God’s Own Country triumphs at the BIFAs
by Kaleem Aftab
- The other big winners of the night were Lady Macbeth, The Death of Stalin and I Am Not a Witch
God’s Own Country [+see also:
interview: Francis Lee
film profile] has won Best British Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). The film, directed by Francis Lee, about an intense relationship on a Yorkshire farm won four BIFAs in all. Josh O’Connor took home Best Actor and Francis Lee was named Best Debut Screenwriter, plus the movie bagged the previously announced Best Sound Award.
The other big winners of the night were William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth [+see also:
interview: William Oldroyd
film profile] with five awards, Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin [+see also:
film profile] winning four gongs and Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch [+see also:
interview: Rungano Nyoni
film profile] winning three awards.
Lady Macbeth added to its brace of awards announced earlier this month (Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design) with trophies for Best Screenplay for Alice Birch, Best Actress for Florence Pugh and Most Promising Newcomer for Naomi Ackie.
The Death of Stalin’s four awards included Simon Russell Beale being named Best Supporting Actor in addition to the previously announced wins for Best Production Design, Best Make-up & Hair Design and Best Casting.
I Am Not a Witch won three gongs: Breakthrough Producer for Emily Morgan, and Rungano Nyoni won both The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director and Best Director. This is only the second time a director has won both awards (the last time was in 2007, when Anton Corbijn was doubly crowned for Control [+see also:
The only category of the night open to non-UK films, Best International Independent Film, was won by Get Out, and the award was collected by the film’s stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams.
Here is the full list of the 2017 BIFA winners:
Best International Independent Film
Get Out - Jordan Peele (USA)
Florence Pugh - Lady Macbeth
Josh O’Connor - God’s Own Country
Most Promising Newcomer
Naomi Ackie - Lady Macbeth
The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director
Rungano Nyoni - I Am Not a Witch
Francis Lee - God’s Own Country
Emily Morgan - I Am Not a Witch
Best British Short Film
Fish Story - Charlie Lyne, Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing
Ari Wegner - Lady Macbeth
Sarah Crowe - The Death of Stalin
Best Costume Design
Holly Waddington - Lady Macbeth
Best Make-up & Hair Design
Nicole Stafford - The Death of Stalin
Carter Burwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Production Design
Cristina Casali - The Death of Stalin
Anna Bertmark - God’s Own Country
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