'Moon,' 'Fish Tank': British Independent Film Award Nominations
Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank leads the list of 2009 British Independent Film Award nominees.
The tale of a rough teenager (Katie Jarvis) whose life is upended after her mother gets a new boyfriend, Fish Tank was shortlisted in eight categories including best independent British film, best director, best screenplay (Arnold), best actress (Jarvis), best supporting actress (Kierston Wareing), best supporting actor (2008 BIFA best actor winner Michael Fassbender), and most promising newcomer (also Jarvis).
Duncan Jones' feature-film debut, the sci-fi thriller Moon, received seven nominations including best British film, best director, best debut director, and best actor (Sam Rockwell).
Lone Scherfig's An Education, about a London schoolgirl (best actress nominee Carey Mulligan) who falls for a man in his 30s; Armando Iannucci's political comedy In the Loop; and Sam Taylor Wood's John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy each garnered six nominations.
Best foreign film nominees include Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo, a clever look at former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti and the netherworld of Italian politics; Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker; and Tomas Alfredson's Swedish vampire tale Let the Right One In.
Curiously, Jane Campion's Bright Star, about the short-lived love affair between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, was shortlisted in four categories including best director, best actress (Abbie Cornish), and best supporting actress (Kerry Fox) – but not best film, best screenplay, best actor (Ben Whishaw), or best supporting actor (the much-praised Paul Schneider).
Also absent from the British Independent Film Award list of nominees are Christopher Plummer and Heath Ledger for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; Emma Thompson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Cara Seymour for An Education; and filmmaker Ken Loach for Looking for Eric.
Of note: three of the five best director nominees are women (Campion, Scherfig, and Arnold), in addition to actress-turned-filmmaker Samantha Morton (for The Unloved) in the best debut director category.
Also worthy of note, especially considering that truly small movies – no matter how good – hardly ever get recognized by award-giving groups (including those promoting “independent” films), are this year's Raindance Award nominations for films made against the odds: Marc Price's zombie-horror Colin, J. Blakeson's drama The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Ben Wheatley's comedy Down Terrace, Stuart Hazeldine's thriller Exam, and Gordon Mason's documentary They Call It Acid.
The British Independent Film Award nominees are selected by an Advisory Committee whose members are supposed to have watched more than 200 films before making their selections. To be considered for this year's awards, a film must have had a public, paid screening or UK festival screening between December 1, 2008, and November 30, 2009. Its budget cannot exceed £10 million (US$ 20 million).
Among those in the jury panel who'll be voting for this year's winners are actors Jodie Whittaker, Idris Elba, Liam Cunningham, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan, documentary filmmaker Kate Blewett, and directors Sarah Gavron and Eran Creevy.
Among previous BIFA winners that have gone on to win or be nominated for awards elsewhere are Slumdog Millionaire, Waltz with Bashir, The Lives of Others, City of God, Mike Leigh for Vera Drake, Rachel Weisz for The Constant Gardener, Viggo Mortensen for Eastern Promises, Steve McQueen for Hunger, and Stephen Daldry for Billy Elliot.
The British Independent Film Award winners will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 6, at The Brewery in London. James Nesbitt will host the ceremony.
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
In the Loop
BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Hurt Locker
Let The Right One In
The Age of Stupid
The End of The Line
Mugabe and The White African
Sons of Cuba
Sounds Like Teen Spirit
Andrea Arnold – Fish Tank
Armando Iannucci – In the Loop
Duncan Jones – Moon
Jane Campion – Bright Star
Lone Scherfig – An Education
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
Armando Iannucci – In the Loop
Duncan Jones – Moon
Peter Strickland – Katalin Varga
Sam Taylor Wood – Nowhere Boy
Samantha Morton – The Unloved
Abbie Cornish – Bright Star
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria
Katie Jarvis – Fish Tank
Sophie Okonedo – Skin
Aaron Johnson – Nowhere Boy
Andy Serkis – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Peter Capaldi – In the Loop
Sam Rockwell – Moon
Tom Hardy – Bronson
An Education – Nick Hornby
Fish Tank – Andrea Arnold
In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Moon – Nathan Parker
Nowhere Boy – Matt Greenhalgh
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Christian McKay – Me & Orson Welles
Edward Hogg – White Lightnin'
George MacKay – The Boys Are Back
Hilda Péter – Katalin Varga
Katie Jarvis – Fish Tank
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
Bunny & The Bull
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Bright Star – Cinematography – Greig Fraser
Bunny & The Bull – Production Design – Gary Williamson
Fish Tank – Cinematography – Robbie Ryan
Moon – Original Score – Clint Mansell
Moon – Production Design – Tony Noble
RAINDANCE AWARD (“for filmmakers working against the odds”)
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
They Call It Acid
BEST BRITISH SHORT
Christmas with Dad
Love You More
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution to British Film)
THE VARIETY AWARD
To Be Announced
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Announced at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday 6 December
Nominees are selected by an Advisory Committee. Winners are selected by a jury panel.
Jury: Actress Jodie Whittaker, Actors Idris Elba, Liam Cunningham, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan, Directors Sarah Gavron and Eran Creevy, Producers Dixie Linder, Anita Overland and Adrian Sturges, Documentary Filmmaker Kate Blewett, Film Marketing Consultant Robert Mitchell, Projectionist Paul Speed, and Head of Distribution and Exhibition at The UK Film Council Peter Buckingham.
