Sunday, December 5, 2010
led with eight nominations and as expected dominated the evening with five awards, for Best Film, Best Screenplay, and acting prizes for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush (who beat co-star Guy Pearce in the Supporting Actor category).
Helena Bonham Carter also picked up the honourary Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film. Director Tom Hooper, however, was beaten by Monsters director Gareth Edwards. Monsters also picked up awards for Best Achievement in Production and Best Technical Achievement.
The other acting award went to Carey Mulligan for her work in Never Let Me Go. It was her second BIFA acting award in a row, having won last year for An Education. Enemies of the People was named Best Documentary, while Best Foreign Film was Un Prophète (A Prophet). Prominent British films Four Lions, Kick-Ass, Another Year and Made In Dagenham were shut out of the awards altogether.
Created in 1998, The British Independent Film Awards were created to "celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public." The ceremony was hosted by actor James Nesbitt.
complete list of winners for the 13th Moët British Independent Film Awards
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
The King’s Speech
Gareth Edwards – Monsters
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
Clio Barnard – The Arbor
David Seidler – The King’s Speech
Carey Mulligan – Never Let Me Go
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Joanne Froggatt – In Our Name
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
Son Of Babylon
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Monsters – Visual Effects – Gareth Edwards
Enemies of the People
BEST BRITISH SHORT
BEST FOREIGN FILM
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)
Helena Bonham Carter
THE VARIETY AWARD
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Jenne Casarotto (Casarotto, Ramsay & Assoc.)