London, Sunday 4th December – There was a spectacular turn out this evening from the very best in British talent for the 14th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate which was hosted by actor and comedian Chris O’Dowd and streamed live for the first time ever on LOVEFiLM.
Best British Independent Film was won by Tyrannosaur with Lynne Ramsay picking up Best Director for We Need to Talk About Kevin, Olivia Colman Best Actress for Tyrannosaur and Michael Fassbender Best Actor for Shame. Vanessa Redgrave won Best Supporting Actress for Coriolanus and Michael Smiley Best Supporting Actor for Kill List
Tyrannosaur won the most awards on the night, picking up three trophies for Best British Independent Film, Best Actress and Paddy Considine was awarded The Douglas HickoxAward for Best Debut Director. Weekend won two awards for Best Achievement in Production and Most Promising Newcomer for Tom Cullen
Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “What a fantastic year for British film! This year’s nominees embodied a diverse range of genres and those walking away with awards tonight are representative of the high quality of outstanding talent we have in this country. Congratulations to them all."
As previously announced, Ralph Fiennes was awarded the coveted Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, and Kenneth Branagh the Variety Award. The Special Jury Prize went to Graham Easton.
Elsa Corbineau, Marketing Director for Moët & Chandon, commented: “As the Champagne of film, cinema and celebration, Moët & Chandon is delighted to toast the achievements of the British Film Industry at The Moët British Independent Film Awards. We are thrilled that so many winners and nominees from this years awards have supported ‘Toast for a Cause’, helping raise thousands of pounds for their favourite charities by toasting with mini Moët & Chandon bottles.”
Elliot Grove, Founder Raindance Film Festival and BIFA added: “As always the Moët British Independent Film Awards has been an awesome celebration of the very best of British independent filmmaking. This year demonstrates that the international spotlight is on Britain for quality, innovation and creativity.”
The Moët British Independent Film Awards are proud to announce the following winners for 2011:
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM Sponsored by Moët & Chandon
BEST DIRECTOR Sponsored by The Creative Partnership
Lynne Ramsay – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR] Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios
Paddy Considine – TYRANNOSAUR
BEST SCREENPLAY Sponsored by BBC Films
Richard Ayoade – SUBMARINE
BEST ACTRESS Sponsored by M.A.C
Olivia Colman – TYRANNOSAUR
Michael Fassbender – SHAME
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Vanessa Redgrave – CORIOLANUS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michael Smiley – KILL LIST
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER Sponsored by STUDIOCANAL
Tom Cullen – WEEKEND
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION Sponsored by Deluxe142
THE RAINDANCE AWARD Sponsored by Exile Media
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Maria Djurkovic – Production Design – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
BEST BRITISH SHORT
BEST FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FILM
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)
Sponsored by Working Title
THE VARIETY AWARD
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Now in its 14th year, the Awards were created by Raindance in 1998 and set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.
Previous winners of the prestigious Best British Independent Film award include The King’s Speech, Moon, Control, Slumdog Millionaire, The Constant Gardener and This Is England.
Recognised for its quality and prestige, Moët & Chandon is the champagne of choice for celebration at international film festivals. The venerable house has captured the attention of Hollywood’s brightest stars since the birth of the film industry. Generations of legendary actors, actresses, producers and directors have celebrated their achievements with Moët &Chandon at the most significant and exclusive cinema events, including the OscarsÒ & Golden GlobesÒ celebrations.
Proud supporters and patrons of The Moët British Independent Film Awards include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.
The Moët British Independent Film Awards would like to thank all its supporters, especially: Moët & Chandon, The British Film Institute, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films, Company 3, The Creative Partnership, Exile Media, M.A.C, Raindance, Soho House, Studiocanal, Swarovski, Variety, Working Title and Zander Creative.