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Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Leads British Independent Film Awards Race

Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” topped the list of nominations for the British Independent Film Awards announced Tuesday. The film features in seven categories, including film, director and screenplay. Its stars, Hayley Squires and Dave Johns, are both nominated twice, for the acting prizes (actress and actor, respectively) and for most promising newcomer.

“American Honey,” “Adult Life Skills,” “Notes on Blindness” and “Under the Shadow” have six nominations each, while “The Girl With All the Gifts” has four. The nominees for best film are “American Honey,” “Couple in a Hole,” “I, Daniel Blake,” “Notes on Blindness” and “Under the Shadow.”

It’s a particularly strong year for new talent in the performance categories, with most promising newcomer candidates Johns, Squires, and “My Feral Heart’s” Steve Brandon all nominated for lead acting prizes. In the best actress category, Jodie Whitaker (“Adult Life Skills”) and Kate Dickie (“Couple in a Hole”) receive their second BIFA nominations, while the other nominees, Squires, Narges Rashidi (“Under the Shadow”) and Sasha Lane (“American Honey”), are all nominated for the first time.

For best actor, Johns, Max Records (“I Am Not a Serial Killer”), Shia LaBeouf (“American Honey”) and Brandon are all first-time nominees. Michael Fassbender (“Trespass Against Us”) rounds off the category with his third consecutive nomination and his sixth nomination overall, having previously won twice, for “Hunger” (2008) and “Shame” (2011).

All those in the supporting actress and supporting actor categories are first-time nominees with the exception of Sean Harris (“Trespass Against Us”), who is nominated in this category for the third consecutive year.

In the director category, “American Honey’s” Andrea Arnold receives her fourth BIFA nomination having won in the same category for “Fish Tank” in 2009. Loach is nominated for “I, Daniel Blake,” his fifth BIFA nomination. Loach won for “My Name Is Joe” in 1998, when he was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Loach was also recognized with a Special Jury Prize in 2006 when “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” was nominated for four awards, and shared in the Special Jury Prize for Sixteen Films/Team Loach in 2013.

Ben Wheatley is nominated for “Free Fire,” his fifth BIFA nomination; Wheatley won the Raindance Award for his feature film debut, “Down Terrace,” in 2009. Babak Anvari is a first-time nominee for “Under the Shadow,” for which he is also nominated for The Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director. Directing partners Peter Middleton and James Spinney also receive their first BIFA nominations for both director and the Douglas Hickox Award for their debut, “Notes on Blindness.”

More than 130 films were submitted for consideration, and 32 different feature films have been nominated across the awards.

Winners will be announced at the Dec. 4 awards ceremony at Old Billingsgate, London.

The Richard Harris Award is to be announced later in November. The award, introduced in 2002 in honor of Richard Harris, recognizes outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. As previously announced, Naomie Harris will receive The Variety Award, which recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the U.K.

A complete list of 2016 British Independent Film Awards nominees follows:

BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa
COUPLE IN A HOLE Tom Geens, Zorana Piggott
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Rebecca O’Brien
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne
UNDER THE SHADOW Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE Taika Waititi, Carthew Neal, Matt Noonan, Leanne Saunders
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan, Kimberly Steward, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin J. Walsh
MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
MUSTANG Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour, Charles Gillibert
TONI ERDMANN Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Michel Merkt

DIRECTOR
ANDREA ARNOLD American Honey
BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow
BEN WHEATLEY Free Fire
KEN LOACH I, Daniel Blake
PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY, Notes on Blindness

SCREENPLAY
ANDREA ARNOLD American Honey
BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow
BILLY O’BRIEN, CHRISTOPHER HYDE I Am Not a Serial Killer
PAUL LAVERTY I, Daniel Blake
RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills

ACTRESS
HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake
JODIE WHITTAKER Adult Life Skills
KATE DICKIE Couple in a Hole
NARGES RASHIDI Under the Shadow
SASHA LANE American Honey

ACTOR
DAVE JOHNS I, Daniel Blake
MAX RECORDS I Am Not a Serial Killer
MICHAEL FASSBENDER Trespass Against Us
SHIA LABEOUF American Honey
STEVE BRANDON My Feral Heart

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AVIN MANSHADI Under the Shadow
GEMMA ARTERTON The Girl With All the Gifts
NAOMIE HARRIS Our Kind of Traitor
SHANA SWASH My Feral Heart
TERRY PHETO A United Kingdom

SUPPORTING ACTOR
ARINZÉ KENE The Pass
BRETT GOLDSTEIN Adult Life Skills
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD I Am Not a Serial Killer
JAMIE DORNAN Anthropoid
SEAN HARRIS Trespass Against Us

DOCUMENTARY
THE CONFESSION: LIVING THE WAR ON TERROR Ashish Ghadiali, James Rogan
DANCER Steven Cantor, Gabrielle Tana
THE HARD STOP George Amponsah, Dionne Walker
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne
VERSUS: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF KEN LOACH Louise Osmond, Rebecca O’Brien

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CRAFT
JOAKIM SUNDSTRÖM Sound – Notes on Blindness
PAUL MONAGHAN, MAT WHITECROSS Editing – Supersonic
ROBBIE RYAN Cinematography – American Honey
SEB BARKER Visual Effects – The Girl With All the Gifts
SHAHEEN BAIG Casting – Free Fire

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD (DEBUT DIRECTOR)
ADAM SMITH Trespass Against Us
ALICE LOWE Prevenge
BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow
PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY Notes on Blindness
RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills

DEBUT SCREENWRITER
ED TALFAN The Passing (Yr Ymadawiad)
HOPE DICKSON LEACH The Levelling
JOHN CAIRNS, MICHAEL McCARTNEY A Patch of Fog
RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills
SIMON FARNABY, JULIAN BARRATT Mindhorn

BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCER
CAMILLE GATIN The Girl With All the Gifts
DIONNE WALKER The Hard Stop
MICHAEL BERLINER Adult Life Skills
MIKE BRETT, JO-JO ELLISON, STEVE JAMISON Notes on Blindness
PAUL FEGAN Where You’re Meant to Be

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
DAVE JOHNS I, Daniel Blake
HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake
LETITIA WRIGHT Urban Hymn
SENNIA NANUA The Girl With All the Gifts
STEVE BRANDON My Feral Heart

THE DISCOVERY AWARD
BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS Jamie Adams, Jon Rennie
THE DARKEST UNIVERSE Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe, Tiani Ghosh, Jo-Jo Ellison
THE GHOUL Gareth Tunley, Jack Healy Guttmann, Tom Meeten
GOZO Miranda Bowen, Leo Scott
THE GREASY STRANGLER Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard, Daniel Noah, Andrew Starke, Ant Timpson, Josh C Waller, Elijah Wood

BRITISH SHORT
JACKED Rene Pannevis, Ashish Ghadiali, Jennifer Eriksson
MOTHER Leo Leigh, Scott O’Donnell
OVER Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister
RATE ME Fyzal Boulifa, Taina Galis
THE WRONG END OF THE STICK Terri Matthews, Chris Cornwell, Sam Bank

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