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2017 British Independent Film Awards Nominations Revealed

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Marking the 20th anniversary of the awards. Today has seen the grand reveal of this year’s nominations for the British Independent Film Awards, that continues to celebrate the best of our homegrown films and talents.

Taking place on Sunday 10th December, the ceremony will be hosted by Sherlock writer/producer Mark Gatiss, with the likes of William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, Armando Iannucci’s The Death Of Stalin, Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country and Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not A Witch leading the way this year.

Here’s the full list of nominations:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM:

God’s Own Country

The Death Of Stalin

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I Am Not A Witch

Lady Macbeth

BEST DIRECTOR:

Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Francis Lee (God’s Own Country)

Armando Iannucci (The Death Of Stalin)

Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not A Witch)

William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth)

BEST SCREENPLAY:

Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth)

Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Francis Lee (God’s Own Country)

Armando Iannucci/David Schneider/Ian Martin (The Death Of Stalin)

Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST ACTOR:

Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Alec Secareanu (God’s Own Country)

Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country)

Johnny Harris (Jawbone)

Paddy Considine (Journeyman)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Steve Buscemi (The Death Of Stalin)

Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Simon Russell Beale (The Death Of Stalin)

Ian Hart (God’s Own Country)

BEST ACTRESS:

Ruth Wilson (Dark River)

Emily Beecham (Daphne)

Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth)

Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Margaret Mulubwa (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Julie Walters (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth)

Kelly Macdonald (Goodbye Christopher Robin)

Patricia Clarkson (The Party)

Andrea Riseborough (The Death Of Stalin)

BEST BRITISH SHORT:

1745

The Entertainer

Wren Boys

Work

Fish Story

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER:

Harry Gilby (Just Charlie)

Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth)

Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth)

Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion)

Harry Michell (Chubby Funny)

THE DISCOVERY AWARD:

Isolani

In Another Life

My Pure Land

Halfway

Even When I Fall

DEBUT DIRECTOR:

Francis Lee (God’s Own Country)

Thomas Napper (Jawbone)

Deborah Haywood (Pin Cushion)

Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not A Witch)

William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth)

DEBUT SCREENWRITER:

Gaby Chiappe (Their Finest)

Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth)

Francis Lee (God’s Own Country)

Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not A Witch)

Johnny Harris (Jawbone)

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

Kingdom Of Us

Uncle Howard

Williams

Half Way

Almost Heaven

BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCER:

Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (Lady Macbeth)

Jack Tarling/Manon Ardisson (God’s Own Country)

Brendan Mullin/Katy Jackson (Bad Day For The Cut)

Emily Morgan (I Am Not A Witch)

Gavin Humphries (Pin Cushion)

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM:

The Florida Project

Get Out

The Square

Loveless

I Am Not Your Negro

BEST CASTING:

Debbie McWilliams (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Shaheen Baig (Lady Macbeth)

Shabeen Baig/Layla Merrick-Wolf (God’s Own Country)

Sarah Halley Finn (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Sarah Crowe (The Death Of Stalin)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Ben Davis (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Thomas Riedelsheimer (Leaning Into The Wind)

Tat Radcliffe (Jawbone)

David Gallego (I Am Not A Witch)

Ari Wegner (Lady Macbeth)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

Sandy Powell (How To Talk To Girls At Parties)

Dinah Collin (My Cousin Rachel)

Suzie Harman (The Death Of Stalin)

Holly Rebecca (I Am Not A Witch)

Holly Waddington (Lady Macbeth)

BEST EDITING:

David Charap (Jawbone)

Joe Martin (Us And Them)

Johnny Burke (Williams)

Jon Gregory (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Peter Lambert (The Death Of Stalin)

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR DESIGN:

Jan Sewell (Breathe)

Nadia Stacey (Journeyman)

Nicole Stafford (The Death Of Stalin)

Sian Wilson (Lady Macbeth)

Julene Paton (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST MUSIC:

Matt Kelly (I Am Not A Witch)

Paul Weller (Jawbone)

Fred Frith (Leaning Into The Wind)

Carter Burwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Christopher Willis (The Death Of Stalin)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

James Merifield (Final Portrait)

Jacqueline Abrahams (Lady Macbeth)

Eve Stewart (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Cristina Casali (The Death Of Stalin)

Nathan Parker (I Am Not A Witch)

BEST SOUND:

Breathe

Andy Shelley/Steve Griffiths (Jawbone)

Joakim Sundstrom (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Maiken Hansen (I Am Not A Witch)

Anna Bertmark (God’s Own Country)

BEST EFFECTS:

The Death Of Stalin

Luke Dodd (Journeyman)

Nick Allder/Ben White (The Ritual)

Chris Reynolds (Their Finest)

Dan Martin (Double Date)

 

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James Cameron Confirms Avatar Sequels Have Wrapped Production

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In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker added: “They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”

Avatar 2 is due in theaters on December 18, 2020, and will be followed by Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021. Two additional sequels are planned after that if the first pair deliver the kind of box-office success that Fox and Cameron are expecting.

