‘The Favourite’ Dominates the British Independent Film Awards

Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” definitely lived up to its name at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday, where it won 10 awards, including best director, best screenplay and best British independent film of 2018.

The awards were handed out at Old Billingsgate in London.

Lanthimos’ twisted period piece won in a category whose other nominees were “American Animals,” “Beast,” “Disobedience”  and “You Were Never Really Here.”

Acting awards went to Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz for “The Favourite,” Joe Cole for “A Prayer Before Dawn” and Alessandro Nivola for “Disobedience.”

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Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” won the award for the best international indie, beating out the Gotham Awards winner “The Rider” and three other films in the Oscar foreign-language race: “Capernaum,” “Cold War” and “Shoplifters.”

The BIFA’s three breakthrough awards went to “Ray & Liz” producer Jacqui Davies and director Richard Billingham, and “American Animals” writer Bart Layton. The most promising newcomer award went to “Beast” star Jessie Buckley.

Orlando von Einsiedel’s “Evelyn” won the award for the best indie documentary.

In craft awards announced in advance of the show, “The Favourite” won for its cinematography, casting, production design, costume design and hair and makeup. “You Were Never Really Here” won for its sound and for Jonny Greenwood’s score, while “American Animals” won for editing. The Aardman animated film “Early Man” won for visual effects.

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Going into the awards, “The Favourite” had led all films with 13 nominations. The black comedy, which was shot in England with a largely British cast by the Greek director Lanthimos, was in the unusual position of having been designated a British indie by BIFA and an American indie by the Gotham Awards, where it won a special ensemble acting honor but did not win any competitive awards.

Nominees and most BIFA winners are selected by special juries, with only the Best British Independent Feature award chosen by a vote of the entire membership. As a result, and because entries are restricted to independent British films, the awards typically have little bearing on and little overlap with the Oscars.

Since the British Independent Film Awards were established in 1998, only two of its winners — “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2008 and “The King’s Speech” in 2010 — have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

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Five other films were nominated for the top BIFA award also nominated for Best Picture, but did not win either award. Those were “The Imitation Game,” “Philomena,” “The Queen,” “Elizabeth” and last year’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The complete list of British Independent Film Awards 2018 winners:

Best British Independent Film: “The Favourite”
Best Director: Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Best Screenplay: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, “The Favourite”
Best Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Best Actor: Joe Cole, “A Prayer Before Dawn”
Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Best Supporting Actor: Alessandro Nivola,
Most Promising Newcomer: Jessie Buckley, “Beast”
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director): Richard Billingham, 
”Ray & Liz”
Debut Screenwriter: Bart Layton, “American Animals”
Breakthrough Producer: Jacqui Davies, “Ray & Liz”
The Discovery Award: “Voyageuse”
Best Documentary: “Evelyn”
Best British Short Film: “The Big Day”
Best International Independent Film: “Roma”
Best Casting: “The Favourite”
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell, “The Favourite”
Best Cinematography: Robbie Ryan, “The Favourite”
Best Editing: Nick Fenton, Julian Hart and Chris Gill, “American Animals
Best Effects: Howard Jones, “Early Man”
Best Make Up & Hair Design: Nadia Stacey, “The Favourite”
Best Production Design: Fiona Crombie, “The Favourite”
Best Music: Jonny Greenwood, “You Were Never Really Here”
Best Sound: Paul Davies, “You Were Never Really Here”
Special Jury Prize: Horace Ové
Variety Award: Felicity Jones
Richard Harris Award: Judi Dench

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Aubrey Plaza will host the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Tuesday.

On Nov. 16, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan and “Private Life” star Molly Shannon announced this year’s nominees at a press conference. Best Feature nominees include “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Leave No Trace.”

The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Feb. 23, 2019, and will be broadcast exclusively on IFC at 2 p.m. PT.

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“I am truly honored and delighted to host the Spirits Awards this year,” said Plaza. “It is a dream come true to host a show that celebrates my greatest loves… independent film, the people that make them possible and live television!”

“The search for a great Spirit Awards host is never easy,” added Film Independent president Josh Welsh. “This year we said, let’s find someone funny, smart, a cinephile, being a great actor wouldn’t hurt, and it would be an added bonus if they’ve previously won a Spirit Award. Then we realized, oh wait, that’s Aubrey Plaza! So thank you Aubrey, for hosting the Spirits!”

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Most recently, Plaza starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen in “Ingrid Goes West,” which Plaza also produced,” as well as Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours” and Jim Hosking’s “An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin.” She currently stars in FX’s “Legion” and will next be seen in Lars Klevberg’s remake of “Child’s Play” opposite Brian Tyree Henry.

This year marks the 34th edition of the awards show, which celebrates the very best of independent film. Past Spirit Awards hosts include Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah. Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Production will executive produce and direct for the fifth consecutive year. Shawn Davis returns as producer for his 17th year, while Rick Austin will produce for his fourth year in a row. Danielle Federico and Andrew Schaff return as co-producers.

