O'Dowd 'humbled' to host BIFAs
Chris O'Dowd has joked about being accompanied by "dancing girls" as he hosts the 14th Moet British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).
The IT Crowd and Bridesmaids star is set to follow in the footsteps of James Nesbitt, who has presided over the events for the past six years, at the glittering ceremony at Old Billingsgate in London next month.
"I am delighted to be the new host of the Moet British Independent Awards this year and I'm really looking forward to December 4," he said.
"It's a ceremony which cherishes innovation, elegance and class so I'm humbled that they've chosen a host who so clearly lacks any of these things. Expect dancing girls."
The award's joint directors Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson added: "We are so thrilled that Chris will be our host this year, he couldn't be more perfect for the job. (He) embodies all the fun and laid-back charm that the Moet BIFAs have become known and loved for."
Gemma Arterton, David Thewlis, Ruth Wilson and Joseph Mawle are amongst the jury of industry insiders, chaired by 2000's producer of the year winner Andrew Eaton.
Espionage thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Steve McQueen's Shame and Paddy Considine's directorial debut Tyrannosaur lead with seven nominations, followed by We Need To Talk About Kevin and Kill List with six nods each.
Created by Raindance in 1998, the British Independent Film Awards celebrate the best in independently funded British filmmaking and honour new talent.