'Sightseers,' 'Berberian Sound Studio' nab seven noms each

LONDON — Rufus Norris’ debut “Broken” leads the race at the British Independent Film Awards with nine nominations, including film and director.

Ben Wheatley’s “Sightseers” and Peter Strickland’s “Berberian Sound Studio” both nabbed seven noms, while Bart Layton’s docu “The Imposter” took six and John Madden’s boffo hit “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” received five. All four will compete with “Broken” in the film and helmer categories.

“Broken” will also take on “Sightseers” and “Berberian Sound Studio” for screenplay, with “The Iron Lady” and “Song for Marion” also competing.

As well as being nommed for helmer, Norris and Layton also square off for the debut helmer kudo against Ben Drew for “Ill Manors,” Rowan Athale for “Wasteland” and Sally El Hosaini, who won British newcomer at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, for “My Brother the Devil.”

Thesps battling for actor include Tim Roth (“Broken”), Riz Ahmed (“Ill Manors”), Steve Oram (“Sightseers”), Terence Stamp (“Song for Marion”) and Toby Jones (“Berberian Sound Studio”).

Alice Lowe (“Sightseers”), Andrea Riseborough (“Shadow Dancer”) and Elle Fanning (“Ginger and Rosa”) will go up against Judi Dench (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) and Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) for actress.

Both Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear from “Broken” are nominated in the supporting actor category, while “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” also picked up supporting noms for Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith. Fanning’s “Ginger and Rosa” co-star Alice Englert was also nommed for supporting actress.

“The Imposter” will compete for docu alongside “Dreams of a Life,” “London: The Modern Babylon,” “Marley” and “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir.”

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner “Amour” will battle it out with Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt,” Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone” and Malik Bendjelloul’s docu “Searching for Sugar Man” for international independent film.

The Raindance Award nominees are “City Slacker,” “Frank,” “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, “Love Tomorrow,” which won the U.K. feature prize at the Raindance Film Festival, and “Strings.”

The 16-person jury, which selects the winners, is chaired by producer Alison Owen and includes actor Tom Hiddleston, scripter Adrian Hodges, Paramount marketing director John Fletcher, and producer Iain Canning, among others.

The BIFAs will take place in London on Dec. 9.

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