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‘The Favourite’ Tops BIFA Nominations for British Independent Films

Yorgos Lamthimos’ twisted period piece “The Favourite” led all films in nominations for the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), which were announced on Wednesday in London.

The black comedy, which stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in a tale of 18th century palace intrigue in England, was nominated in 13 categories, two shy of the record set last year by “Lady Macbeth.”

Its nominations come on the heels of three nominations and one award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, which means that the film from a Greek director has been accepted as an American independent film by one awards body and as a British indie by another.

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Bart Layton’s “American Animals” was runner-up with 11 nominations, while Michael Pearce’s “Beast” received 10 and Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” received eight. In the Best British Independent Film category, “The Favourite” was joined by those three films, plus Sebastian Lelio’s “Disobedience.”

Acting nominees included a few Oscar contenders, notably Colman, Stone and Weisz for “The Favourite.” Weisz was also nominated for “Disobedience,” while other nominees included Jessie Buckley for “Beast,” Steve Coogan for “Stan & Ollie,” Joaquin Phoenix for “You Were Never Really Here,” Rachel McAdams for “Disobedience” and Steve Buscemi and Charlie Plummer for “Lean on Pete.”

In the Best International Independent Film category, the only one open to American indies, Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider,” will compete against four films that have been entered in the Oscar foreign-language race: Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters.”

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BIFA nominations are selected by juries of film professionals based in London. In past years, films that have done well at BIFA include “American Honey,” “Metro Manila,” “Lady Macbeth,” “God’s Own Country” and Lanthimos’ “The Lobster.”

The British Independent Film Awards will take place on Dec. 2 in London.

Here are the nominees. The full list of names is available at www.bifa.film.

Best British Independent Film
“American Animals”
“The Favourite”
“You Were Never Really Here”

Best Director
Andrew Haigh, “Lean on Pete”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Bart Layton, “American Animals”
Michael Pearce,” “Beast”
Lynne Ramsay, “You Were Never Really Here”

Best Screenplay
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara, “The Favourite”
Bart Layton, 
”American Animals”
Sebastian Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, “

Michael Pearce, 
Lynne Ramsay, 

”You Were Never Really Here”

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Best Actress
Gemma Arterton, “The Escape”
Jessie Buckley, “Beast”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Maxine Peake, “Funny Cow”
Rachel Weisz, “Disobedience”

Best Actor
Joe Cole, “A Prayer Before Dawn”
Steve Coogan, “Stan & Ollie”
Rupert Everett,
 “The Happy Prince”
Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”
Charlie Plummer, 

”Lean on Pete”

Best Supporting Actress
Nina Arianda, “Stan & Ollie
Rachel McAdams, “Disobedience”
Emma Stone, 
”The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Molly Wright, 

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Best Supporting Actor
Steve Buscemi, 

”Lean on Pete”
Barry Keoghan, 
”American Animals”
Alessandro Nivola,
Evan Peters, 
”American Animals”
Dominic West, “Colette”

Most Promising Newcomer
Jessie Buckley, “Beast”
Michaela Coel, “Been So Long”
Liv Hill, 
Marcus Rutherford, “Obey”
Molly Wright, “Apostasy


The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
Richard Billingham, 
”Ray & Liz”
Daniel Kokotajlo, “Apostasy”
Matt Palmer, “Calibre”
Michael Pearce, “Beast”
Leanne Welham, “Pill”

Debut Screenwriter
Karen Gillian, “The Party’s Just Beginning”
Daniel Kokotajlo, “Apostasy”
Bart Layton, “American Animals”
Matt Palmer, 

Michael Pearce, “Beast”

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Breakthrough Producer
Kristian Brodie, 


Jacqui Davies, “Ray & Liz

Anna Griffin, “Calibre”
Marcie MacLellan, 

Faye Ward, “Stan & Ollie”

The Discovery Award
“The Dig”
“Irene’s Ghost”
“A Moment in the Reeds”
“Super November”

Best Documentary
“Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story”
“Nae Pasaran”
“Under the Wire”

Best British Short Film
“The Big Day”
“Bitter Sea”
“The Field”
“To Know Him”

Best International Independent Film
“Cold War”
“The Rider”

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Best Casting
“The Favourite”
“American Animals
“Stan & Ollie”

Best Costume Design
“The Favourite”
“Stan & Ollie”
“An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin”

Best Cinematography
“American Animals
“Lean on Pete

“The Favourite”
“You Were Never Really Here”
“A Prayer Before Dawn”

Best Editing
“You Were Never Really Here”
“A Prayer Before Dawn
“American Animals
“The Favourite”
“Happy New Year, Colin Burstead”

Best Effects
“Early Man”
“Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back)

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Best Make Up & Hair Design
“Stan & Ollie”
“A Prayer Before Dawn”
“The Favourite”

Best Production Design
“The Favourite”
“Stan & Ollie”
“Ray & Liz”

Best Music
“Island of the Hungry Ghosts”
“You Were Never Really Here

“Funny Cow

“American Animals

Best Sound
“The Favourite”
“You Were Never Really Here”
“A Prayer Before Dawn”
“Time Trial”
“American Animals

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