The ninth annual British Independent Film Awards have been announced, and I can't say there are any huge surprises, although Jeff Wells thinks its significant that The History Boys only scored four noms, compared to The Queen (leading the pack with seven noms), The Last King of Scotland and This is England (six apiece) and Red Road and Venus with a respectable five each. Some of the not-so-shocking noms include nods for Best British Independent Film to The Last King of Scotland, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, The Queen, Red Road, and This is England, Best Actress nominations include Helen Mirren for The Queen. Mirren will likely dominate the rest of a pack that includes Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn, both for Breaking and Entering, Kate Dickie for Red Road, and Frances de la Tour for The History Boys.

Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy, both of The Last King of Scotland, will duke it out for Best Actor, but may be overshadowed by Peter O'Toole's extraordinary performance in Venus. Also from Venus, newcomer Jodie Whitaker, who was quite good in her role (she rather reminded me of a British Evan Rachel Wood), scored a nom for Best Newcomer, and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi has been nominated for the script (no nod for director Roger Michell, interestingly), though I'd look for Peter Morgan to take the screenplay prize for The Queen (Morgan is also nominated for co-writing The Last King of Scotland). Also of note (to me at least) are a couple of the nominees for Best Foreign Indie: Brick and Hard Candy, two films that may very well end up on my personal top ten list by the end of the year.

The awards take place November 29, 2006. Full list of nominees after the jump. BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
The Last King of Scotland
The Queen
Red Road
This is England
The Wind That Shakes the Barley

BEST DIRECTOR
Kevin Macdonald – The Last King of Scotland
Stephen Frears – The Queen
Michael Caton Jones – Shooting Dogs
Shane Meadows – This is England
Ken Loach – The Wind that Shakes the Barley

BEST ACTOR
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland
Peter O'Toole – Venus
Cillian Murphy – The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Tony Curran – Red Road
James McAvoy – The Last King of Scotland

BEST ACTRESS
Helen Mirren - The Queen
Kate Dickie – Red Road
Frances de la Tour – The History Boys
Robin Wright Penn – Breaking & Entering
Juliette Binoche – Breaking & Entering

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR / ACTRESS
Martin Compston – Red Road
Leslie Phillips – Venus
Vanessa Redgrave – Venus
Joseph Gilgun – This is England
Stephen Graham – This is England

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER (ON SCREEN)
Jodie Whittaker - Venus
Thomas Turgoose – This is England
Samuel Barnett – The History Boys
Harry and Luke Treadaway – Brothers of the Head
Dominic Cooper – The History Boys
Rafi Gavron – Breaking & Entering


BEST SCREENPLAY
Alan Bennett – The History Boys
Peter Morgan – The Queen
Hanif Kureishi – Venus
Shane Meadows – This is England
Peter Morgan & Jeremy Brock – The Last King of Scotland

BEST FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FILM
Volver
Hidden (Cache)
The Beat My Heart Skipped
Brick
Hard Candy

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD
(BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR)
Menhaj Huda - Kidulthood
Paul Andrew Williams – London to Brighton
Andrea Arnold – Red Road
Tom Vaughan – Starter For Ten
Caradog W James – Little White Lies

BEST BRITISH DOCUMENTARY
The Road to Guantanamo
Blindsight
The Great Happiness Space
The Pervert's Guide To Cinema
Unknown White Male


BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
The Last King of Scotland – Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle
This is England – Music: Ludovico Einaudi (Original Music)
The Wind That Shakes The Barley – Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd
The Queen – Make-Up: Daniel Phillips
The Queen – Production Design: Alan MacDonald

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
London to Brighton
Kidulthood
Shooting Dogs
The Road to Guantanamo
Severance

BEST BRITISH SHORT
Cubs
Ex Memoria
The 10th Man
Who I Am & What I Want
At the End of the Sentence


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