Yesterday the 2009 British Independent Award winners where annouced and it was no surprise that the winner of the best UK indie movie was Science Fiction thriller MOON and its director Duncan Jones has won the best(debut) director.
Summer 2009 was meant to be the summer of big explosive, high octaine blockbusters but a debut movie for the man also better known for been called Zowie Bowie or music legend’s David Bowie’s sons little movie stole the show from the big guns.
What made this movie so intriguing was the fact the movie went back to basics creating an old school sci-flick, to many undynamic but to everyone else refreshing. Moon didnt have all its way with Tom Hardy pipping Sam Rockwell to best actor award for his role in Biopic BRONSON, Peter Capaldi and Andy Serkis where also in contention.
Best Actress award went to Carey Mulligan for her role in the 1960’s coming of age movie AN EDUCATION with Emily Blunt, Sophie Okonedo and Katie Jarvis also in the running for the actress award. Anne-Marie Duff won best supporting actress for her part in the John Lennon teen years biopic Nowhere Boy (out December 26th).
The best foreign movie award went to the excellent Swedish vampire flick LET THE RIGHT ONE IN beating Hurt Locker to award, sadly some Hollywood fatcat has got his mucky paws onto this cult movie and expect a watered down possibly shit Hollywood remake. FISHTANK with Andrea Arnold and Katie Jarvis won best director and most promising newcomer awards.
Its not all about the new movies winning awards and last night there was 2 special awards for Sir Michael Caine who took the Variety award and Daniel Day-Lewis took the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to film.
This was the 12th year the BIFA awards have been running which was presented by James Nesbitt and like many awards ceremonies there usually crap and full of in house political coperate rigging but British Film Awards are very different. In my short period I like to call my “re-education” back into movies I have learned a great deal from Movies and BIFA is one of the good ones due to there trust, honesty, support british independent film scene and rewarding those who are deserving rather than those who fill up the fat cats wallets, so a big thumbs up guys!!!
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
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Andrea Arnold – Fish Tank
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
Duncan Jones – Moon
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In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
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Carey Mulligan – An Education
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Tom Hardy – Bronson
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne-Marie Duff – Nowhere Boy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
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John Henshaw – Looking for Eric
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Sponsored by Optimum Releasing
Katie Jarvis – Fish Tank
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
Bunny and the Bull
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BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
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Bright Star – Cinematography – Greig Fraser
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Mugabe and the White African
BEST BRITISH SHORT
Love You More
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Let the Right One In
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for Outstanding Contribution to British Film)
THE VARIETY AWARD
Sir Michael Caine
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Sponsored by UK Film Council
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