Renee Zellweger triumphs at 2019 British Independent Film Awards

Renee Zellweger’s awards season run is off to a great start as she won the Best Actress prize at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) on Sunday.The star claimed the honour for her lead role in Judy Garland biopic Judy, but she was not present at…

Renee Zellweger’s awards season run is off to a great start as she won the Best Actress prize at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) on Sunday.

The star claimed the honour for her lead role in Judy Garland biopic Judy, but she was not present at the show, and the trophy was accepted on her behalf by the film’s producer, David Livingstone.

Backstage at the London event, David told WENN that Renee had skipped the ceremony to look after her sick dog Chester back home in Los Angeles.

It was also a big night for Syrian civil war film For Sama, which was named Best British Independent Film and Best Documentary, and earned Best Director for Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

The Personal History of David Copperfield was the night’s top winner, earning five awards in total, including Best Screenplay for Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, and Best Supporting Actor for Hugh Laurie.

Meanwhile, Kristin Scott Thomas was presented with the 2019 Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best British Independent Film – For Sama

Best Director – Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, For Sama

Best Screenplay – Armando Iannucci, The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Actress – Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Supporting Actress – Ruthxjiah Bellenea, The Last Tree

Best Actor – Josh O’Connor, Only You

Best Supporting Actor – Hugh Laurie, The Personal History of David Copperfield

Most Promising Newcomer – Sam Adewunmi, The Last Tree

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) – Harry Wootliff, Only You

Debut Screenwriter – Emma Jane Unsworth, Animals

Breakthrough Producer – Kate Byers and Linn Waite, Bait

The Discovery Award – Children of the Snow Land

Best Documentary – For Sama

Best British Short Film – Anna

Best International Independent Film – Parasite

Best Casting – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Cinematography – Beats

Best Costume Design – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Editing – For Sama

Best Effects – A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Best Make Up & Hair Design – Judy

Best Music – Wild Rose

Best Production Design – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Sound – Beats

The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film – Kristin Scott Thomas

The Special Jury Prize – Amanda Nevill

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Kristin Scott Thomas to be honoured at British Independent Film Awards

Kristin Scott Thomas is to receive a special honour at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). The English Patient actress will receive the Richard Harris Award for her outstanding contribution to British film at the Old Billingsgate in Londo…

Kristin Scott Thomas is to receive a special honour at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

The English Patient actress will receive the Richard Harris Award for her outstanding contribution to British film at the Old Billingsgate in London on 1 December.

“To be recognised in memory of the great and unequalled Richard Harris is very special, and a true honour,” Thomas said in a statement to Variety. “I am proud beyond measure to be receiving this award and joining the ranks of many famously and undeniably brilliant and talented actors.”

The Richard Harris Award, named after the late Irish actor, has previously been presented to the likes of Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

“Kristin Scott Thomas has created many memorable characters in iconic British films,” said Harris’ son, Chernobyl star Jared Harris. “Whether she is making us laugh, cry or shake in our shoes, it is always in that inimitable Kristin Scott Thomas way. The Richard Harris Award at this year’s BIFAs is richly deserved.”

The Four Weddings and a Funeral star has received three BIFA nominations throughout her career, for her supporting roles in Easy Virtue, Nowhere Boy, and The Invisible Woman.

The Personal History of David Copperfield, Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel, was revealed as the top contender when the nominations were read out at the end of October.

It landed 11 nominations, in categories such as Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Dev Patel and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton, respectively. It will have close competition from Wild Rose, In Fabric, and The Souvenir.

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The Personal History of David Copperfield leads BIFA nominations

The Personal History of David Copperfield will be the top contender at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards with 11 nominations. Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, has landed n…

The Personal History of David Copperfield will be the top contender at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards with 11 nominations.

Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, has landed nominations for categories including Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Patel and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton, respectively.

It’s followed closely by Wild Rose, starring Jessie Buckley as a rising singer, with 10 nominations, thriller In Fabric with nine, and The Souvenir with eight.

Renee Zellweger has landed a Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of icon Judy Garland in the biopic Judy. She will go up against her Judy co-star Jessie Buckley, who has been nominated for her leading role in Wild Rose as well as Sally Hawkins for Eternal Beauty, Holliday Grainger for Animals, and Vicky Knight for Dirty God.

For the Best Actor prize, Patel will compete against Tom Burke for The Souvenir, Josh O’Connor for Only You, Sam Adewunmi for The Last Tree, and Kris Hitchen for Sorry We Missed You.

Other notable nominees include Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is up for the debut director and supporting actor prizes for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Swinton’s daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne, who is up for Most Promising Newcomer for her leading role in The Souvenir.

Other nominees for Best British Independent Film include Wild Rose, The Souvenir, For Sama and Bait, while the Best International Independent Film nominees include Marriage Story, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Monos, Parasite, and Ash is Purest White.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 1 December.

