Monday 18 December 2017

Irish film The Lobster leads British Independent Film Awards nominations with 7 nods while Brooklyn earns 5

Bleak satire: John C Reilly, Colin Farrell and Ben Whishaw in The Lobster.
Bleak satire: John C Reilly, Colin Farrell and Ben Whishaw in The Lobster.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish film The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, has topped the nominations at the British Independent Film Awards with seven nods.

Following rave reviews, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' black comedy romantic fantasy has been nominated for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Performance for Colin Farrell, Olivia Colman, and Ben Whishaw.

Emotional tale: Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan in 'Brooklyn', based on the novel by Colm Toibin.
Emotional tale: Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan in 'Brooklyn', based on the novel by Colm Toibin.

There is quite a strong Irish presence among the nominees with John Crowley's Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, earning five nominations including nods for Saoirse, Domhnall Gleeson and Julie Walters.

Domhnall Gleeson's other film, Ex Machina, which was directed by Alex Garland, also has five nominations as does acclaimed documentary Amy, about Amy Winehouse, from Asif Kapadia.

Ex Machina
Ex Machina

Andrew Haugh's 45 Years and Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, both earned six nominations including Best Performance for Fassbender and co-star Marion Cotillard.

Elsewhere, Tom Hardy gets a Best Actor nod for playing both Kray twins in Legend, and Alicia Vikander gets a nomination for The Danish Girl (while Eddie Redmayne does not).

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