Peter Strickland’s disturbing Berberian Sound Studio was the runaway winner at tonight’s British Independent Film Awards, scooping a total of four awards.
As well as the Best Director Award going to Strickland himself, the spooky offering walked away with Best Achievement in Production, Best Technical Achievement and Best Actor for Toby Jones – overdue recognition for one of our most versatile actors.
But it missed out on the top award of the night, Best Film, which went to Rufus Norris’ Broken. The Best Supporting Actor award also went to Rory Kinnear for his performance in the film, beating veterans like Billy Connolly and Terence Stamp.
The other performance awards went to two class acts. Andrea Riseborough took Best Actress for her excellent turn in thriller Shadow Dancer, which was sadly missing from the Best Film category. And, for her gloriously brittle Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park On Hudson, Olivia Colman received Best Supporting Actress. Although, as critic Jason Solomons suggested via Twitter, National Treasure In Waiting Award would have been even more appropriate!
Bart Layton’s The Imposter was the only other film to win more than one award. As well as the Debut Director award going to Layton, it also took Best Documentary.
Of the other highly-nominated films, the recently-released and acclaimed Sightseers only took away one gong, for Best Screenplay, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, regardless of its five nods, went home empty handed.
Broken has yet to be seen in this country, while Hyde Park On Hudson doesn’t open until 1 February next year. And, if tonight’s awards are anything to go by, 2013 should be a good year at the movies.
For the full list of winners, go to www.bifa.org.uk.