Tuesday, October 28, 2008

British Independent Film Awards

I just heard from my friend Lucinda, that she heard on gaydar radio that Hunger got more BIFA nominations (7) than The Duchess! So I did a google look see and I found gold!!!

'Hunger,' 'In Bruges' dominate BIFA noms
British Independent Film Awards held Nov. 30

By Stuart Kemp
Oct 28, 2008, 08:57 AM ET

"Hunger"LONDON -- "Hunger," Steve McQueen's portrait of the 1981 IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, and Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" grabbed the biggest haul of nominations, announced Tuesday, for this year's British Independent Film Awards, taking seven apiece. Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" snared six nominations, while micro-budgeted "Shifty," directed by Eran Creevy, took five nominations.

"Hunger," "Bruges" and "Millionaire" are all in the running for best British Independent Film along with "Man on Wire," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Somers Town." But McDonagh missed out on a nomination in the best director category with the winner coming from the contenders McQueen, Boyle, Mark Herman ("The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"), Shane Meadows ("Somers Town") and Garth Jennings ("Son of Rambow").

Michael Fassbender's turn in "Hunger" sees him nominated for best actor, but he will have to see off "In Bruges" stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as well as Riz Ahmed ("Shifty") and Thomas Turgoose ("Somers Town") to secure the nod. The best actress nod will go to one from Vera Farmiga ("Striped Pyjamas"), Samantha Morton ("The Daisy Chain"), Keira Knightley ("The Duchess"), Kelly Reilly ("Eden Lake") and Sally Hawkins ("Happy-Go-Lucky").

The BIFA pre-selection committee of 70 members viewed more than 150 films, out of which they selected the nominations. David Thewlis, a nominee in BIFAs inaugural year 1998, will be honored with the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor. The 11th awards are scheduled to take place on Nov. 30 at the Old Billingsgate Market in London, hosted by James Nesbitt.

Selected BIFA nominations follow:

Best British independent film: "Hunger" "In Bruges""Man on Wire""Slumdog Millionaire""Somers Town"

Best director: Mark Herman, "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"Steve McQueen, "Hunger"Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"Shane Meadows, "Somers Town"Garth Jennings, "Son of Rambow"

The Douglas Hickox Award (best debut director): James Watkins, "Eden Lake"Rupert Wyatt, "The Escapist"Steve McQueen, "Hunger"Martin McDonagh, "In Bruges"Eran Creevy, "Shifty"

Best actress: Vera Farmiga, "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"Samantha Morton, "The Daisy Chain"Keira Knightley, "The Duchess"Kelly Reilly, "Eden Lake"Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"

Best actor: Michael Fassbender, "Hunger"Colin Farrell, "In Bruges"Brendan Gleeson, "In Bruges"Riz Ahmed, "Shifty"Thomas Turgoose, "Somers Town

This is all getting so exciting! Go to the link at Hollywood Reporter. And if I were you, I would watch 'In Bruges' also, that movie is FANTASTIC also. Tough competition for Michael and Steve, but I think they'll come out fine!


greyeyegoddess said...

I actually want to see In Brudges because of what you and others have said about it.

All this talk of all these nominations is just wonderful.

Simone said...

I rented In Brudges about 2-3 months ago. It's great! I love Ralph Fiennes and Colin Farrell (when he's not acting like a manwhore), and the movie is as funny as it is brutal. British gangsters are a crazy bunch.

And I'm just tickled pink for Michael and Steve, AND Liam, for all their hard work getting due praise! :-)

Tina said...

ok I swear to god I posted a comment earlier and it isnt there! How bizarre! I also commented on In Bruges! I only go to the movies a couple times a year unfortuntaly and i went out of my way to see IN BRUGES in the theater. IT is a wodnerful film, but I want HUNGER and Michael to win.

P.S. I know I psoted a comment earlier becuase I rememeber seeing my profile pic showup.

Tina said...

P.S. I am a dork. I posted a comment on the other thread! lol

greyeyegoddess said...


Simone said...

Hey girls. It is tough rooting for two movies that you feel are outstanding and deserve the highest praise around awards time. Had not one or the other been released the same time, I would be rallying for either one - I though In Bruges was outstanding, but I'm very biased towards Hunger all because of Michael and because it was just a superb film all around.

I'm embarrassed to say that the accents that Colin, Brendan and Ralph used were so hush and fast and strong that I had to turn on my closed caption so that I could understand every word that was said. And it was a good thing because of all the slang they used. And when Brendan and Ralph were on the telephone, the CC helped tremendously. :p

greyeyegoddess said...

I do hope that all the good reviews and great critiques, that Hunger does take home some of the awards.

I guess I should see what they are saying about the other movies.