3 November 2015

‘The Lobster,’ Tops Nominees for BIFAs

By otm

NOVEMBER 3, 2015 | 02:00AM

Bad news for
‘Suffragette’ and ‘The Danish Girl’ as edgier critical favorites dominate the
U.K.’s answer to the Spirits.

Guy Lodge Film Critic@guylodge

The British
Independent Film Awards
 — the U.K.’s answer to the Film Independent
Spirit Awards — lived up to their outsider roots with this morning’s
nominations announcement, as offbeat festival sensations, edgy genre film and a
hit documentary trumped Oscar-tipped prestige dramas.

Leading the rebel
charge is Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ darkly comic romantic fantasy “The Lobster,” which topped the
list with seven nominations including Best Film, Best Director and performance
mentions for Colin Farrell, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw.

Just behind with six
nominations each were “45 Years,”
Andrew Haigh’s critically adored study of a marriage unraveling in its autumn stages,
and “Macbeth,” Australian helmer
Justin Kurzel’s brutal, highly stylized interpretation of the Shakespeare
standard. Both earned nods in the two top races, as well as for their male and
female leads: respectively, Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling, and Michael Fassbender and
Marion Cotillard.

Rounding out the Best
Film category, each with five nods, was Alex Garland’s sleek, cerebral sci-fi
provocation “Ex Machina” and Asif Kapadia’s wrenching Amy Winehouse doc “Amy,”
the highest grosser in the category.

It’s a selection that
attests to the stylistic range and risk of contemporary British film, as well
as to its growing accommodation of international filmmaking talent. (Champagne
corks will be popping this morning at Film4, the adventurous production outfit
that backed all five of the nominees.) But it’s a strikingly arthouse-inclined
list: The BIFA nominating committee largely cold-shouldered the kind of
commercial heritage cinema that traditionally angles for BAFTA and Oscar glory.

Sarah Gavron’s
“Suffragette,” currently a robust box office performer at home, had to settle
for acting attention only. So did Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” which earned
just one nomination — and not for Eddie Redmayne, whose buzz continues to be
sapped by his co-starAlicia
. She cracks the Best Actress lineup, perhaps edging herself out
for “Ex Machina.” (No, the BIFA voters aren’t buying that supporting
Oscar push
.) Meanwhile, a Best Actor nod for Tom Hardy’s dazzling dual turn as
the Kray twins was all she wrote for “Legend,” a film that overcame mixed
reviews to prove a domestic commercial phenom in the U.K., out-grossing Hardy’s
summer vehicle “Mad Max: Fury Road” and taking more than all the Best Film nominees

The team behind John
Crowley’s “Brooklyn” will be disappointed not to have earned a Best Film
nomination this morning. Still, with five nods, including citations for
screenwriter Nick Hornby and actors Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Julie
Walters, it can consider its trophy trail off to a reasonable start. And while
U.S. awards chatter circles the likes of Charlotte Rampling and “Amy,” the
BIFAs — unlike the bigger, brasher BAFTAs — have little interest in
anticipating or emulating the Academy Awards: The last four winners of their
top prize (“Tyrannosaur,” “Broken,” “Metro Manila” and “Pride”) boast a grand
total of zero Oscar nods between them. At the outset of a season soon to be
flooded with near-identical nominee fields, let’s savor what will surely be the
only list led by “The Lobster.”

The awards will be
presented on Dec. 6 at London’s Old Billingsgate Market. At the ceremony, Kate
Winslet will receive the Variety Award for global achievement.

Full list of nominees

Best British
Independent Film

“Ex Machina”
“45 Years”
“The Lobster”

Best Director
Asif Kapadia, “Amy”
Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
Andrew Haigh, “45 Years”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”
Justin Kurzel, “Macbeth”

Best Actor
Tom Courtenay, “45 Years”
Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”
Michael Fassbender, “Macbeth”
Tom Hardy, “Legend”
Tom Hiddleston, “High-Rise”

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Macbeth”
Carey Mulligan,
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Best Supporting

Luke Evans, “High-Rise”
Brendan Gleeson, “Suffragette”
Domhnall Gleeson, “Brooklyn”
Sean Harris, “Macbeth”
Ben Whishaw, “The Lobster”

Best Supporting

Helena Bonham Carter,
Olivia Colman, “The Lobster”
Anne-Marie Duff, “Suffragette”
Sienna Miller, “High-Rise”
Julie Walters, “Brooklyn”

Best Screenplay
Nick Hornby, “Brooklyn”
Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
Andrew Haigh, “45 Years”
Amy Jump, “High-Rise”
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, “The Lobster”

Best Foreign
Independent Film

“Force Majeure”
“Son of Saul”

Best Debut Director
(Douglas Hickox Award)

Chris and Ben Blaine, “Nina
Corin Hardy, “The Hallow”
Paul Katis, “Kajaki: The True Story”
John Maclean, “Slow West”
Stephen Fingleton, “The Survivalist”

Best Achievement in

Chris King (editing), “Amy”
Fiona Weir (casting), “Brooklyn”
Mark Digby (production design), “Ex Machina”
Andrew Whitehurst (production design), “Ex Machina”
Adam Arkapaw (cinematography), “Macbeth”

Best Documentary
“Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance”
“How to Change the World”
“A Syrian Love Story”

Most Promising

Agyness Dean, “Sunset Song”
Mia Goth, “The Survivalist”
Abigail Hardingham, “Nina Forever”
Milo Parker, “Mr. Holmes”
Bel Powley, “A Royal Night Out”

Producer of
the Year

James Gay-Rees, “Amy”
Tristan Goligher, “45 Years”
Paul Katis and Andrew De Lotbiniere, “Kajaki: The True Story”
Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos and Lee Magiday, “The Lobster”
David A. Hughes and David Moores, “The Violators”

Raindance Discovery

“Burn Burn Burn”
“Orion: The Man Who Would Be King”
“The Return”

Best Short Film
“Love is Blind”

Source: http://variety.com/2015/film/in-contention/the-lobster-macbeth-45-years-top-nominees-for-british-independent-film-awards-1201631535/