‘Pride’ named best film of 2014 at British Independent Film Awards

Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton appear in "Pride," named best film of 2014 at the Moet British Independent Film Awards. Staunton picked up the award for supporting actress.
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“Pride,” a drama set in 1984 about gay and lesbian activists raising funds for striking British miners, was named best film of the year Sunday night at the Moet British Independent Film Awards in London.

Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton won supporting-actor and supporting-actress awards for the film.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw won the BIFA for best actress as a mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral in 18th century England in “Belle,” and Brendan Gleeson was named best actor for his performance as an Irish priest in “Calvary.”

Directing honors went to Yann Demange for the historical drama “’71.”


Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age drama “Boyhood” won for best international independent film.

Other awards:

Screenplay: Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, “Frank”

Documentary: “Next Goal Wins”

Achievement in production: “The Goob”

Special jury prize: John Boorman

Douglas Hickox Award for debut feature: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard for “20,000 Days on Earth”

Technical achievement: Stephen Rennicks’ music for “Frank”


British short: “The Karman Line”

Most promising newcomer: Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for “Catch Me Daddy”

Raindance Award: “Luna”

Emma Thompson received the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. And “The Imitation Game” star Benedict Cumberbatch was the recipient of the Variety Award, which recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to “focus the international spotlight on the U.K.”


Actor-writer-comedian Simon Bird hosted the awards from the Old Billingsgate Market in London.