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Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson: British Independent Film Awards Best Actress Nominees

Judi Dench Philomena British Independent Film AwardsJudi Dench, Scarlett Johansson: 2013 British Independent Film Awards nominations (image: Judi Dench in 'Philomena')

Since the likes of Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson, James McAvoy, and Tom Hardy are in the running for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, expect at least a little overlapping between the determinedly indie-oriented BIFAs and other awards season nominees and/or winners elsewhere. (See also: "Judi Dench Sole BIFA Nominee Surely to Get BAFTA, Oscar Nominations.")

Judi Dench and Scarlett Johansson are competing in the Best Actress category; Dench for Stephen Frears' Philomena, Johansson for Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. Tom Hardy and James McAvoy are in the running for the Best Actor British Independent Film Award; Hardy for Steven Knight's Locke, McAvoy for Jon S. Baird's Filth.

The top BIFA 2013 movie, however, is David Mackenzie's Starred Up, with a total of eight nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay for Jonathan Asser, Best Actor for Jack O'Connell, and Best Supporting Actor for Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn. Next in line is Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant with seven nominations, followed by Filth, Sean Ellis' Metro Manila, and Roger Michell's Le Week-end with five nominations each. Set in The Philippines' bustling capital, the socially conscious crime thriller Metro Manila is the United Kingdom's submission for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

Of this year's top BIFA 2013 nominees, only Filth failed to receive a Best Independent British Film nod; Philomena was shortlisted in its place. Director Stephen Frears, however, was bypassed along with Le Week-End's Roger Michell; in their place the BIFA jury selected Filth's Jon S. Baird and Under the Skin's Jonathan Glazer. (See also: "British Independent Film Awards: Little Oscar Influence Despite 'The King's Speech,' 'Slumdog Millionaire.'")

2013 British Independent Film Awards jury, awards ceremony date

Jury members for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards included Chair Penny Woolcock (One Mile Away), Scarlett Johansson's Under the Skin co-star Antonia Campbell-Hughes, director Julien Temple (Earth Girls Are Easy), actress MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1), actress Natascha McElhone (Lady Capulet in the 2013 Romeo and Juliet), and three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell (Hugo, The Young Victoria).

Also: Art Malik (Actor), Ate de Jong (Director), Bart Layton (Director), James Floyd (Actor), Jill McCullough (Dialect Coach), Liza Marshall (Producer), Pippa Harris (Producer), Roland Gift (Musician), Sally El Hosaini (Director), and Steve Hamilton Shaw (Producer).

Previous BIFA Best Actor nominee Ewan McGregor (Young Adam) announced the nominees for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards at the hotel St Martins Lane – which just happens to be the name, with a slight different spelling (St. Martin's Lane, for the actual street), of a 1938 British movie featuring Vivien Leigh, Charles Laughton, and Rex Harrison.

The 2013 British Independent Film Award winners will be announced on Sunday, December 8, at the Old Billingsgate Market in London. James Nesbitt will return for his eighth year as the BIFA ceremony host.

2013 British Independent Film Awards nominations

Metro Manila
The Selfish Giant
Starred Up
Le Week-End

Jon S. Baird, Filth
Clio Barnard, The Selfish Giant
Sean Ellis, Metro Manila
Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin
David Mackenzie, Starred Up

Judi Dench, Philomena
Lindsay Duncan, Le Week-End
Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
Felicity Jones, The Invisible Woman
Saoirse Ronan, How I Live Now

Jim Broadbent, Le Week-End
Steve Coogan, Philomena
Tom Hardy, Locke
Jack O'Connell, Starred Up
James McAvoy, Filth

Siobhan Finneran, The Selfish Giant
Shirley Henderson, Filth
Imogen Poots, The Look of Love
Kristin Scott Thomas, The Invisible Woman
Mia Wasikowska, The Double

John Arcilla, Metro Manila
Rupert Friend, Starred Up
Jeff Goldblum, Le Week-End
Eddie Marsan, Filth
Ben Mendelsohn, Starred Up

Charlie Cattrall, Titus
Tina Gharavi, I Am Nasrine
Jeremy Lovering, In Fear
Omid Nooshin, Last Passenger
Paul Wright, For Those in Peril

Harley Bird, How I Live Now
Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas, The Selfish Giant
Caity Lotz, The Machine
Jake Macapagal, Metro Manila
Chloe Pirrie, Shell

Jonathan Asser, Starred Up
Clio Barnard, The Selfish Giant
Steven Knight, Locke
Hanif Kureishi, Le Week-End
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena

Blue Is the Warmest Color
Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
The Great Beauty

A Field in England
Metro Manila
The Selfish Giant
Starred Up

Shaheen Baig: Casting, Starred Up
Johnnie Burn: Sound Design, Under the Skin
Amy Hubbard: Casting, The Selfish Giant
Mica Levi: Music, Under the Skin
Justine Wright: Editing, Locke

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
The Great Hip Hop Hoax
The Moo Man
The Spirit of '45
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

Dr Easy
Dylan's Room

Everyone's Going to Die
The Machine
The Patrol
Sleeping Dogs

Judi Dench Philomena photo: The Weinstein Company.

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