Belfast and Branagh’s Boiling Point top British Independent Film Awards nominations

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Sir Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical film Belfast about his childhood in Northern Ireland and Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham as a chef under pressure, topped the British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) nominations.

The remaining films garnered 11 nods, with Belfast star Caitriona Balfe nominated for Best Actress, Dame Judi Dench nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Ciaran Hinds nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Star Jude Hill nominated for groundbreaking performance.

Boiling Point, which was shot in one take, is nominated for Best British Independent Film, as well as Best Actor for Stephen Graham, Best Supporting Actor for Ray Panthaki and Best Supporting Actress for Vinette Robinson, while Lauryn Ajufo is nominated in the breakthrough. performance category.

Films After Love, Censor and The Souvenir Part II all received nine nominations each.

Boiling Point will compete with Ali & Ava, After Love, The Nest and The Souvenir Part II for the award for best British independent film.

Balfe will face Carrie Coon for The Nest, Claire Rushbrook for Ali & Ava, Joanna Scanlan for After Love and Ruth Wilson for True Things for the Best Actress award, while Graham will face Riz Ahmed for Encounter, Adeel Akhtar for Ali & Ava, Jude Law for The Nest and James Norton for Nowhere Special for Best Acting Gong.

The nominations were announced by Sex Education star Mimi Keene and Samuel Adewunmi of The Last Tree at Curzon Soho in London.

Ten of the films nominated for the awards were supported by BBC Film, racking up 47 nods.

They include After Love, The Souvenir Part II, Ali & Ava, The Nest, Sweetheart, Cow, Pirates, Benediction, True Things and the short Precious Hair & Beauty.

Rose Garnett, Director of BBC Film, said: “We are incredibly proud to have supported these bold and ambitious films and directorial talents, and we are delighted that Bifa voters have recognized their outstanding work. “

After Love star Scanlan, nominated for Best Actress, said she was delighted with her nod: “This is incredible news to me!

“Many thanks to Bifa for honoring our film After Love. What a joy to be offered the role of Mary / Fazanah, swimming, roti-rolling, praying and crying.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on December 5, while the craft award winners will be announced on November 19.


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