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Philomena heads up British Independent Film Award nominees

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THE HIT film about an Irish woman’s search for her son has been nominated for four gongs at the British Independent Film Awards.

Second generation Irish actors Steve Coogan and Dame Judi Dench have been nominated in the best actor and best actress categories for their roles in Philomena.

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Coogan has also been nominated along with co-writer Jeff Pope for  Best Screenplay, while Philomena itself has been included in the five-strong shortlist for Best British Independent Film.

The movie, which was named Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Lion, has received rave reviews since its release in British cinemas earlier this month.

Philomena has also fared well at the box office, grossing £1.5m in its opening weekend.

The winners of the British Independent Film Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony, hosted by Irish actor James Nesbitt, in London on December 8.

Dame Judi is joined among the nominees for Best Actress by rising Irish star Saoirse Ronan, who has been singled out for her role in coming-of-age drama How I Live Now.

The other nominees for the award include Lindsay Duncan, Scarlett Johansson and Felicity Jones.

Meanwhile, second generation Irishman Jack O’Connell will compete with Coogan in the Best Actor category. The Skins star plays the lead role in Starred Up, which received the highest number of nominations for the awards with eight.

Siobhan Finneran, who also has Irish roots, has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in The Selfish Giant.

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The Nominees:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

Metro Manila

Philomena

The Selfish Giant

Starred Up

Le Week-end

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Jon S Baird – Filth

Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant

Sean Ellis – Metro Manila

Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin

David Mackenzie – Starred Up

 

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Charlie Cattrall – Titus

Tina Gharavi – I Am Nasrine

Jeremy Lovering – In Fear

Omid Nooshin – Last Passenger

Paul Wright – For Those in Peril

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Jonathan Asser – Starred Up

Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant

Steven Knight – Locke

Hanif Kureishi – Le Week-end

Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan – Philomena

 

BEST ACTRESS

Judi Dench – Philomena

Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end

Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin

Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman

Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now

 

BEST ACTOR

Jim Broadbent – Le Week-end

Steve Coogan – Philomena

Tom Hardy – Locke

Jack O’Connell – Starred Up

James McAvoy – Filth

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Siobhan Finneran – The Selfish Giant

Shirley Henderson – Filth

Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love

Kristin Scott Thomas – The Invisible Woman

Mia Wasikowska – The Double

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

John Arcilla – Metro Manila

Rupert Friend – Starred Up

Jeff Goldblum – Le Week-end

Eddie Marsan – Filth

Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up

 

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Harley Bird – How I Live Now

Conner Chapman / Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant

Caity Lotz – The Machine

Jake Macapagal – Metro Manila

Chloe Pirrie – Shell

 

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

A Field in England

Filth

Metro Manila

The Selfish Giant

Starred Up

 

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

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Shaheen Baig – Casting – Starred Up

Johnnie Burn – Sound Design – Under the Skin

Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant

Mica Levi – Music – Under the Skin

Justine Wright – Editing – Locke

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

The Great Hip Hop Hoax

The Moo Man

The Spirit of ’45

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

 

BEST BRITISH SHORT

L’Assenza

Dr Easy

Dylan’s Room

Jonah

Z1

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Blue Jasmine

Frances Ha

The Great Beauty

Wadjda

 

THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Everyone’s Going to Die

The Machine

The Patrol

Sleeping Dogs

Titus

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