.”

This is the fifth edition of the BIFAs, now sponsored by Park Caledonia. The winners will be announced Oct. 30 at Pacha in London.

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