Frears' pic takes seven noms at BIFAs
LONDON — “The Queen,” “The Last King of Scotland” and “This Is England” lead Blighty’s indie noms.Stephen Frears’ royal drama “The Queen” was nominated for seven British Independent Film Awards on Wednesday including indie pic, helmer and femme thesp (Helen Mirren). Mirren will receive the Variety personality of the year award. Kevin Macdonald’s “The Last King of Scotland” and Shane Meadows’ “This Is England” received six noms apiece. Earning five noms each were Andrea Arnold’s “Red Road,” up for best pic, and Roger Michell’s “Venus,” whose noms include actor for Peter O’Toole. Nicholas Hytner’s “The History Boys” scored four mentions. Like “Last King of Scotland,” pic was produced through DNA Films, the U.K. shingle backed by Fox Searchlight. A recent BIFAs rule change allows a pic financed by U.S. studios to qualify for the awards as long as its budget doesn’t exceed $15 million. The noms were announced by this year’s jury topper, veteran producer Sandy Lieberson, at London’s Soho House. The BIFAs will take place Nov. 29 at the Hammersmith Palais in west London.