BIFA 2017: What a night for God’s Own Country and Josh O’Connor

Under a magical snowfall, the British Independent Film Awards were awarded to the best of British and International Independent cinema. The ceremony, one of the last great London events of the year, saw, on its 20th Anniversary, the triumph of God’s Own Country by Francis Lee winning best actor for Josh O’Connor (The Riot Club, Farragut North on stage, The Program) and best debut screenwriter for writer- director Francis Lee.

Lady Macbeth, one of the most loved movie from 2016 London Film Festival was another big winner of the night, taking home the awards for best actress for Florence Pugh, best newcomer for Naomie Ackie and best screenplay for Alice Birch.

Four awards for Death of Stalin by Armando Iannucci: best supporting actor for Simon Russell Beale, best casting for Sarah Crowe, best make-up & hair for Nicole Stafford and best production design for Cristina Casali.

Best International Independent Film 2017 is American horror Get Out by Jordan Peele.

During the long snowy evening, Gary Oldman was honored with the  Variety Award by Kristin Scott Thomas while the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film by an actor was presented to Vanessa Redgrave by Jared Harris and Redgrave’s daughter Joely Richardson.

At the ceremony also Christian Slater, Raindance founder Elliott Grove and long listed short Edith’s director and British outstanding actor Christian Cooke.

Here full list of winners:

Best British Independent Film
GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

Best International Independent Film
Sponsored by Champagne Taittinger
GET OUT

Best Director
RUNGANO NYONI – I AM NOT A WITCH

Best Screenplay
Sponsored by BBC Films
ALICE BIRCH – LADY MACBETH

Best Actress
Sponsored by MAC Cosmetics
FLORENCE PUGH – LADY MACBETH

Best Actor
JOSH O’CONNOR – GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

Best Supporting Actress
PATRICIA CLARKSON – THE PARTY

Best Supporting Actor
SIMON RUSSELL BEALE – THE DEATH OF STALIN

Most Promising Newcomer
Sponsored by the London EDITION
NAOMI ACKIE – LADY MACBETH

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
RUNGANO NYONI – I AM NOT A WITCH

Debut Screenwriter
FRANCIS LEE – GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

Breakthrough Producer
Supported by Creativity Media
EMILY MORGAN – I AM NOT A WITCH

The Discovery Award
Sponsored by Raindance
IN ANOTHER LIFE

Best Documentary
ALMOST HEAVEN

Best British Short Film
Supported by BFI NETWORK
FISH STORY

Best Casting
SARAH CROWE – THE DEATH OF STALIN

Best Cinematography
Sponsored by Blackmagic Design
ARI WEGNER – LADY MACBETH

Best Costume Design
HOLLY WADDINGTON – LADY MACBETH

Best Editing
JON GREGORY – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Effects
NICK ALLDER, BEN WHITE – THE RITUAL

Best Make-up & Hair Design
NICOLE STAFFORD – THE DEATH OF STALIN

Best Music
CARTER BURWELL – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Production Design
CRISTINA CASALI – THE DEATH OF STALIN

Best Sound
ANNA BERTMARK – GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

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