The nominations for the 17th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today, at St Martins Lane, London by actor Jared Harris. Irish co-produced film Frank picked up 5 nominations, with co-production Calvary picking up 4, while the Northern Irish based drama ’71 leads the pack with nominations.

Elsewhere the critically acclaimed Pride picked up 7 nominations, and Catch Me Daddy and Mr Turner picked up five nominations each.

Frank and Calvary go head-to-head in two categories; Best Director, where Lenny Abrahamson and John Michael McDonagh will duke it out with Matthew Warchus for Pride, Mike Leigh for Mr Turner, and Yann Demange for ’71; and Best Screenplay where McDonagh faces Frank‘s  Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. Frank also picked up nominations for Maggie Gyllenhaal as Best Supporting Actress, Michael Fassbender as Best Supporting actor, and Stephen Rennicks nominated for Best Technical Achievement for the wonderful music  in the film. Calvary‘s other two nominations are for Bset Actor for Brendan Gleeson’s superb performance, and Best British Independent Film.

Irishman Andrew Scott is also nominated for his supporting role in Pride, with Robbie Ryan up for Best Techinical Achievement for his cinematography on Catch Me Daddy.

Speaking today about the nominations, Frank director Lenny Abrahamson commented “I’m delighted for everyone involved in Frank that it is getting such an endorsement from the BIFA and honoured to be nominated for Best Director”.

The Pre-Selection Committee of over 70 members viewed a record breaking 250 plus films this year, out of which they selected the nominations, which were decided by ballot.

The winners of The Moët British Independent Film Awards are decided by an independent jury comprised of leading professionals and talent from the British film industry.

It was also announced that the Oscar and BAFTA – winning Director Tom Hooper, whose film The King’s Speech picked up five awards, including Best British Independent Film at the 2010 Moët British Independent Film Awards, will chair the Jury who will decide the winners of the 2014 awards.

Hooper commented: “I am honoured to preside over the Moët BIFA jury this year. It has been an extremely strong year for filmmaking here in Britain and I am looking forward to helping the very best of this year’s independent films, get the recognition they deserve.”

The winners will be announced at the much anticipated 17th awards ceremony on Sunday 7 December at the impressive Old Billingsgate in London.

Full list of nominees:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

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’71

Calvary

Mr Turner

Pride

The Imitation Game

 

BEST DIRECTOR

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John Michael McDonagh – Calvary

Lenny Abrahamson – Frank

Matthew Warchus – Pride

Mike Leigh – Mr Turner

Yann Demange  – ’71

 

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

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Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe – Catch Me Daddy

Hong Khaou – Lilting

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth

Morgan Matthews – X+Y

Yann Demange –  ’71

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

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Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Gregory Burke  – ’71

John Michael McDonagh – Calvary

Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – Frank

Stephen Beresford – Pride

 

BEST ACTRESS

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Alicia Vikander – Testament of Youth

Cheng Pei Pei – Lilting

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

 

BEST ACTOR

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Asa Butterfield  – X+Y

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Brendan Gleeson – Calvary

Jack O’Connell – ’71

Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Dorothy Atkinson – Mr Turner

Imelda Staunton – Pride

Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank

Sally Hawkins – X+Y

Sienna Guillory – The Goob

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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Andrew Scott – Pride

Ben Schnetzer – Pride

Michael Fassbender – Frank

Rafe Spall – X+Y

Sean Harris – ‘71

 

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Ben Schnetzer – Pride

Cara Delevingne – The Face of An Angel

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle

Liam Walpole – The Goob

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

 

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

’71

20,000 Days on Earth

Catch Me Daddy

Lilting

The Goob

 

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Chris Wyatt – Editing – ’71

Dick Pope – Cinematography – Mr Turner

Robbie Ryan – Cinematography – Catch Me Daddy

Stephen Rennicks – Music – Frank

Tat Radcliffe – Cinematography – ’71

 

BEST DOCUMENTAR Y

20,000 Days on Earth

Next Goal Wins

Night Will Fall

The Possibilities Are Endless

Virunga

 

BEST BRITISH SHORT

Crocodile

Emotional Fusebox

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Slap

The Kármán Line

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue Ruin

Boyhood

Fruitvale Station

Ida

The Badadook

 

THE RAINDANCE AWARD

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Gregor

Luna

Keeping Rosy

The Beat Beneath My Feet

 

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