Historical drama ‘’71' leads British Independent Film nominations with 9

The historical drama “Pride,” starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, earned seven British Independent Film Award nominations.
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Yann Demange’s “’71" dominated the British Independent Film nominations Monday morning. The historical drama set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, earned nine nominations including best British independent film, director and debut director for Demange, lead actor for Jack O’Connell, who is the star of Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” and supporting actor for Sean Harris.

Another historical drama, “Pride,” received seven nominations, while Mike Leigh’s biopic “Mr. Turner,” the comedy “Frank” and the drama “Catch Me Daddy” followed with five nominations a piece.

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

Vying with Demange in the director category are John Michael McDonagh for “Calvary,” Lenny Abrahamson for “Frank,” Matthew Warchus for “Pride” and Mike Leigh for “Mr. Turner.”


Competing with O’Connell for lead actor are Asa Butterfield for “X + Y,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” Brendan Gleeson for “Calvary” and Timothy Spall for “Mr Turner.”

Lead actress nominations went to Alicia Vikander for “Testament of Youth,” Cheng Pei-pei for “Lilting,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Belle,” Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game” and Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for “Catch Me Daddy.”

The winners will be announced Dec. 7 at the Old Billingsgate in London.

A full list of nominees/winners follows:


British Independent Film



“Mr Turner”

“Pride” | WINNER

“The Imitation Game”




John Michael McDonagh – “Calvary”

Lenny Abrahamson – “Frank”

Matthew Warchus – “Pride”

Mike Leigh – “Mr Turner”

Yann Demange  – “’71" | WINNER


The Douglas Hickox Award [Debut Director]

Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe – “Catch Me Daddy”


Hong Khaou – “Lilting”

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – “20,000 Days on Earth” | WINNER

Morgan Matthews – “X+Y”

Yann Demange – “’71"



Graham Moore – “The Imitation Game”

Gregory Burke  – “’71"

John Michael Mcdonagh – “Calvary”

Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – “Frank” | WINNER

Stephen Beresford – “Pride”



Alicia Vikander – “Testament of Youth”

Cheng Pei Pei – “Lilting”

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” | WINNER

Keira Knightley – “The Imitation Game”

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – “Catch Me Daddy”



Asa Butterfield  – “X+Y”

Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game”

Brendan Gleeson – “Calvary” | WINNER

Jack O’Connell – “’71"

Timothy Spall – “Mr Turner”


Supporting Actress

Dorothy Atkinson – “Mr Turner”

Imelda Staunton – “Pride” | WINNER

Maggie Gyllenhaal – “Frank”

Sally Hawkins – “X+Y”

Sienna Guillory – “The Goob”


Supporting Actor

Andrew Scott – “Pride” | WINNER

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” | WINNER


Achievement in Production


“20,000 Days on Earth”

“Catch Me Daddy”


“The Goob” | WINNER


Technical Achievement

Chris Wyatt - Editing - “’71"

Dick Pope - Cinematography - “Mr Turner”

Robbie Ryan - Cinematography - “Catch Me Daddy”

Stephen Rennicks - Music – “Frank” | WINNER

Tat Radcliffe - Cinematography - “’71"



“20,000 Days on Earth”

“Next Goal Wins” | WINNER

“Night Will Fall”

“The Possibilities Are Endless”



British Short


“Emotional Fusebox”

“Keeping Up With the Joneses”


“The Kármán Line” | WINNER


International Independent Film

“Blue Ruin”

“Boyhood” | WINNER

“Fruitvale Station”


“The Badadook”


The Raindance Award

“Flim: The Movie...”


“Luna” | WINNER

“Keeping Rosy”

“The Beat Beneath My Feet


The Richard Harris Award (For Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film)

Emma Thompson 


The Variety Award

Benedict Cumberbatch


The Special Jury Prize

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