Congratulations to our leading lady Naomi Ackie who won the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer during this Sunday’s BIFA ceremony!
Naomi was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth – a gripping feature exploring the life of a woman trapped in a forced, loveless marriage, who embarks on an empowering yet dangerous affair. The film was a roaring success among the jury, earning no less than 15 nominations. It snatched five awards in total – for Best Screenplay (Alice Birch), Best Actress (Florence Pugh), Best Cinematography (Ari Wegner), Best Costume Design (Holly Waddington) and Most Promising Newcomer.
Elsewhere, Zambian-Welsh director/writer Rungano Nyoni won the Best Director accolade for her drama I Am Not a Witch – a gripping feature, exploring the problematic nature of superstition, as seen through the prism of magic realism. The film follows Shula, an eight-year-old Zambian girl who is accused of witchcraft – and subsequently banished from her village – following a minor accident.
In addition to netting the Best Director Award, I Am Not a Witch received 13 nominations in total and won The Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director, as well as the Breakthrough Producer accolade (Emily Morgan).
God’s Own Country and The Death Of Stalin were the other two big winners of the evening, bagging four awards each.
Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country – a powerful drama exploring the relationship between a Yorkshire farmer and a Romanian migrant worker – received the awards for Best British Independent Film, Best Actor (Josh O’Connor), Debut Screenwriter (Francis Lee) and Best Sound (Anna Bertmark).
Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin, a comedy depicting the chaotic aftermath following the Soviet dictator’s passing, won the accolades for Best Supporting Actor (Simon Russell Beale), Best Casting (Sarah Crowe), Best Make-Up and Hair Design (Nicole Stafford) and Best Production Design (Cristina Casali).
Meanwhile, Jordan Peele’s horror hit Get Out won in the Best International Independent Film category, while Carol Salter‘s Almost Heaven, received the Best Documentary award.
Follow the link for a full list of winners and nominees – https://www.bifa.film/awards/winners
Click here to watch the trailer for Lady Macbeth: