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Lady Macbeth leads British Independent Film Awards

Period drama Lady Macbeth looks set for success at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) after scoring 15 nominations.
The thriller, about a woman who is sold into marriage with a man she despises, has received nominations for Best British Independent Film, Best Actress for Florence Pugh, Best Director and the Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director for William Oldroyd, Best Screenplay, and nods for supporting stars Cosmo Jarvis and Naomi Ackie, as well as technical categories.
Hot on its tail are drama I Am Not A Witch and black comedy The Death Of Stalin, with 13 nominations each. They are also nominated for Best British Independent Film, as well as God’s Own Country and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The Best International Independent Film is a battle between Jordan Peele’s horror Get Out, I Am Not Your Negro, Loveless, The Florida Project and The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
To take home the Best Actress prize, Pugh must beat Ruth Wilson (Dark River), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Emily Beecham (Daphne), and Margaret Mulubwa (I Am Not a Witch).
The nominees in the male equivalent include Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu, both for God’s Own Country, Johnny Harris (Jawbone) and Paddy Considine (Journeyman).
McDormand’s Three Billboards co-stars Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson earned nominations for their supporting turns, and they will go up against Steve Buscemi and Simon Russell Beale for The Death of Stalin and Ian Hart from God’s Own Country.
The supporting actress nominees include Julie Walters (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Kelly Macdonald (Goodbye Christopher Robin), Andrea Riseborough (The Death of Stalin) and Patricia Clarkson (The Party).
The winners will be announced at Old Billingsgate on 10 December (17). The ceremony will be hosted by Mark Gatiss.

The main list of nominees are as follows:

Best British Independent Film:
God’s Own Country
I Am Not A Witch
Lady Macbeth
The Death of Stalin
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Best International Independent Film:
Get Out
I Am Not Your Negro
Loveless
The Florida Project
The Square

Best Actor:
Jamie Bell – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Josh O’Connor – God’s Own Country
Alec Secareanu – God’s Own Country
Johnny Harris – Jawbone
Paddy Considine – Journeyman

Best Actress:
Emily Beecham – Daphne
Ruth Wilson – Dark River
Margaret Mulubwa – I Am Not a Witch
Florence Pugh – Lady Macbeth
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actor:
Ian Hart – God’s Own Country
Steve Buscemi – The Death of Stalin
Simon Russell Beale – The Death of Stalin
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress –
Julie Walters – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Kelly Macdonald – Goodbye Christopher Robin
Naomi Ackie – Lady Macbeth
Andrea Riseborough – The Death of Stalin
Patricia Clarkson – The Party

Best Director:
Francis Lee – God’s Own Country
Rungano Nyoni – I Am Not a Witch
William Oldroyd – Lady Macbeth
Armando Iannucci – The Death of Stalin
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Best Documentary:
Almost Heaven
Half Way
Kingdom of Us
Uncle Howard
Williams

Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director:
Francis Lee – God’s Own Country
Rungano Nyoni – I Am Not a Witch
Thomas Napper – Jawbone
William Oldroyd – Lady Macbeth
Deborah Haywood – Pin Cushion

Best Screenplay:
Francis Lee – God’s Own Country
Rungano Nyoni – I Am Not a Witch
Alice Birch – Lady Macbeth
Armando Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin – The Death of Stalin
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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