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Get Out, God’s Own Country win big at British Independent Film Awards

Get Out, God's Own Country win big at British Independent Film Awards
Daniel Kaluuya is Chris in Get Out (Picture: Universal Pictures/Get Out)

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’.

Get Out, God's Own Country win big at British Independent Film Awards
Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams, winners of Best British Independent Film for Get Out (Picture: Getty Images)

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.

Get Out, God's Own Country win big at British Independent Film Awards
Josh O’Connor winner of Best Actor for God’s Own Country (Picture: Getty Images)

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.

Get Out, God's Own Country win big at British Independent Film Awards
Florence Pugh winner of Best Actress for Lady Macbeth (Picture: Getty Images)

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’.

Get Out, God's Own Country win big at British Independent Film Awards
Vanessa Redgrave attends the British Independent Film Awards (Picture: /WireImage)

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.

Get Out, God's Own Country win big at British Independent Film Awards
Femi Oguns winner of The Special Jury Prize (Picture: Getty Images)

He was praised for ‘his trailblazing work in tackling the lack of diversity on screens and absence of opportunity for BAME talent’.

BIFA winners

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

Best Director

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

Best Actor

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

Debut Screenwriter

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

Best Documentary

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

Best Casting

SARAH CROWE The Death of Stalin

Best Costume Design

HOLLY WADDINGTON Lady Macbeth

Best Editing

JON GREGORY Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Effects

NICK ALLDER, BEN WHITE The Ritual

Best Make Up & Hair Design

NICOLE STAFFORD The Death of Stalin

Best Music

CARTER BURWELL Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Production Design

CRISTINA CASALI The Death of Stalin

Best Sound

ANNA BERTMARK God’s Own Country

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