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Metro Manila dominates at British Independent Film Awards

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Dec 08, 2013 | 6:03pm EST

The U.K.'s Foreign Language Oscar entry, Metro Manila, dominated the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday (08Dec13), taking home three prizes, including Best Film. The crime movie set in the Philippines was given the top honour during the London ceremony, also earning the award for Best Achievement in Production and a Best Director win for Sean Ellis. James McAvoy was named Best Actor for Filth and Lindsay Duncan for claimed Best Actress for Le Week-End, while the supporting actor accolades went to Ben Mendelsohn for Starred Up and Imogen Poots for her performance in The Look Of Love. Best Documentary was awarded to the filmmakers behind Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer, about the Russian rockers jailed for hooliganism charges, and Best International Independent Film was given to controversial lesbian drama, Blue Is The Warmest Color. Veteran actress Julie Walters was also presented with the prestigious Richard Harris Award to mark her contribution to the U.K. film industry, and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass was honoured with the Variety honour, which recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the U.K.

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