I’d add to this, but they’ve summed things up beautifully. Congratulations to all the winners! (And especially to Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Brendan Gleeson, whose performances I thoroughly enjoyed.)
London, Sunday 7thDecember – A glittering array of talent turned out this evening for the 17thMoët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate, which was hosted by THE INBETWEENERS star, Simon Bird.
The lucky winners took home the iconic award designed by Fredrikson Stallard and created by Swarovski as well as a personalised, Swarovski crystal encrusted magnum of Moët & Chandon.
Best British Independent Film was won by PRIDE. Yann Demange won Best Director for ’71, Gugu Mbatha-Raw won Best Actress for BELLE and Brendan Gleeson won Best Actor for CALVARY. Andrew Scott collected his award for Best Supporting Actor for PRIDE and Imelda Staunton took home her award for Best Supporting Actress also for her role in PRIDE.
PRIDE won the most awards on the night, picking up Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.
Joint Directors; The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “In our final year as Directors it is terrific to see such an amazing mix of the established and new being represented in our honourees tonight. The range of diverse and unique talent in this country is awe inspiring. Our jury has had some truly tough decisions to make. We hope these results will excite audiences and encourage more people to search out these films creating a greater demand for British Independent cinema. 2014 also sees us celebrate five years of a fabulous partnership with title sponsor Moët & Chandon, who add that extra sparkle each year for which we are incredibly grateful.”
As previously announced, Emma Thompson was awarded the coveted Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, and Benedict Cumberbatch the Variety Award, which recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to shine the international spotlight on the UK. The Special Jury Prize went to John Boorman.
Elsa Corbineau, Marketing Director Moët & Chandon commented; “Marking our 5th Anniversary as title sponsors of the Moët British Independent Film Awards and long-time supporters of British film, Moët & Chandon is delighted to share in the celebrations of tonight’s very well deserved winners. To toast the successes of 2014, guests joined us in creating a seven-foot champagne fountain to salute a year of amazing achievements.”
The Raindance Award was won by LUNA. Elliot Grove, Founder of BIFA and the Raindance Film Festival added; “British filmmakers are at the top of their game and amongst the most creative in the world, covering a diverse range of stories, passionately told and featuring outstanding acting talent. BIFA is proud to lead the celebrations at the start of the Award season.”
The Moët British Independent Film Awards are proud to announce the following winners for 2014 (highlighted below in red):BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILMSponsored by Moët & Chandon’71CalvaryMr TurnerPrideThe Imitation GameBEST DIRECTORSponsored by AllCity & Intermission John Michael McDonagh – Calvary Lenny Abrahamson – Frank Matthew Warchus – PrideMike Leigh – Mr TurnerYann Demange – ’71THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]Sponsored by 3 Mills StudiosDaniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe – Catch Me DaddyHong Khaou – LiltingIain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on EarthMorgan Matthews – X+YYann Demange – ’71BEST SCREENPLAYSponsored by BBC FilmsGraham Moore – The Imitation GameGregory Burke – ’71John Michael McDonagh – CalvaryJon Ronson, Peter Straughan – FrankStephen Beresford – PrideBEST ACTRESSSponsored by M.A.C CosmeticsAlicia Vikander – Testament of YouthCheng Pei Pei – LiltingGugu Mbatha-Raw – BelleKeira Knightley – The Imitation GameSameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me DaddyBEST ACTOR
Sponsored by Movado
Asa Butterfield – X+YBenedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation GameBrendan Gleeson – CalvaryJack O’Connell – ’71Timothy Spall – Mr Turner
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSDorothy Atkinson – Mr TurnerImelda Staunton – PrideMaggie Gyllenhaal – FrankSally Hawkins – X+YSienna Guillory – The GoobBEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Sponsored by St Martins Lane
Andrew Scott – PrideBen Schnetzer – PrideMichael Fassbender – FrankRafe Spall – X+Y Sean Harris – ‘71MOST PROMISING NEWCOMERBen Schnetzer – PrideCara Delevingne – The Face of An AngelGugu Mbatha-Raw – BelleLiam Walpole – The GoobSameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
20,000 Days on Earth
Catch Me Daddy
The GoobBEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTChris Wyatt – Editing – ’71Dick Pope – Cinematography – Mr TurnerRobbie Ryan – Cinematography – Catch Me DaddyStephen Rennicks – Music – FrankTat Radcliffe – Cinematography – ’71BEST DOCUMENTAR Y20,000 Days on EarthNext Goal WinsNight Will FallThe Possibilities Are EndlessVirungaBEST BRITISH SHORTCrocodileEmotional FuseboxKeeping Up With The JonesesSlapThe Kármán LineBEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILMBlue Ruin
IdaThe BabadookTHE RAINDANCE AWARDFlim: The Movie…
GregorLunaKeeping RosyThe Beat Beneath My FeetTHE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to BritishFilm)Emma Thompson
THE VARIETY AWARDBenedict CumberbatchTHE SPECIAL JURY PRIZEJohn BoormanNow in its 17th year, the Awards were created by Raindance in 1998 and set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.Previous winners of the prestigious Best British Independent Film Award include METRO MANILA, TYRANNOSAUR, THE KING’S SPEECH, MOON, CONTROL, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE CONSTANT GARDENER and THIS IS ENGLAND.Proud supporters and patrons of The Moët British Independent Film Awards include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.The Moët British Independent Film Awards would like to thank all its supporters, especially: Moët & Chandon, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films, M.A.C Cosmetics, Movado, Raindance, St Martins Lane, Soho House, Swarovski, Variety, AllCity,Intermission.