Thursday 14 December 2017

Eight award nods for King's Speech

Colin Firth has been nominated for Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards
Colin Firth has been nominated for Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards

Early Oscar favourite The King's Speech got another boost when it received eight nominations in the British Independent Film Awards (Bifas).

The film, which tells how King George VI battled to overcome his stammer, had been heavily tipped for Academy Award success.

Colin Firth, who plays the troubled monarch, picked up a Best Actor nomination while co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Guy Pearce were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Helena Bonham-Carter Best Supporting Actress.

Among the other nominations it picked up were Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Challenging Colin for the Best Actor award are Jim Broadbent, Riz Ahmed, Scott McNairy and Aiden Gillen.

Last year's Best Actress Carey Mulligan is nominated for the award again alongside Manjinder Virk, Ruth Sheen, Andrea Riseborough and Sally Hawkins.

Other nominees include Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor in Never Let Me Go. Veteran Bob Hoskins also gets a nod for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Made In Dagenham.

The other nominees for Best Film are Four Lions, Kick-Ass, Monsters and Never Let Me Go.

The awards directors, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, said: "This year's nominations truly reflect the scope of independent filmmaking in the UK and regardless of budget each category showcases the wealth and variety of talent committed to making quality British films."

Mad Men star Jared Harris announced the nominations at a ceremony in central London. The winners are decided by a jury of industry insiders. Among this year's members are actor Sean Pertwee, actress Gemma Jones and film critic Jason Solomons. The winners will be announced at a central London ceremony on Sunday December 5.

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