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Nov 01 2017

BIFA Nominations: Lady Macbeth and Three Billboards Boosts

by Nathaniel R

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool received 4 nominationsHot on the heels of the Gotham Awards,the British Independent Film Awards have announced their 2017 nominations.Though they don't tend to get much press in the US due to the the first two words in their title,they're worth noting.And,we'd argue,they're worth noting precisely for their limited jurisdiction.Awards groups with their own identity / purview are all too rare.Lady Macbethled the field (15 nominations) with gay romantic dramaGod's Own Country(11 nominations),political satireThe Death of Stalin(13 nominations),I Am Not a Witch(12 nominations) and one big tragicomedy Oscar hopefulThree Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri(11 nominations) also super popular

I think the nomination I'm happiest to see (just because it was no sure thing) is Jamie Bell inFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpoolfor Best Actor.He's just brilliant in the film as I've mentioned before but it's the type of role -- nuanced / romantic / skewing "feminine"in its appeal -- for which male actors are rarely honored no matter how good they are.The complete list of nominees is after the jump...

Best British Independent Film


  • The Death Of StalinArmando Iannucci,David Schneider,Ian Martin,Yann Zenou,Kevin Loader,Nicolas Duval Adassovsky,Laurent Zeitoun
  • God's Own CountryFrancis Lee,Jack Tarling,Manon Ardisson
  • I Am Not A WitchRungano Nyoni,Juliette Grandmont,Emily Morgan
  • Lady MacbethWilliam Oldroyd,Alice Birch,Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriMartin McDonagh,Graham Broadbent,Pete Czernin

Best International Independent Film

Get Out

  • The Florida Project(US) Sean Baker,Chris Bergoch,Kevin Chinoy,Andrew Duncan,Alex Saks,Francesca Silvestri,Shih-Ching Tsou
  • Get Out(US) Jordan Peele,Jason Blum,Edward H Hamm Jr,Sean McKittrick
  • I Am Not Your Negro(US) Raoul Peck,James Baldwin,Hébert Peck,Rémi Grellety
  • Loveless(Russia) Andrey Zvyaginstev,Oleg Negin,Gleb Fetisov,Sergey Melkumov,Alexander Rodnyansky
  • The Square(Sweden) Ruben Östlund,Erik Hemmendorff

Best Director

  • The Death Of StalinArmando Iannucci
  • God's Own CountryFrancis Lee
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriMartin Mcdonagh
  • I Am Not A WitchRungano Nyoni
  • Lady MacbethWilliam Oldroyd

Best Screenplay

  • Lady MacbethAlice Birch
  • The Death Of StalinArmando Iannucci,David Schneider,Ian Martin
  • God's Own CountryFrancis Lee
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriMartin Mcdonagh
  • I AmNot A WitchRungano Nyoni

Best Actress

Margaret Mulumba is only 8 years old and nominated for I AM NOT A WITCH

  • DaphneEmily Beecham
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriFrances Mcdormand
  • I Am Not A WitchMargaret Mulubwa
  • Lady MacbethFlorence Pugh
  • Dark RiverRuth Wilson

Best Actor

God's Own Country

  • Film Stars Don't Die In LiverpoolJamie Bell
  • JourneymanPaddy Considine
  • JawboneJohnny Harris
  • God's Own CountryJosh O'connor
  • God's Own CountryAlec Secareanu

Best Supporting Actress

  • Lady MacbethNaomi Ackie
  • The PartyPatricia Clarkson
  • Goodbye Christopher RobinKelly Macdonald
  • The Death Of StalinAndrea Riseborough
  • Film Stars Don't Die In LiverpoolJulie Walters

Best Supporting Actor

The supporting men of THREE BILLBOARDS...we should add Harrelson to the chart,too.

  • The Death Of StalinSimon Russell Beale
  • The Death Of StalinSteve Buscemi
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriWoody Harrelson
  • God's Own CountryIan Hart
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriSam Rockwell

Most Promising Newcomer

  • Lady MacbethNaomi Ackie
  • Just CharlieHarry Gilby
  • Lady MacbethCosmo Jarvis
  • Chubby FunnyHarry Michell
  • Pin CushionLily Newmark

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)

  • Pin CushionDeborah Haywood
  • God's Own CountryFrancis Lee
  • JawboneThomas Napper
  • I Am Not A WitchRungano Nyoni
  • Lady MacbethWilliam Oldroyd

Debut Screenwriter

  • Lady MacbethAlice Birch
  • Their FinestGaby Chiappe
  • JawboneJohnny Harris
  • God's Own CountryFrancis Lee
  • I Am Not A WitchRungano Nyoni

Breakthrough Producer

  • Pin CushionGavin Humphries
  • I Am Not A WitchEmily Morgan
  • Bad Day For The CutBrendan Mullin,Katy Jackson
  • Lady MacbethFodhla Cronin O'reilly
  • God's Own CountryJack Tarling,Manon Ardisson

The Discovery Award

  • Even When I FallSky Neal,Kate McLarnon,Elhum Shakerifar
  • HalfwayBen Caird,Jonny Paterson
  • In Another LifeJason Wingard,Hannah Stevenson,Rebecca Clare Evans
  • IsolaniR Paul Wilson,Lisa Hague
  • My Pure LandSarmad Masud,Bill Kenwright

Best Documentary

  • Almost HeavenCarol Salter
  • Half WayDaisy-May Hudson
  • Kingdom Of UsLucy Cohen,Julia Nottingham,Lucas Ochoa,Thomas Benski,Bill Rudgard
  • Uncle HowardAaron Brookner,Paula Vaccaro
  • WilliamsMorgan Matthews,Hayley Reynolds,Sarah Hamilton