The main list of nominees is as follows:

Best British Independent Film:

Bait

For Sama

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

Best International Independent Film:

Ash is Purest White

Marriage Story

Monos

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Director:

Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts – For Sama

Oliver Hermanus – Moffie

Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir

Mark Jenkin – Bait

Asif Kapadia – Diego Maradona

Best Screenplay:

Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir

Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Paul Laverty – Sorry We Missed You

Peter Strickland – In Fabric

Nicole Taylor – Wild Rose

Best Actress:

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Sally Hawkins – Eternal Beauty

Holliday Grainger – Animals

Vicky Knight – Dirty God

Best Actor:

Tom Burke – The Souvenir

Josh O’Connor – Only You

Sam Adewunmi – The Last Tree

Kris Hitchen – Sorry We Missed You

Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Supporting Actress:

Jessica Barden – Scarborough

Ruthxjiah Bellenea – The Last Tree

Elizabeth Debicki – Vita & Virginia

Tilda Swinton – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Julie Walters – Wild Rose

Best Supporting Actor:

Chiwetel Ejiofor – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Hugh Laurie – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Edlison Manuel Olbera Nunez – Yuli

Peter Mullan – The Vanishing

Bluey Robinson – Dirty God

Best Documentary:

Coup 53

Diego Maradona

For Sama

Seahorse

Tell Me Who I Am

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Emma Stone ravishing in red for British Independent Film Awards

Emma Stone coordinated her ravishing red dress with a pillar box pout as she led the glamour at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday night (02Dec18). The 30-year-old actress looked stunning in a plunging Louis Vuitton number as she …

Emma Stone coordinated her ravishing red dress with a pillar box pout as she led the glamour at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday night (02Dec18). 

The 30-year-old actress looked stunning in a plunging Louis Vuitton number as she posed for photographers at Old Billingsgate in the English capital.

Highlighting her alabaster complexion and auburn locks, Emma teamed the dress with bright red lipstick, and accessorised with shoes, jewellery and a clutch bag all by Louis Vuitton – the label for which she is a brand ambassador.

She wasn’t the only famous face to go all out for the star-studded occasion, however.

Pink was a popular colour choice for the evening, with Gemma Arterton, Jodie Whittaker, and Ellie Bamber all opting for ensembles in various shades of the feminine hue.

Gemma showed off a hint of cleavage in her high-neck Emilia Wickstead dress, which featured an open back and low-cut sides. She finished off the look with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and a Jimmy Choo bag.

Doctor Who star Jodie opted for a cold shoulder style gown in a deeper shade of pink, which she teamed with an unusual pair of tie-up heels, while Ellie, the girlfriend of Bodyguard heartthrob Richard Madden, went for a Salvatore Ferragamo gown with cut out detailing on the sides to show off her slender figure.

Olivia Colman wowed in a sleek but simple Victoria Beckham dress as her and Emma’s movie The Favourite led the winners at the awards, while Felicity Jones courted attention in her white double-breasted Ruhl suit.

Elsewhere, Martin Freeman and Steve Coogan brushed up well in smart suits for the awards, while Josh Hartnett and his long-time girlfriend Tamsin Egerton made a rare public appearance at the event.

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The Favourite breaks records at the British Independent Film Awards

Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ acclaimed new film The Favourite shattered records at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday night (02Dec18), picking up 10 honours. The comedy drama, starring Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, and Emma Stone, …

Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ acclaimed new film The Favourite shattered records at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday night (02Dec18), picking up 10 honours.

The comedy drama, starring Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, and Emma Stone, picked up Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, while Colman extended her record as a BIFA winner, landing the Best Actress award for her role as Queen Anne in the movie. The Brit has now won four trophies – one for every nomination.

She opened an emotional acceptance speech by swearing and then stating she was lost for words as she had not prepared remarks. After collecting herself and thanking her co-stars, director and her family, she placed a ‘Well Done’ sticker on her chest.

Olivia returned to the stage at London’s Old Billingsgate venue to collect her absent co-star Weisz’s Best Supporting Actress award.

The Favourite also picked up five craft awards last month (Nov18), bringing its total to 10.

There were also big BIFA wins for Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole, who scored the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of a boxer in A Prayer Before Dawn, while Alessandro Nivola was named Best Supporting Actor for his part in Disobedience, opposite Weisz and Rachel McAdams.

Meanwhile, Dame Judi Dench was presented with the 2018 Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film.

The full list of winners is:

The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film – Dame Judi Dench

The Special Jury Prize – Horace Ove

Best British Independent Film – The Favourite

Best Director – Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Best Screenplay – Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Best Actress – Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Best Supporting Actress – Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Actor – Joe Cole, A Prayer Before Dawn

Best Supporting Actor – Alessandro Nivola, Disobedience

Most Promising Newcomer – Jessie Buckley, Beast

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) – Richard Billingham, Ray & Liz

Debut Screenwriter – Bart Layton, American Animals

Breakthrough Producer – Jacqui Davies, Ray & Liz

The Discovery Award sponsored by Raindance – Voyageuse, May Miles Thomas

Best Documentary – Evelyn

Best British Short Film – The Big Day

Best International Independent Film – Roma

Best Casting – Dixie Chassay, The Favourite

Best Cinematography – Robbie Ryan, The Favourite

Best Costume Design – Sandy Powell, The Favourite

Best Editing – Nick Fenton, Julian Hart, & Chris Gill, American Animals

Best Effects – Howard Jones, Early Man

Best Make Up & Hair Design – Nadia Stacey, The Favourite

Best Music – Jonny Greenwood, You Were Never Really Here

Best Production Design – Fiona Crombie, The Favourite

Best Sound – Paul Davies, You Were Never Really Here

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Felicity Jones to receive BIFA Variety Award

Felicity Jones will be honoured with the Variety Award at the 2018 British Independent Film Awards.The English actress is gearing up for the release of biographical drama On the Basis of Sex, where she plays U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsbu…

Felicity Jones will be honoured with the Variety Award at the 2018 British Independent Film Awards.

