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“Ex Machina” beats “45 Years” and “Macbeth” at 2015 BIFAs

Alex Garland’s directorial debut wins four awards at Moët British Independent Film Awards

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Ex Machina, the feature directorial debut by Alex Garland, won the main prize at this year’s Moët British Independent Film Awards. The film beat out competition from Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth to win Best British Independent Film.

Click here to listen to FRED’s interview with director Andrew Haigh on his film 45 YEARS – FRED English channel

Alex Garland’s science fiction feature also took home the Best Director award, Best Screenplay and the prize for Oustanding Achievement in Craft, for Andrew Whitehurst’s visual effects work.

Saorise Ronan bagged another award, winning Best Actress for her role in Brooklyn directed by John Crowley. Tom Hardy took the Best Actor award for his portrayal of both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the film Legend directed by Brian Helgeland. Domhnall Gleeson accepted the award on his behalf, as Hardy could not make the ceremony.

Domhnall Gleeson also accepted the award on behalf of his father, who beat him in winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in Brooklyn. Best Supporting Actress went to Olivia Coleman for The Lobster.

Listen to FRED’s interview with actors John C. Reilly and Ben Whishaw on THE LOBSTER – FRED English channel

Best International Independent Film went to Lenny Abrahamson’s Room. It came out as the victor in a strong category, which included Oscar favourite Carol by Todd Haynes and Son of Saul by Laszlo Nemes, who is a strong contender for the Academy Award’s Best Foreign Language Film category.

One of the biggest surprises of the night also came in the documentary category, where Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance by Louise Osmond, beat Asif Kapadia’s documentary on Amy Winehouse, Amy.

Here is the full list of winners of the the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
“Ex Machina” by Alex Garland

BEST DIRECTOR
Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”

BEST ACTOR
Tom Hardy, “Legend”

BEST ACTRESS
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Olivia Colman, “The Lobster”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brendan Gleeson, “Brooklyn”

BEST SCREENPLAY
Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”

BEST FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FILM
“Room” by Lenny Abrahamson (Ireland, Canada)

BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR (Douglas Hickox Award)
Chris and Ben Blaine, “Nina Forever”

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CRAFT
Andrew Whitehurst (visual effects), “Ex Machina”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“Dark Horse: The Incredibly True Story of Dream Alliance” by Louise Osmond

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Abigail Hardingham, “Nina Forever”

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Paul Katis and Andrew De Lotbiniere, “Kajaki: The True Story”

RAINDANCE DISCOVERY AWARD
“Orion: The Man Who Would Be King” by Jeanie Finlay

BEST SHORT FILM
“Edmond” by Nina Gantz

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
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