Scarlett Johansson Takes On Judi Dench at British Indie Film Awards

'Starred Up,' 'Selfish Giant' lead nominations race

LONDON — Scarlett Johansson goes head to head with Judi Dench in the contest for best actress at the Moët British Independent Film Awards. Nominations were unveiled Monday by Ewan McGregor.

Dench, who is nommed for “Philomena,” and Johansson, who is up for “Under the Skin,” vie with Lindsay Duncan for “Le Week-end,” Felicity Jones for “The Invisible Woman” and Saoirse Ronan for “How I Live Now.”

“Philomena” and “The Invisible Woman” are two of the few movies that are in the Oscar race this year. The films are distributed Stateside by Weinstein Co. and Sony Pictures Classics, respectively. Otherwise, many of the films nominated for the British Independent Awards were not released in the U.S. this past year, and thus ineligible for Oscar. Only twist in the Oscar race is that Steve Coogan was nommed as lead actor in “Philomena,” though many consider him supporting.

The International Independent category includes two entries from the U.S., Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha.”

David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up” leads the pack chasing the awards, with eight noms, including film, director, screenplay for Jonathan Asser, actor for Jack O’Connell, and two supporting actor noms for Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn.

“The Selfish Giant” picked up seven nominations, and “Filth,” “Metro Manila” and “Le Week-end” all picked up five nominations each.

Along with O’Connell for “Starred Up,” leading men hoping to take home the actor award include Jim Broadbent for “Le Week-end,” Steve Coogan for “Philomena,” Tom Hardy for “Locke” and James McAvoy for “Filth.”

More than 200 films were up for consideration in an extremely competitive year, according to Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint directors of the awards. “The variety of films submitted reached a new level this year with films covering a range of subject-matters and genres that perfectly showcases the diversity and creativity at work in British independent filmmaking today,” they said in a joint statement.

Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund, said: “Where other awards sometimes fear to tread, the (awards) put the wild creativity of British independent filmmaking front and center. This year we have witnessed a renewed confidence in bold U.K. filmmaking, which has been recognized around the world and will inspire a new generation of talent.”

A pre-selection committee of 70 members viewed more than 200 films, out of which they selected the nominations, which were decided by ballot.

The winners are decided by a jury comprised of Penny Woolcock (director), Antonia Campbell-Hughes (actress), Art Malik (actor), Ate de Jong (director), Bart Layton (director), James Floyd (actor), Jill McCullough (dialect coach), Julien Temple (director), Liza Marshall (producer), MyAnna Buring (actress), Natascha McElhone (actress), Pippa Harris (producer), Roland Gift (musician), Sally El Hosaini (director), Sandy Powell (costume designer), and Steve Hamilton Shaw (producer).

The awards ceremony will be hosted by actor James Nesbitt on Dec. 8 at the Old Billingsgate in London. It will be streamed live exclusively on http://www.film3sixty.com/moetbifa from 8 p.m. GMT.

Metro Manila
The Selfish Giant
Starred Up
Le Week-end

Jon S Baird – Filth
Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant
Sean Ellis – Metro Manila
Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin
David Mackenzie – Starred Up

Charlie Cattrall – Titus
Tina Gharavi – I Am Nasrine
Jeremy Lovering – In Fear
Omid Nooshin – Last Passenger
Paul Wright – For Those in Peril

Jonathan Asser – Starred Up
Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant
Steven Knight – Locke
Hanif Kureishi – Le Week-end
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan – Philomena

Judi Dench – Philomena
Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end
Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman
Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now

Jim Broadbent – Le Week-end
Steve Coogan – Philomena
Tom Hardy – Locke
Jack O’Connell – Starred Up
James McAvoy – Filth

Siobhan Finneran – The Selfish Giant
Shirley Henderson – Filth
Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love
Kristin Scott Thomas – The Invisible Woman
Mia Wasikowska – The Double

John Arcilla – Metro Manila
Rupert Friend – Starred Up
Jeff Goldblum – Le Week-end
Eddie Marsan – Filth
Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up

Harley Bird – How I Live Now
Conner Chapman / Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant
Caity Lotz – The Machine
Jake Macapagal – Metro Manila
Chloe Pirrie – Shell

A Field in England
Metro Manila
The Selfish Giant
Starred Up

Shaheen Baig – Casting – Starred Up
Johnnie Burn – Sound Design – Under the Skin
Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant
Mica Levi – Music – Under the Skin
Justine Wright – Editing – Locke

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
The Great Hip Hop Hoax
The Moo Man
The Spirit of ’45
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

Dr Easy
Dylan’s Room

Blue is the Warmest Colour
Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
The Great Beauty

Everyone’s Going to Die
The Machine
The Patrol
Sleeping Dogs

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

To be announced

Announced at the awards

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