Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast film misses British Independent Film Awards despite major nominations

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KENNETH Branagh’s film Belfast missed out on the British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) despite leading the nominations this year.

The autobiographical film, based on Branagh’s childhood in Northern Ireland, received 11 nominations, including young actor Jude Hill’s nomination in the breakthrough performance category.

But despite being tipped for BAFTA and Oscar nominations, he failed to scoop any awards at the Bifa ceremony in London on Sunday night.

After Love triumphed at the event, beating Belfast and Boiling Point to take home six awards, including some of the most coveted prizes, such as Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director for Aleem Khan.

Khan, whose portrayal of a relationship based on marital lies, said: “Does this actually happen, it’s so crazy there are honestly no words.

“This movie is basically about strangers seeing themselves in each other, I think right now in the world we live in we can take a lot out of that.”

Joanna Scanlan won Best Actress for her portrayal of a Muslim convert in After Love, revealing the secret life led by her late husband.

Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham as a chef under pressure, received a Best Supporting Actress award, which went to Vinette Robinson.

Riz Ahmed received the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution for his role in Encounter, Shifty, Four Lions and Mogul Mowgli at the 24th Annual Awards Ceremony.

Adeel Akhtar emerged victorious for Best Actor at the ceremony, beating James Norton, Stephen Graham, Riz Ahmed and Jude Law.

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