Judi Dench: Only British Independent Film Nominee to Land BAFTA, Oscar Nods

Judi Dench in 'Philomena' movie: The one British Independent Film Award nominee surely to get BAFTA, Academy Award nominations Among the 2013 British Independent Film Award nominees, only one has a truly good chance of being shortlisted for both the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. That's Best Actress BIFA nominee Judi Dench for Stephen Frears' “based on a true story” drama Philomena, in which Dench […]

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

Judi 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 […]

British Independent Film Awards + Gotham: Sex & Spies + Gay Dad-Straight Son

Mélanie Laurent, Ewan McGregor, Beginners BIFA nominations As expected, Steve McQueen's Shame, Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin are three of the top contenders for the Raindance Institute's 2011 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), the British version of the United States' Spirit Awards (West Coast) and Gotham Awards (East Coast) – apart from the fact that […]

Royal Drama Tops British Independent Film Awards But Director Snubbed + Jennifer Lawrence Wins Stockholm

Royal drama The King's Speech with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Tom Hooper's real-life-inspired crowd-pleaser topped the British Independent Film Awards with five wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Firth), and Best Supporting Actor (Rush) – but curiously, not Best Director. Royal drama tops British Independent Film Awards The King's Speech dominated the 2010 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), collecting five – totally expected – […]

Colin Firth & Keira Knightley: British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Colin Firth as King George VI in Tom Hooper's The King's Speech The fact that The King's Speech rules over the 2010 British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations is no surprise. The story of how King George VI was able to overcome a stubborn stutter after being made king, The King's Speech received a total of eight nods, including Best Film, Best Director (Tom Hooper), […]

British Independent Film Awards: Moon Mystery Tops + Andrzej Wajda Passion & Death Tale Is FIPRESCI Winner

Moon with Sam Rockwell. This year's British Independent Film Awards Best Picture winner, Duncan Jones' Moon has elements in common with, among other sci-fi/mystery thrillers, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Basil Dearden's The Man Who Haunted Himself. Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and supercomputer GERTY (which sounds kinda like Kevin Spacey) are all alone on the moon when Bell suffers an accident as […]

British Indies' Awards + Gay Seattle Winners & Host Ricky Gervais

Katie Jarvis in Fish Tank (top); Sam Rockwell in Moon (middle); Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper in An Education (bottom) '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 […]

Stockholm Film Festival Awards + British Independent Film Award Winners

Writer-director Courtney Hunt's Frozen River takes place in the days before Christmas near a border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec, where two single mothers – one white, one Mohawk – in dire straits dive into the border-smuggling underworld. Melissa Leo (above, with Michael O'Keefe), who has recently won best actress honors at the Marrakech Film Festival, stars. Bronze Horse […]

Stockholm + Blue Dragon Award Winners: Abortion Drama & Gangster Action Comedy Top Picks

Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days received the Bronze Horse for best film at the 2007 edition of the Stockholm Film Festival. Mungiu's drama about a young woman helping a friend to undergo an illegal abortion during the Nicolae Ceausescu era was chosen for its depiction of a “strictly controlled society” along which “lies horrifying tests for body and […]

British Independent Film Awards: 'Queen' vs. 'King'

There were numerous surprises at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) ceremony, which was held yesterday, Nov. 29, in West London. Out of its six nominations, the unofficial favorite, Stephen Frears' The Queen, about the battle of wills between Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) following Princess Diana's death, won only one award – Best Screenplay for Peter […]

Truman Capote Movie Tops Gotham Awards + Hayao Miyazaki & Gay Cowpokes In Contention

Capote with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Instead of Ang Lee's gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain, the National Society of Film Critics went for Bennett Miller's gay author drama Capote, which chronicles Truman Capote's increasing emotional attachment to a convicted murderer (played by Clifton Collins Jr.) while doing research for his book In Cold Blood, about the brutal 1959 murder of a Kansas family and its aftermath. […]