God’s Own Country, Lady Macbeth and The Death of Stalin Big Winners At 2017 BIFA Awards

God’s Own Country, Lady Macbeth and The Death of Stalin Big Winners At 2017 BIFA Awards

God’s Own Country, Lady Macbeth and The Death of Stalin were the big winners of the 2017 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) held at Old Billingsgate.

God’s Own Country won four BIFAs: Best British Independent Film. Josh O’Connor took home Best Actor and Francis Lee was named Best Debut Screenwriter, plus the previously announced Best Sound award.

Lady Macbeth added to its brace of awards announced earlier this month (Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design and Best Costume Design) with trophies for Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films for Alice Birch, Best Actress sponsored by MAC for Florence Pugh and Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London EDITION for Naomie Ackie.

Simon Russell Beale was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Death of Stalin, which had previously been awarded Best Production Design, Best Makeup & Hair Design and Best Casting.

I Am Not a Witch won three awards on the night, Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media for Emily Morgan and both The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) and Best Director for Rungano Nyoni. This is only the second time a director has won both awards (the last was in 2007; Anton Corbijn for Control).

Patricia Clarkson won the Best Supporting Actress award for The Party.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won two BIFAs – for Best Editing and Best Music sponsored by Universal Music Publishing Group.

Almost Heaven, directed by Carol Salter, was named Best Documentary. The Discovery Award, sponsored by Raindance, went to In Another Life, the fictional story of a refugee set and shot in the jungle in Calais.

The Best British Short Film award, supported by BFI NETWORK, was presented to Fish Story.

The only category of the night open to non-UK films, Best International Independent Film sponsored by Champagne Taittinger, was won by Get Out and the award was collected by the film’s stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams.

The Special Jury Prize was presented to Femi Oguns MBE, founder of Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group. The jury praised his trailblazing work in tackling the lack of diversity on screens and absence of opportunity for BAME talent.

As previously announced Gary Oldman was presented The Variety Award by Kristin Scott Thomas in recognition of the global impact he has made throughout his career as an icon of British film and filmmaking. The Richard Harris Award was presented to Vanessa Redgrave by Richard Harris’ son Jared Harris and Vanessa’s daughter Joely Richardson. The award recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2017 Winners

Winners in RED.

Best British Independent Film
THE DEATH OF STALIN Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Yann Zenou, Kevin Loader, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun
GOD’S OWN COUNTRY Francis Lee, Jack Tarling, Manon Ardisson
I AM NOT A WITCH Rungano Nyoni, Juliette Grandmont, Emily Morgan
LADY MACBETH William Oldroyd, Alice Birch, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin

Best International Independent Film sponsored by Champagne Taittinger
THE FLORIDA PROJECT Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou
GET OUT Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Edward H Hamm Jr, Sean McKittrick
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Raoul Peck, James Baldwin, Hébert Peck, Rémi Grellety
LOVELESS Andrey Zvyaginstev, Oleg Negin, Gleb Fetisov, Sergey Melkumov, Alexander Rodnyansky
THE SQUARE Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff

Best Director
ARMANDO IANNUCCI The Death of Stalin
FRANCIS LEE God’s Own Country
MARTIN McDONAGH Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
RUNGANO NYONI I Am Not a Witch
WILLIAM OLDROYD Lady Macbeth

Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films
ALICE BIRCH Lady Macbeth
ARMANDO IANNUCCI, DAVID SCHNEIDER, IAN MARTIN The Death of Stalin
FRANCIS LEE God’s Own Country
MARTIN McDONAGH Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
RUNGANO NYONI I Am Not a Witch

Best Actress sponsored by MAC Cosmetics
EMILY BEECHAM Daphne
FRANCES McDORMAND Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
MARGARET MULUBWA I Am Not a Witch
FLORENCE PUGH Lady Macbeth
RUTH WILSON Dark River

Best Actor
JAMIE BELL Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
PADDY CONSIDINE Journeyman
JOHNNY HARRIS Jawbone
JOSH O’CONNOR God’s Own Country
ALEC SECAREANU God’s Own Country

Best Supporting Actress
NAOMI ACKIE Lady Macbeth
PATRICIA CLARKSON The Party
KELLY MACDONALD Goodbye Christopher Robin
ANDREA RISEBOROUGH The Death of Stalin
JULIE WALTERS Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Best Supporting Actor
SIMON RUSSELL BEALE The Death of Stalin
STEVE BUSCEMI The Death of Stalin
WOODY HARRELSON Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
IAN HART God’s Own Country
SAM ROCKWELL Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London EDITION
NAOMI ACKIE Lady Macbeth
HARRY GILBY Just Charlie
COSMO JARVIS Lady Macbeth
HARRY MICHELL Chubby Funny
LILY NEWMARK Pin Cushion

