Paddy Considine was the big winner at tonight’s British Independent Film Awards, walking away with the top accolade for Best British Independent Film, together with Best Debut Director, for his harrowing drama, Tyrannosaur. The film’s star, Olivia Colman, also picked up the award for Best Actress.
The other big awards of the night were spread across a number of nominees, demonstrating the depth and variety of talent in the British film industry. Lynne Ramsay took Best Director for We Need To Talk About Kevin, and Michael Fassbender was voted Best Actor for his performance in Steve McQueen’s Shame. Best Supporting Actress went to Vanessa Redgrave for her role in Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, which reaches British cinemas next month, while Michael Smiley won Best Supporting Actor for Kill List.
The much-praised Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which had received seven nominations, didn’t leave empty handed, with Maria Djurkovic winning the Technical Award for her work on the film’s production design.
Interestingly, Tyrannosaur and Shame will both go head to head again next year at the American equivalent of the BIFAs, the Independent Spirit Awards, which takes place on 25th February (the day before the Oscars). They’re both nominated for the Best International Film award and are up against Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and A Separation, the critically acclaimed Iranian film.