Sunday saw the 15th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards, in London’s Old Billingsgate.

Presented by James Nesbitt, himself a previous winner, the nominees and winners were a mix of both the well-known and unfamiliar. The Variety Award was won by someone you might just have heard of, a certain Jude Law. Much of the rest, however, were picked up by names that don’t immediately trip off the tongue, but who no doubt have big futures ahead of them.

One in particular is Sally El Hoisani with her film My Brother the Devil. The night capped an exceptional year for this critically acclaimed work, as James Floyd received the Most Promising Newcomer gong for his role in the picture, adding to the multiple awards it has bagged at several international festivals in 2012 (not to mention the 100% fresh rating it currently holds on Rotten Tomatoes). Berberian Sound Studio was the biggest success story overall, with four wins to its credit, with Broken and The Imposter both landing a brace. A special mention should go to Rory Kinnear (Broken), who fought off well-established players such as Billy Connolly and Cillian Murphy to take the title of Best Supporting Actor.

These days of course, an awards ceremony just wouldn’t be the same without some kind of lifetime achievement. BIFA’s version of this is in honour of arguably the Emerald Isle’s finest export since the rest of the world began sipping pints of the Black Stuff, Richard Harris. How apt, then, that this year it should go to Michael Gambon, who took over the mantle of Professor Dumbledore after Harris’s passing in 2002. No doubt many a Harry Potter fan saw the poetic justice in that.

The evening was yet another reason to suggest that British film is hot on the heels of America. As Elliot Grove, the founder of BIFA, said: “This year’s nominations demonstrate that British filmmakers are now an international force to be reckoned with.” I couldn’t agree more.

The Full List of Winners are as Follows:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

Sponsored by Moët & Chandon

Broken

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Sponsored by AllCity & Intermission

Peter Strickland – Berberian Sound Studio

 

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

Bart Layton – The Imposter

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Sponsored by BBC Films

Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Amy Jump – Sightseers

BEST ACTRESS

Sponsored by M.A.C

Andrea Riseborough (Colette McVeigh) – Shadow Dancer

 

BEST ACTOR

Toby Jones (Gilderoy) – Berberian Sound Studio

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth) – Hyde Park on Hudson

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sponsored by Sanderson & St Martins Lane

Rory Kinnear (Bob Oswald) – Broken

 

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Sponsored by Studiocanal

James Floyd (Rashid) – My Brother the Devil

 

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

Sponsored by Company3

Berberian Sound Studio

 

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Sponsored by LightBrigade Media

Joakim Sundström, Stevie Haywood AMPS IPS- Sound Design – Berberian Sound Studio

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

The Imposter

 

BEST BRITISH SHORT

Supported by the BFI

Volume

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

The Hunt

 

THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Strings

 

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)

Sir Michael Gambon

 

THE VARIETY AWARD

Jude Law

 

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Sandra Hebron

 

Sources: BIFA, Wikipedia
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