Winning big at the 20th British Independent Film Awards was “The Favourite,” with 10 wins (out of 14 nominations), bringing in Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Leading Actress in Olivia Colman, Best Supporting Actress in Rachel Weisz, Best Casting, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Production Design. One has to believe that winning this haul over seas has to put some attention on the film and should translate into some Oscar nominations. The acting nominations for the ladies along with some of the technical awards like Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, and Production Design almost have to be locks considering how intricate the film is with its period.

“You Were Never Really Here” took the Best Music and Best Sound wins while “Ray & Liz” took home the Best Debut Director and Best Breakthrough Producer. “American Animals,” which was up for 11 awards, won two, Best Debut Screenplay and Best Editing. Jay Cole from “A Prayer Before Dawn” won Best Leading Actor while Alessandro Nivola from “Disobedience” won Best Supporting Actor. “Roma” was crowned Best International Film, which goes to the non-British films. Shut out from wins were “Colette” and “Lean On Pete,” which was up for four awards, “Apostasy,” which was up for six awards, and “Stan & Ollie,” which was up for seven.


Best British Independent Film

“The Favourite”


  • “American Animals”
  • “Beast”
  • “Disobedience”
  • “You Were Never Really Here”

Best Director

Yorgos Lanthimos – “The Favourite”


  • Andrew Haigh – “Lean on Pete”
  • Bart Layton – “American Animals”
  • Michael Pearce – “Beast”
  • Lynne Ramsay – “You Were Never Really Here”

Best Screenplay

Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – “The Favourite”


  • Sebastian Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz – “Disobedience”
  • Bart Layton – “American Animals”
  • Michael Pearce – “Beast”
  • Lynne Ramsay – “You Were Never Really Here”

Best Actress

Olivia Colman – “The Favourite”


  • Gemma Arterton – “The Escape”
  • Jessie Buckley – “Beast”
  • Maxine Peake – “Funny Cow”
  • Rachel Weisz – “Disobedience”

Best Actor

Joe Cole – “A Prayer Before Dawn”


  • Steve Coogan – “Stan & Ollie”
  • Rupert Everett – “The Happy Prince”
  • Joaquin Phoenix – “You Were Never Really Here”
  • Charlie Plummer – “Lean on Pete”

Best Supporting Actress

Rachel Weisz – “The Favourite”


  • Nina Arianda – “Stan & Ollie”
  • Rachel McAdams – “Disobedience”
  • Emma Stone – “The Favourite”
  • Molly Wright – “Apostasy”

Best Supporting Actor

Alessandro Nivola – “Disobedience”


  • Steve Buscemi – “Lean on Pete”
  • Barry Keoghan – “American Animals”
  • Evan Peters – “American Animals”
  • Dominic West – “Colette”

Most Promising Newcomer

Jessie Buckley – “Beast”


  • Michaela Coel – “Been So Long”
  • Liv Hill – “Jellyfish”
  • Marcus Rutherford – “Obey”
  • Molly Wright – “Apostasy”

The Douglas Hickox Award
(Best Debut Director)

Richard Billingham – “Ray & Liz”


  • Daniel Kokotajlo – “Apostasy”
  • Matt Palmer – “Calibre”
  • Michael Pearce – “Beast”
  • Leanne Welhem – “Pili”

Debut Screenwriter

Bart Layton – “American Animals”


  • Karen Gillan – “The Party’s Just Beginning”
  • Daniel Kokotajlo – “Apostasy”
  • Matt Palmer – “Calibre”
  • Michael Pearce – “Beast”

Breakthrough Producer

Jacqui Davis – “Ray & Liz”


  • Kristian Brodie – “Beast”
  • Anna Griffin – “Calibre”
  • Marcie Macellan – “Apostasy”
  • Faye Warn – “Stan & Ollie”

The Discovery Award

“Voyageuse”


  • “The Dig”
  • “Irene’s Ghost”
  • “A Moment In The Reeds”
  • “Super November”

Best Documentary

“Evelyn”


  • “Being Frank: The Chris Sievy Story”
  • “Island”
  • “Nae Pasaran”
  • “Under The Wire”

Best British Short Film

“The Big Day”


  • “Bitter Sea”
  • “The Field”
  • “Pommel”
  • “To Know Him”

Best International Independent Film

“Roma”


  • “Capernaum”
  • “Cold War”
  • “The Rider”
  • “Shoplifters”

Best Casting

Dixie Chassay – “The Favourite”


  • Avy Kaufman – “American Animals”
  • Michelle Smith – “Apostasy”
  • Julie Harkin – “Beast”
  • Andy Pryor – “Stan & Ollie”

Best Cinematography

Robbie Ryan – “The Favourite”


  • Ole Bratt Birkeland – “American Animals”
  • Magnus Nordenhof Jønck – “Lean On Pete”
  • David Ungaro – “A Prayer Before Dawn”
  • Tom Townend – “You Were Never Really Here”

Best Costume Design

“The Favourite” – Sandy Powell


  • “Colette” – Andrea Flesch
  • “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn” – Alyssa Tull
  • “Peterloo” – Jacqueline Durran
  • “Stan & Ollie” – Guy Speranza

Best Editing

“American Animals” – Nick Fenton / Julian Hart / Chris Gill


  • “The Favourite” – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • “Happy New Year, Colin Burstead” – Ben Wheatley
  • “A Prayer Before Dawn” – Marc Boucrot
  • “You Were Never Really Here” – Joe Bini

Best Make-Up & Hair Design

“The Favourite” – Nadia Stacey


  • “Colette” – Ivana Primorac
  • “Peterloo” – Christine Blundell
  • “A Prayer Before Dawn” – Stacey Louise Holman
  • “Stan & Ollie” – Mark Coulier / Jeremy Woodhead

Best Music

“You Were Never Really Here” – Jonny Greenwood


  • “American Animals” – Anne Nikitin
  • “Beast” – Jim Williams
  • “Funny Cow” – Richard Hawley
  • “Island Of The Hungry Ghosts” – Aaron Cupples

Best Production Design

“The Favourite” – Fiona Crombie


  • “Colette” – Michael Carlin
  • “Peterloo” – Suzie Davies
  • “Ray & Liz” – Beck Rainford
  • “Stan & Ollie” – John Paul Kelly

Best Sound

“You Were Never Really Here” – Paul Davies


  • “American Animals” – Andrew Stirk
  • “The Favourite” – Johnnie Burn
  • “A Prayer Before Dawn” – Séverin Favriau
  • “Time Trial” – CJ Mirra

Best Effects

“Early Man” – Howard Jones


  • “Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back)” – Matthew Strange / Mark Wellband
  • “Peterloo” – George Zwier / Paul Driver

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