Best British Short Film

  • 1745Gordon Napier,Morayo Akandé,John McKay
  • Fish StoryCharlie Lyne,Catherine Bray,Anthony Ing
  • The EntertainerJonathan Schey,Jodie Brown,Jun Bung Lee
  • WorkAneil Karia,Scott O'Donnell
  • Wren BoysHarry Lighton,John Fitzpatrick,Sorcha Bacon

Best Cinematography

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriBen Davis
  • I Am Not A WitchDavid Gallego
  • JawboneTat Radcliffe
  • Leaning Into The WindThomas Riedelsheimer
  • Lady MacbethAri Wegner

Best Casting

  • Lady MacbethShaheen Baig
  • God's Own CountryShaheen Baig,Layla Merrick-Wolf
  • The Death Of StalinSarah Crowe
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriSarah Halley Finn
  • Film Stars Don't Die In LiverpoolDebbie Mcwilliams

Best Costume Design

My Cousin Rachel

  • My Cousin RachelDinah Collin
  • The Death Of StalinSuzie Harman
  • How To Talk To Girls At PartiesSandy Powell
  • I Am Not A WitchHolly Rebecca
  • Lady MacbethHolly Waddington

Best Editing

  • WilliamsJohnny Burke
  • JawboneDavid Charap
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriJon Gregory
  • The Death Of StalinPeter Lambert
  • Us And ThemJoe Martin

Best Effects

  • The RitualNick Allder,Ben White
  • JourneymanLuke Dodd
  • The Death Of StalinEffects Team
  • Double DateDan Martin
  • Their FinestChris Reynolds

Best Make Up & Hair Design

  • I Am Not A WitchJulene Paton
  • BreatheJan Sewell
  • JourneymanNadia Stacey
  • The Death Of StalinNicole Stafford
  • Lady MacbethSian Wilson

Best Music

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriCarter Burwell
  • Leaning Into The WindFred Frith
  • I Am Not A WitchMatt Kelly
  • JawbonePaul Weller
  • The Death Of StalinChristopher Willis

Best Production Design

  • Lady MacbethJacqueline Abrahams
  • The Death Of StalinCristina Casali
  • Final PortraitJames Merifield
  • I Am Not A WitchNathan Parker
  • Film Stars Don't Die In LiverpoolEve Stewart

Best Sound

  • God's Own CountryAnna Bertmark
  • I Am Not A WitchMaiken Hansen
  • JawboneAndy Shelley,Steve Griffiths
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,MissouriJoakim Sundström
  • BreatheSound Team

What do you make of their nominations?

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Reader Comments (16)

How odd that Bell and Walters made the cut without Bening.

November 1,2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Carden

Interesting set of nominees.I haven't paid much attention to them in the past,but it seems as if they really love Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.It is very odd that Bening is not nominated here,but glad to see Bell and Walters nominated.

November 1,2017 | Unregistered CommenterRobert J.

Same takeaway.Really not great for Annette Bening.

November 1,2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

While reviews were positive for Bening,many highlighted it as Bell's show.I I don't like jumping to conclusions but the miss here confirms what I suspected: she's not a threat this year.I think the best she can hope for is a GG Comedy nomination.

Interesting that Breathe also got a nomination but no signs of Foy or Garfield.

Another major thing I'd point out is Get Out's shutout in the International category.Making it with heavy hitters like I Am Not Your Negro and The Square.It's coming strong.

November 1,2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve_Man

I watched the trailer for 'Film Stars...' and thought that Bening was playing Melanie Griffith instead of Gloria Grahame.Though I don't have a concrete portrait of Gloria in her later years,I will support this film and hope for the best...

November 1,2017 | Unregistered CommenterTOM

Nothing for Annette?She really can't get a break.

November 1,2017 | Unregistered CommenterHilary Swank

Really hoping the love for Sam Rockwell holds!Would love to see him get his due

November 1,2017 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

@DAVID I am absolutely with you on Rockwell.

It just may be that Bening is not all that in the movie!!??

November 1,2017 | Unregistered Commentergrrr

Great list!but sad tt Bening din make the cut.If she din get any love fr Indie Spirit awards or GG next then her chance is really gone.

The best actress race here looks like to be between McDormand n Pugh now.

November 1,2017 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

I never really believed Bening was happening this year tbh.

November 1,2017 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

Quite a totally different list of nominees than the more mainstream film awards -- but of course since this is very independent film-focused (whatever independent means nowadays).So pleasantly surprised to see Paul Weller nominated for his score/music inJawbone-- a film I have got to see.Being a fan of The Jam and The Style Council growing up,I support any film Paul Weller affiliates himself.

Also surprised not to see Annette Bening's name in the lead actress category.While the focus is on Frances McDormand and Florence Pugh given the nominations of their respective films,I am very curious about Ruth Wilson's new filmDark Riverand Emily Beecham inDaphne.Also very intrigued ofI Am Not a Witchwhich claims to have English as the language.That probably makes sense given the occupation of the UK in a country that was known then as Northern Rhodesia.

Also happy to see Julie Walters and Jamie Bell in the same movie and getting nominations for their work.I often wonder what Mrs Wilkinson would say to Billy after many years.

November 2,2017 | Unregistered CommenterOwl

Bifa is becoming the real Bafta

November 2,2017 | Unregistered Commentermirko

Yes,Jamie Bell's nomination is great alongside the two GOD'S OWN COUNTRY actors.

November 2,2017 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Poor Bening!Film stars don't get nominated in London.

November 3,2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Is this the first time they have added a costume category?

November 3,2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny Hintergardt

I think Harrelson and Rockwell are going to be the double dippers this year.

November 4,2017 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

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