Awards: British Independent Film Awards 2013

Metro Manila won Best Film and Best Director

Metro Manila won Best Independent Film and Best Director

The BIFAs proved their independence tonight as they presented their awards for 2013.

Firstly, they resisted the mighty presence of a certain Mr Weinstein in the audience by not giving anything to his Philomena, despite its four nominations and being widely expected to take the Best Screenplay trophy at the very least.

And, secondly, no one film swept the board.  Starred Up had started the evening with the most nominations – eight – but came away with just one – Ben Mendelsohn as Best Supporting Actor.  If there was one big winner of the night, it was Metro Manila, which won Best Independent Film and Best Director for Sean Ellis.

Top acting honours went to James McAvoy for Filth and Lindsay Duncan for Le Week-End, again beating the much-fancied Philomena.  Best Supporting Actress went to Imogen Poots for The Look Of Love.

Other winners on the night included Amy Hubbard in the Technical Achievement category for casting on The Selfish Giant, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer as Best British Documentary and Steven Knight for penning the Locke screenplay.

The most high-profile loser was, without doubt, Philomena, although both Under The Skin and The Invisible Woman also went away empty handed.

The full list of winners will be available on the BIFA website, www.bifa.org.uk.

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