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How Brit Awards Impact Oscars

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 31, 2011 at 5:18AM

The British contingent of Academy voters is sizable, stateside and abroad, and can have an impact on the Academy Awards. But so can British critics and voters for the British Academy Awards, or BAFTAs. Check out the list of nominees (here and below) for the 14th British Independent Film Awards, a small group that has a large impact. Why?
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The British contingent of Academy voters is sizable, stateside and abroad, and can have an impact on the Academy Awards. But so can British critics and voters for the British Academy Awards, or BAFTAs. Check out the list of nominees (here and below) for the 14th British Independent Film Awards, a small group that has a large impact. Why?

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It's like the Gothams or Indie Spirits (IW parses that race). Smaller movies that might otherwise be buried at the bottom of voters' screener piles slowly gain more and more prominence by being repeatedly mentioned. Glenn Close gets a Tokyo best actress award. Check. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Shame and Tyrannosaur (which I still need to see) lead the field with seven BIFA nominations each. Check. We Need to Talk About Kevin gets six noms, including best actress for Tilda Swinton. Check. Mia Wasikowska gets a nod for best actress for Jane Eyre. Check. Documentary Senna lands on the best British Independent Film list. And so on.

I am not alone in not having seen some of these films. Any mention, any win, anything that adds sheen to the patina of an awards contender is a good thing. It might make the difference in persuading critics who vote in the truly influential critics group awards see something they might have missed. It's about watching the film. At this point, as much noise as we Oscarologists are making, most of the Academy voters are at the start of the process of seeing all these films.

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
SENNA
SHAME
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
TYRANNOSAUR
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Wheatley – KILL LIST
Steve McQueen – SHAME
Tomas Alfredson – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
Paddy Considine – TYRANNOSAUR
Lynne Ramsay – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
Joe Cornish – ATTACK THE BLOCK
Ralph Fiennes – CORIOLANUS
John Michael McDonagh – THE GUARD
Richard Ayoade – SUBMARINE
Paddy Considine – TYRANNOSAUR

BEST SCREENPLAY
John Michael McDonagh – THE GUARD
Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump – KILL LIST
Abi Morgan, Steve McQueen – SHAME
Richard Ayoade – SUBMARINE
Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

BEST ACTRESS
Rebecca Hall – THE AWAKENING
Mia Wasikowska – JANE EYRE
MyAnna Buring – KILL LIST
Olivia Colman – TYRANNOSAUR
Tilda Swinton – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

BEST ACTOR
Brendan Gleeson – THE GUARD
Neil Maskell – KILL LIST
Michael Fassbender – SHAME
Gary Oldman – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
Peter Mullan – TYRANNOSAUR

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Felicity Jones – ALBATROSS
Vanessa Redgrave – CORIOLANUS
Carey Mulligan – SHAME
Sally Hawkins – SUBMARINE
Kathy Burke – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michael Smiley – KILL LIST
Tom Hardy – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
Benedict Cumberbatch – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
Eddie Marsan – TYRANNOSAUR
Ezra Miller – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Jessica Brown Findlay – ALBATROSS
John Boyega – ATTACK THE BLOCK
Craig Roberts – SUBMARINE
Yasmin Paige – SUBMARINE
Tom Cullen – WEEKEND

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
KILL LIST
TYRANNOSAUR
WEEKEND
WILD BILL
YOU INSTEAD

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Chris King, Gregers Sall – Editing – SENNA
Sean Bobbitt – Cinematography – SHAME
Joe Walker – Editing – SHAME
Maria Djurkovic – Production Design – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
Seamus McGarvey – Cinematography – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

BEST DOCUMENTARY
HELL AND BACK AGAIN
LIFE IN A DAY
PROJECT NIM
SENNA
TT3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE

BEST BRITISH SHORT
0507
CHALK
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
RITE
ROUGH SKIN

BEST FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FILM
ANIMAL KINGDOM
DRIVE
PINA
A SEPARATION
THE SKIN I LIVE IN

THE RAINDANCE AWARD
ACTS OF GODFREY
BLACK POND
HOLLOW
LEAVING BAGHDAD
A THOUSAND KISSES DEEP

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Oscars, Indie Spirits, Critics Groups, BAFTA

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