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Thriller ’71’ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards

LONDON — Yann Demange’s thriller “‘71” tops the nominations for the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards.

“‘71” has nine nominations, including for British independent film, director and debut director for Demange, screenplay for Gregory Burke, actor for Jack O’Connell and supporting actor for Sean Harris. Pic centers on a young British soldier, played by O’Connell, who is stranded in an IRA controlled area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1971.

Matthew Warchus’ “Pride” picked up seven nominations, and “Catch Me Daddy,” “Frank” and “Mr Turner” nabbed five nominations each.

Nominees in the acting categories include Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” and Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Frank.”

Joining “’71” in the British independent film category are “Calvary,” “Mr Turner,” “Pride” and “The Imitation Game.”

More than 250 films were submitted. A pre-selection committee of more than 70 members selected the nominees. The winners, which will be decided by a jury, will be revealed at the awards ceremony on Dec. 7 at Old Billingsgate in London. Tom Hooper, who directed “The King’s Speech,” will chair the jury.

BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
’71
Calvary
Mr Turner
Pride
The Imitation Game

DIRECTOR
John Michael McDonagh – Calvary
Lenny Abrahamson – Frank
Matthew Warchus – Pride
Mike Leigh – Mr Turner
Yann Demange – ’71

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD FOR DEBUT DIRECTOR
Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe – Catch Me Daddy
Hong Khaou – Lilting
Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth
Morgan Matthews – X+Y
Yann Demange – ’71

SCREENPLAY
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Gregory Burke – ’71
John Michael McDonagh – Calvary
Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – Frank
Stephen Beresford – Pride

ACTRESS
Alicia Vikander – Testament of Youth
Cheng Pei Pei – Lilting
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

ACTOR
Asa Butterfield – X+Y
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Brendan Gleeson – Calvary
Jack O’Connell – ’71
Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Dorothy Atkinson – Mr Turner
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank
Sally Hawkins – X+Y
Sienna Guillory – The Goob

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Andrew Scott – Pride
Ben Schnetzer – Pride
Michael Fassbender – Frank
Rafe Spall – X+Y
Sean Harris – ‘71

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Ben Schnetzer – Pride
Cara Delevingne – The Face of an Angel
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
Liam Walpole – The Goob
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
’71
20,000 Days on Earth
Catch Me Daddy
Lilting
The Goob

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Chris Wyatt – Editing – ’71
Dick Pope – Cinematography – Mr Turner
Robbie Ryan – Cinematography – Catch Me Daddy
Stephen Rennicks – Music – Frank
Tat Radcliffe – Cinematography – ’71

DOCUMENTARY
20,000 Days on Earth
Next Goal Wins
Night Will Fall
The Possibilities Are Endless
Virunga

BRITISH SHORT
Crocodile
Emotional Fusebox
Keeping Up With The Joneses
Slap
The Karman Line

INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
Blue Ruin
Boyhood
Fruitvale Station
Ida
The Badadook

THE RAINDANCE AWARD
Flim: The Movie…
Gregor
Luna
Keeping Rosy
The Beat Beneath My Feet

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)
To Be Announced

THE VARIETY AWARD
To Be Announced

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Announced at the awards ceremony

THE JURY
Tom Hooper, jury chair (director), Jonathan Romney (writer, director), Jon S. Baird (writer, director), Luke Treadaway (actor), Mary Burke (producer), Sean Ellis (writer, director), Shira Macleod (film programming consultant), Stanley Tucci (actor, director), Thea Sharrock (director), Tinge Krishnan (director) Tracy O’Riordan (producer) and Zawe Ashton (actor, director).

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