The English actress is gearing up for the release of biographical drama On the Basis of Sex, where she plays U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and before it hits screens in late December (18), Felicity will receive the Variety Award at a ceremony in London on 2 December.

“It’s an incredible honour to receive this Award and, in doing so, to join such an illustrious and inspiring group of filmmakers and actors,” the 35-year-old said in a statement. “To support the British film industry on the global stage is a huge privilege and something I feel very proud and lucky to be a part of.”

Since her star-making role in 2014’s The Theory of Everything, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, Felicity has landed parts in blockbusters like Inferno and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Praising the 2018 recipient of the Variety Award, Steven Gaydos, Variety’s vice president and executive editor, stated: “When actress Felicity Jones first appeared on your radar, you probably knew she was destined for greatness but you probably didn’t know she would impact so forcefully on all sizes of screens in all kinds of projects.

“She has infused the Star Wars juggernaut with feminine soul as well as womanly grit and she brought gravity and tenderness to the Oscar-winning Theory of Everything. Now she plays a brave woman whose life and achievements loom larger every day.”

Previous winners include Benedict Cumberbatch, Kate Winslet and Gary Oldman.

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The Favourite leads British Independent Film Awards nominations

The Favourite looks set for glory at the 2018 British Independent Film Awards after scoring 13 nominations. The period comedy by Yorgos Lanthimos, which stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as cousins vying for the affections of Olivia Colman’s Queen Ann…

The Favourite looks set for glory at the 2018 British Independent Film Awards after scoring 13 nominations.

The period comedy by Yorgos Lanthimos, which stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as cousins vying for the affections of Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne, has emerged as the front runner for the 2018 BIFAs.

It has been nominated for categories including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Colman scored a nod for Best Actress, while Stone and Weisz will compete for Best Supporting Actress.

The Favourite is closely followed by heist film American Animals with 11 nominations, Beast, with 10, and You Were Never Really Here, with eight. They are all nominated for Best British Independent Film, alongside Disobedience.

Weisz has achieved a second nomination – for Best Actress for Disobedience. She will compete against her The Favourite co-star Colman, as well as Gemma Arterton for The Escape, Jessie Buckley for Beast and Maxine Peake for Funny Cow.

Her Disobedience co-star Rachel McAdams is up for Best Supporting Actress, alongside Weisz and Stone for The Favourite, Molly Wright for Apostasy and Nina Arianda for Stan & Ollie.

Nominees for Best Actor include Steve Coogan for Stan & Ollie, Rupert Everett for The Happy Prince, Joe Cole for A Prayer Before Dawn, Joaquin Phoenix for You Were Never Really Here and Charlie Plummer for Lean on Pete. Plummer’s co-star Steve Buscemi is nominated in the supporting category, alongside Dominic West for Colette, Barry Keoghan, and Evan Peters for American Animals, and Alessandro Nivola for Disobedience.

Lanthimos will compete with American Animals’ Bart Layton, You Were Never Really Here’s Lynne Ramsay, Lean on Pete’s Andrew Haigh, and Beast’s Michael Pearce for the Best Director prize.

The 2018 British Independent Film Awards ceremony takes place on 2 December (18) at London’s Old Billingsgate.

The main list of nominees is as follows:

Best British Independent Film:

The Favourite

American Animals

Beast

You Were Never Really Here

Disobedience

Best International Independent Film:

Capernaum

Cold War

Roma

Shoplifters

The Rider

Best Actor:

Steve Coogan – Stan & Ollie

Rupert Everett – The Happy Prince

Joe Cole – A Prayer Before Dawn

Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here

Charlie Plummer – Lean on Pete

Best Actress:

Rachel Weisz – Disobedience

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Gemma Arterton – The Escape

Jessie Buckley – Beast

Maxine Peake – Funny Cow

Best Supporting Actor:

Steve Buscemi – Lean on Pete

Dominic West – Colette

Barry Keoghan – American Animals

Evan Peters – American Animals

Alessandro Nivola – Disobedience

Best Supporting Actress:

Rachel McAdams – Disobedience

Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Emma Stone – The Favourite

Molly Wright – Apostasy

Nina Arianda – Stan & Ollie

Best Director:

Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite

Bart Layton – American Animals

Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here

Andrew Haigh – Lean on Pete

Michael Pearce – Beast

Best Screenplay:

Bart Layton – American Animals

Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here

Michael Pearce – Beast

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – The Favourite

Sebastian Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz – Disobedience

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