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
DEBORAH HAYWOOD Pin Cushion
FRANCIS LEE God’s Own Country
THOMAS NAPPER Jawbone
RUNGANO NYONI I Am Not a Witch
WILLIAM OLDROYD Lady Macbeth

Debut Screenwriter
ALICE BIRCH Lady Macbeth
GABY CHIAPPE Their Finest
JOHNNY HARRIS Jawbone
FRANCIS LEE God’s Own Country
RUNGANO NYONI I Am Not a Witch

Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media
GAVIN HUMPHRIES Pin Cushion
EMILY MORGAN I Am Not a Witch
BRENDAN MULLIN, KATY JACKSON Bad Day for the Cut
FODHLA CRONIN O’REILLY Lady Macbeth
JACK TARLING, MANON ARDISSON God’s Own Country

The Discovery Award sponsored by Raindance
EVEN WHEN I FALL Sky Neal, Kate McLarnon, Elhum Shakerifar
HALFWAY Ben Caird, Jonny Paterson
IN ANOTHER LIFE Jason Wingard, Hannah Stevenson, Rebecca Clare Evans, Chris Bouckley
ISOLANI R Paul Wilson, Lisa Hague
MY PURE LAND Sarmad Masud, Bill Kenwright

Best Documentary
ALMOST HEAVEN Carol Salter
HALFWAY Daisy-May Hudson
KINGDOM OF US Lucy Cohen, Julia Nottingham, Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski, Bill Rudgard
UNCLE HOWARD Aaron Brookner, Paula Vaccaro
WILLIAMS Morgan Matthews, Hayley Reynolds, Sarah Hamilton

Best British Short Film supported by BFI NETWORK
1745 Gordon Napier, Morayo Akandé, John McKay
FISH STORY Charlie Lyne, Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing
THE ENTERTAINER Jonathan Schey, Jodie Brown, Jun Bung Lee
WORK Aneil Karia, Scott O’Donnell
WREN BOYS Harry Lighton, John Fitzpatrick, Sorcha Bacon

Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design
BEN DAVIS Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
DAVID GALLEGO I Am Not a Witch
TAT RADCLIFFE Jawbone
THOMAS RIEDELSHEIMER Leaning Into the Wind
ARI WEGNER Lady Macbeth

Best Casting
SHAHEEN BAIG Lady Macbeth
SHAHEEN BAIG, LAYLA MERRICK-WOLF God’s Own Country
SARAH CROWE The Death of Stalin
SARAH HALLEY FINN Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
DEBBIE McWILLIAMS Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Best Costume Design
DINAH COLLIN My Cousin Rachel
SUZIE HARMAN The Death of Stalin
SANDY POWELL How to Talk to Girls at Parties
HOLLY REBECCA I Am Not a Witch
HOLLY WADDINGTON Lady Macbeth

Best Editing
JOHNNY BURKE Williams
DAVID CHARAP Jawbone
JON GREGORY Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
PETER LAMBERT The Death of Stalin
JOE MARTIN Us and Them

Best Effects
NICK ALLDER, BEN WHITE The Ritual
LUKE DODD Journeyman
RONALD GRAUER, BERNARD NEWTON The Death of Stalin
DAN MARTIN Double Date
CHRIS REYNOLDS Their Finest

Best Makeup & Hair Design
JULENE PATON I Am Not a Witch
JAN SEWELL, MARK COULIER Breathe
NADIA STACEY Journeyman
NICOLE STAFFORD The Death of Stalin
SIAN WILSON Lady Macbeth

Best Music
CARTER BURWELL Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
FRED FRITH Leaning into the Wind
MATT KELLY I Am Not a Witch
PAUL WELLER Jawbone
CHRISTOPHER WILLIS The Death of Stalin

Best Production Design
JACQUELINE ABRAHAMS Lady Macbeth
CRISTINA CASALI The Death of Stalin
JAMES MERIFIELD Final Portrait
NATHAN PARKER I Am Not a Witch
EVE STEWART Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Best Sound
ANNA BERTMARK God’s Own Country
MAIKEN HANSEN I Am Not a Witch
ANDY SHELLEY, STEVE GRIFFITHS Jawbone
JOAKIM SUNDSTRÖM Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
IAN WILSON, BECKI PONTING Breathe

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