In the video message, Cameron then turned to a different project as he explained the ambition and artistry of Alita: Battle Angel , which reaches theaters in February.

Cameron fell in love with the namesake source material, the cyberpunk saga created by Yukito Kishiro in the 1990s, and flirted with making it into a movie in the mid-2000s but ultimately set it aside in favor of making the first Avatar.

In 2015, director Robert Rodriguez (Sin CitySpy Kids) came on board as director for Alita with  Cameron producing (along with his longtime partner, Jon Landau). The film’s approach — a dreamy futuristic setting yet with photorealistic anime visuals — is being billed as a game-changer (not unlike Cameron’s Terminator 2 and Avatar) but that could be an elusive sell to moviegoers.

Which explains why Cameron was using his Avatar publicity and social media megaphone to tether the two franchises and boost the fledgling Alita.

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Best Popular Category Had ‘Stake Driven Through Its Heart’, But Isn’t Dead Says Oscars President

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John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (who oversees the Oscars), has spoken candidly about the awards show’s bid to bring in more viewers with a distinct ‘Best Achievement in Popular Film’ award.

You’ll remember it as being the category that suffered a very public and embarrassing controversy in which Academy members openly rejected it earlier in the year, prompting the organisation to ‘temporarily shelve’ their plans until they could conduct a proper review. Speaking at the EnergaCamerimage Film Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Bailey stated that the award had “seemed like a good idea, the board approved it, announced it, but we got a lot of pushback.”

“So the board reconsidered and tabled it – which is not to say that the idea is dead. Even after a stake was driven through its heart, there’s still interest.”

The Academy has a “generous” deal with ABC, who have agreed to fund and air the telecast until 2028. The challenge, in those intervening years, is to somehow save the show from haemorrhaging even more viewers. As Bailey says: “We have another decade, and we’re already starting to deal with the problem. There’s desire to expand the awards to millennials, many of whom do not have TV.”

ABC, who are majority-owned by the Walt Disney Corporation, may take some umbrage with the idea of no longer being the sole home of the Oscars, but one idea that has been repeatedly floating around is to air the telecast on the forthcoming Disney+ streaming service – a more palatable option, perhaps, for younger viewers.

However, when it comes to the concept of new categories that aren’t Best Popular, Bailey was considerably more cagey. Asked if we could see awards for motion-capture, stunt-performers, or achievements in casting, the president said: “A number of different crafts would like to be represented and there are ongoing discussions about creating new branches, but right now we’re trying to reduce the size of the board. However, nothing is written in stone.”

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Pedro Pascal Confirmed To Be Under The Helmet Of The Mandalorian

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Game of Thrones and Kingsman: The Golden Circle actor Pedro Pascal has been officially named as the man under the helmet of the titular bounty hunter of Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

Little is known of the steaming-first live-action series, which will air on Disney+, save for a brief synopsis: “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic...”

Helmed by showrunner Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), the series recently announced its first crop of directors. Of note to Star Wars die-hards was the news that Dave Filoni, showrunner of fan favourite animated shows Clone Wars and Rebels, would be directing the series’ premiere episode. Meanwhile, Thor: Ragnarok’s beloved eccentric director Taika Waititi will helm an episode, along with Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard), Rick Famuyiwa (Hope), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones).

In Star Wars canon, the Mandalorians are a fierce race of armoured warriors that exist in tribal ‘families’, and who – until the dawn of the Clone Wars – largely kept out of the way of the rest of the galaxy. Following the devastation of their kind in the galactic civil war their numbers dwindled, until few remain by the time of the new show (roughly seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and twenty-three years before The Force Awakens). The race are an integral part of the Star Wars mythos, and even once warred with the Jedi Knights.

Pascal’s involvement had been heavily rumoured for the past month. The Mandalorian is currently awaiting a release date.

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