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Colin Farrell eyes best actor gong at British Independent Film Awards

Published 06/12/2015 | 00:21

Colin Farrell starred in The Lobster
Colin Farrell starred in The Lobster

Colin Farrell will be hoping to pick up the best actor gong for his role in The Lobster at the Moet British Independent Film Awards.

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Olivia Coleman and Spectre's Ben Whishaw are nominated for their supporting roles in the sci-fi film in which singletons have 45 days to find a partner.

The Lobster tops the nominations list, competing in a total of seven categories - also including best British independent film, best director, best screenplay and producer of the year.

The star-studded ceremony will take place tonight at Old Billingsgate in London.

The film 45 Years, starring first time nominees Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple whose marriage is shaken by the death of the husband's first love, competes for six awards alongside Justin Kurzel's gory retelling of Macbeth.

Michael Fassbender's titular role as the Scottish lord sees him up against Farrell, Courtenay, Tom Hardy - for his dual portrayal of the Kray twins in Legend - and Tom Hiddleston in High-Rise for the best actor award.

In the best actress category, Suffragette's Carey Mulligan contends with Rampling, Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn, Alicia Vikander as the wife of the first ever recipient of gender reassignment surgery in The Danish Girl, and Marion Cotillard as the fearsome Lady Macbeth.

Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, has five nods for director, documentary, producer of the year, editing and best British independent film.

Completing the line-up for the latter category is Alex Garland's Ex Machina - also nominated for best director, screenplay, design production and visual effects.

The Nick Hornby-penned Brooklyn also received five nominations.

Twenty-eight British feature films appear on the shortlist, which reads like a who's who of the best in British acting talent.

Up for best supporting actress are Helena Bonham Carter and Anne-Marie Duff for Suffragette, Sienna Miller for High-Rise and Julie Walters for Brooklyn.

Rounding off the major categories is best supporting actor which sees father-son duo Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson nominated for Suffragette and Brooklyn respectively, Luke Evans for High-Rise and Sean Harris for Macbeth.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose career includes roles in Twelve Years A Slave and The Martian, is the winner of the Richard Harris Award and will receive his gong tonight, while Kate Winslet will receive her previously announced Variety Award.

The BIFAs, created in 1998 , began as a low-key event but have gathered momentum over the years and now regularly boast a glamorous guest list.

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