Get Out has continued it’s sweep of big awards after winning Best International Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday night.
Film’s stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams were both at the ceremony to collect the award for the film which has become the surprise hit of 2017.
Metro.co.uk said it ‘cleverly reinvents the monstrous extremes of horror’, which results in ‘one big pressure cooker of a film that painfully examines the darker side of progressive America right until a finale that twists the film’s social subtext to the most gruesome extremes possible’.
God’s Own Country, I Am Not A Witch, and Lady Macbeth were the other big winners of the night, with God’s Own Country taking home four BIFAs: Best British Independent Film, Best Actor for Josh O’Connor, Best Debut Screenwriter for Francis Lee, plus the previously announced Best Sound award.
Lady Macbeth took home five – Best Screenplay for Alice Birch, Best Actress for Florence Pugh, Most Promising Newcomer for Naomie Ackie, and Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design – while I Am Not A Witch, took home three – Breakthrough Producer, and both The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) and Best Director for Rungano Nyoni.
It is only the second time a director has won both awards (the last was in 2007; Anton Corbijn for Control).
Host Mark Gatiss opened proceedings by joking about how 2017 had been ‘another dreadful year for planet Earth,’ adding that ‘January saw a shock remake of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph Of The Will… which turned out to be a live feed from the White House’.
Elsewhere, Vanessa Redgrave accepted The Richard Harris Award on Sunday night at the British Independent Film Awards – the legendary British actress was given the award, which recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, by her daughter Joely Richardson and Richard Harris’ son Jared Harris – and The Special Jury Prize was presented to Femi Oguns MBE, founder of Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group.
He was praised for ‘his trailblazing work in tackling the lack of diversity on screens and absence of opportunity for BAME talent’.
Best British Independent Film
GOD’S OWN COUNTRY Francis Lee, Jack Tarling, Manon Ardisson
Best International Independent Film sponsored by Champagne Taittinger
GET OUT Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Edward H Hamm Jr, Sean McKittrick
RUNGANO NYONI I Am Not a Witch
Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films
ALICE BIRCH Lady Macbeth
Best Actress sponsored by MAC Cosmetics
FLORENCE PUGH Lady Macbeth
JOSH O’CONNOR God’s Own Country
Best Supporting Actress
PATRICIA CLARKSON The Party
Best Supporting Actor
SIMON RUSSELL BEALE The Death of Stalin
Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London EDITION
NAOMI ACKIE Lady Macbeth
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
RUNGANO NYONI I Am Not a Witch
FRANCIS LEE God’s Own Country
Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media
EMILY MORGAN I Am Not a Witch
The Discovery Award sponsored by Raindance
IN ANOTHER LIFE Jason Wingard, Hannah Stevenson, Rebecca Clare Evans, Chris Bouckley
ALMOST HEAVEN Carol Salter
Best British Short Film supported by BFI NETWORK
FISH STORY Charlie Lyne, Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing
Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design
ARI WEGNER Lady Macbeth
SARAH CROWE The Death of Stalin
Best Costume Design
HOLLY WADDINGTON Lady Macbeth
JON GREGORY Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
NICK ALLDER, BEN WHITE The Ritual
Best Make Up & Hair Design
NICOLE STAFFORD The Death of Stalin
CARTER BURWELL Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Production Design
CRISTINA CASALI The Death of Stalin
ANNA BERTMARK God’s Own Country
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