'Metro Manila'
'Metro Manila'

Across the pond, The British Independent Film Awards were announced in a ceremony on Sunday, December 8. While Oscar hopeful "Philomena" went home empty-handed, voters love Sean Ellis' Sundance prize-winning "Metro Manila," acquired by Paladin and 108 Media earlier this year for North American distribution in 2014. The film won three top honors including Best Independent Film.

The only Academy contenders to nab prizes were "Blue Is the Warmest Color" and "Captain Phillips" director Paul Greengrass.

Best Independent Film:

"Metro Manila"

Best Director:

Sean Ellis ("Metro Manila")

Best Actress: 

Lindsay Duncan ("Le Week-End")

Best Debut Director:

Paul Wright ("For Those in Peril")

Best Screenplay:

Steven Knight ("Locke")

Best Actor:

James McAvoy ("Filth")

Variety Award:

Paul Greengrass

Best Documentary: 

"Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" (Dirs. Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin)

Best Achievement in Production:

"Metro Manila"

Best Technical Achievement:

"The Selfish Giant"

Best Supporting Actress:

Imogen Poots ("The Look of Love")

Special Jury Prize:

Ken Loach

Best Supporting Actor:

Ben Mendelsohn ("Starred Up")

Best Short Film:

"Z1" (Dir. Gabriel Gauchet)

Best International Independent Film:

"Blue Is the Warmest Color" (Dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)

Raindance Award:

"The Machine" (Dir. Caradog W. James)

Most Promising Newcomer:

Chloe Pirrie ("Shell")

Richard Harris Award:

Julie Walters