Irish actor Barry Keoghan leads the nominations in British Independent Film Awards
'The Favourite' leads the nominations for this year's British Independent Film Awards, with rising Irish star Barry Keoghan also nabbing a nomination for his role in American Animals, a British film which earned 11 nominations in total.
The acclaimed movie boasts a star-studded cast that features the likes of Olivia Colman, Oscar winner Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult and Joe Alwyn. It is an Irish production by Element Pictures and co-founder Ed Guiney said they were thrilled of the early awards recognition for the film.
"These nominations are a major endorsement for both The Favourite and Disobedience and we are thrilled for all the teams involved, they give us great momentum as we head towards our North American release later this month," he said in a statement.
The Yorgos Lanthimos-directed period drama - which focuses on the rivalry between two cousins who are jockeying to be court favourites during the reign of Queen Anne - has been handed 13 nominations in total, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Meanwhile, Michael Pearce's 'Beast' has been handed 10 nominations, while Lynne Ramsay's 'You Were Never Really Here' has received eight nods in total.
The nominations list represents a record year for female representation at the awards show, with more than 40 percent of the individual nominations recognising women in the industry across various categories, including directing, writing, producing and performance.
What's more, female nominees comprise more than 50 percent of the talent nominated in the Best British Independent Film category, while female talent also leads the way in the Most Promising Newcomer and Breakthrough Producer categories.
The British Independent Film Awards will be held in London on Sunday, December 2.
List of British Independent Film Awards nominations:
Best British Independent Film
You Were Never Really Here
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Sebastian Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Most Promising Newcomer
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
Breakthrough Producer supported by Creativity Media
The Discovery Award
A Moment in the Reeds
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
Under the Wire
Best British Short Film
The Big Day
To Know Him
Best International Independent Film
Ole Bratt Birkland
Magnus Nordenhof Jonk
Best Costume Design
Nick Fenton, Julian Hart, Chris Gill
Matthew Strange, Mark Wellband
George Zwier, Paul Driver