Chicago Film Festival Awards
International Feature Film Competition
Gold Hugo for Best Film: MISSISSIPPI DAMNED (US)
Silver Hugo for Special Jury Award: FISH TANK (UK)
Silver Hugo for Best Dir.: Marco Bellocchio for VINCERE (Italy)
Silver Hugo for Best Actress: Giovanna Mezzogiorno of VINCERE (Italy)
Silver Hugo for Best Actor: Filippo Timi of VINCERE (Italy)
Gold Plaque for Best Supporting Actress: Jossie Harris Thacker in MISSISSIPPI DAMNED (US)
Gold Plaque for Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender in FISH TANK (UK)
Gold Plaque for Best Scr.: Tina Mabry of MISSISSIPPI DAMNED (USA)
Gold Plaque for Best Cinematography: Daniele Ciprì (VINCERE, Italy)
Gold Plaque for Best Art Direction: HIPSTERS (Russia)
Silver Plaque: BACKYARD (Mexico)
New Directors Competition
Gold Hugo: GIGANTE (Uruguay)
Silver Hugo: MADE IN CHINA (USA)
Gold Plaque: PARTNERS (Switzerland/France)
Gold Hugo: COOKING HISTORY (Austria/Slovakia/Czech Republic)
Silver Hugo: RACING DREAMS (USA)
Gold Plaque in Direction: SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION (USA)
Short Film Competition
Gold Hugo for Best Short Film: THE HISTORY OF AVIATION (Hungary)
Silver Hugo Grand Jury Prize for Short Film: GOOD ADVICE (Sweden)
Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short Film: SKHIZEIN (France)
Gold Plaque for Best Experimental Short Film: PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS (UK)
Gold Plaque for Best Student Short Film: CHERRY ON THE CAKE (UK)
Gold Plaque for Best Essay Short Film: THE ILLUSION (Cuba)
Special Mention for Best Ensemble Performances: SHORT TERM 12 (USA)
Special Mention for Animated Short Film: ATTACHED TO YOU (Sweden)
Chicago Award Competition: WET
A Special Mention: GIRLS ON THE WALL
A Special Mention: AN EVENING WITH EMERY LONG
Audience Award: Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, by Lee Daniels
Runners-up: An Education, by Lone Scherfig; No Hard Feelings! by Yves Hanchar
Career Achievement Award: Uma Thurman
Career Achievement Award: Willem Dafoe
Career Achievement Award: Patrice Chéreau
Artistic Achievement Award: Lee Daniels
Breakthrough Performance Award: Gabourey Sidibe
International Feature Film Competition Jury: jury president Jacqueline Bisset (UK), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Iran), Duane Byrge (US), Pablo Cruz (Mexico), and Bruce Sheridan (New Zealand)
New Directors Competition Jury: Charin Alvarez (USA),Chiara Arroyo Cella (Spain), Leonardo Garcia Tsao (Mexico),and David Robinson (UK)
Documentary Jury: John Russell Taylor (UK), Matt Irvine (USA), Alison Cuddy (USA).
Short Film Jury: Jacinta Banks, John Bleeden, Gabe Clinger, and Armando Ibanez
Chicago Award Jury: Kathleen Ermitage, Betsy Steinberg, and Mike McNamara
Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais to Host Awards Ceremony
Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Ricky Gervais, probably best known for his role as David Brent on the BBC version of The Office, will host the 2010 Golden Globe Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 17, 2010, on NBC.
This year's show will be broadcast live coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m. (PT) / 8-11 p.m. (ET) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. This marks the first time the Golden Globes telecast has had a host since 1995.
“Not only is this the biggest Hollywood celebration of the industry which includes both film and TV,” Gervais is quoted as saying in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's press release, “but also an environment where I feel I can get free reign as a host. I have resisted many other offers like this, but there are just some things you don't turn down.”
Gervais' latest feature-film effort was The Invention of Lying, which he wrote, directed, and starred opposite Jennifer Garner. Cemetery Junction – Gervais' second film as writer and director, and his first writing-directing feature-film partnership with Stephen Merchant – is slated to be released in April 2010. Also in the Cemetery Junction cast: Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, and Matthew Goode.
Nominations for 2010 Golden Globes will be announced at 5 a.m. (PT) on Tuesday, December 15.
2009 Tokyo Film Festival Awards
2009 Tokyo Film Festival: October 17-25, 2009
In Kamen Kalev's Bulgarian drama Eastern Plays, two estranged brothers are unexpectedly brought together after they play opposing roles in a racist beating – Georgi is a new member of a neo-Nazi group; Itso, a drug-addicted artist, rescues the victimized Turkish family. Compounding matters, Georgi (Ovanes Torosian) starts to question his place in the neo-nazi movement while Itso (Tokyo best actor winner Christo Christov) falls for the Turkish girl he saved. Eastern Plays is the second film featuring neo-nazi characters to win a top international film festival prize this week. Nicolo Donato's Danish drama Brotherhood, about two neo-nazis who fall in love with one another, was the winner at the Rome Film Festival a few days ago.
Tokyo SAKURA Grandprix: Eastern Plays, Dir.: Kamen Kalev
Best Dir.: Kamen Kalev, Eastern Plays
Special Jury Prize: Rabia, Dir.: Sebastian Cordero
Best Actress: Julie Gayet, Huit fois debout / Eight Times Up
Best Actor: Christo Christov (above left, with Ovanes Torosian), Eastern Plays
Audience Award: The Trotsky, Dir.: Jacob Tierney
Earth Grand Prix: Wolf, Dir.: Nicolas Vanier
Winds of Asia / Middle East
Best Asian Film Award: A Brand New Life, Dir.: Ounie Lecomte
Special Contribution Award: Yasmin Ahmad
Special Mention: I Saw the Sun, Dir.: Mahsun Kirmizigül
Best Picture Award: LIVE TAPE, Dir.: Tetsuaki Matsue
Tokyo International Film Festival Site