Hello, Bloggers, the awards show known as the British Independent Film Awards, which are like the U.K. Independent Spirit Awards, has announced its list of nominees. While they don't carry as much emphasis or indication as say, the Golden Globes, they still have a neat list of nominations that includes films that even won't be much of a factor into the race. They also just had the Hollywood Film Awards, but that's more of a publicity pit stop than an actual awards show. You don't really win one. It's just gives you a kick to your Oscar campaign. Anyways, let's take a look at the takeaways from the nominations.
Full list of nominations here:
First off, I LOVE that Ex Machina got major love for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and a few Craft nods. However, I'm a little perplexed that the three actors got snubbed, especially Oscar Isaac who I'm crossing my fingers is a major dark horse in the Supporting Actor race. They did nominate Alicia Vikander for Best Actress but for The Danish Girl. Contrary to the Supporting Actress campaign she is getting. Shows how they are trying to point out the fallacy of her Supporting campaign, I suppose.
Speaking of The Danish Girl, it only got a nomination for Best Actress. Now I don't think this spells doom and gloom for the film, or for Eddie Redmayne who didn't get nominated. But if I were on the film's campaign team, I wouldn't be optimistic as of now. If the film does poorly at the box office then, couple that with the mixed reception it received, it will definitely spell doom and gloom for the film.
It is also neat that Amy got major love outside of Best Documentary over in Best Film and Best Director. That film is on my to-do list, so I'm intrigued to see it. Macbeth also received major love including Best Actor for Michael Fassbender. I think that nod for him will help his momentum for Steve Jobs and give him a "prolific year" narrative despite the poor box office of Steve Jobs.
Coincidentally, they have three Toms in the Best Actor category: Tom Courtenay for 45 Years, Tom Hardy for Legend, and Tom Hiddleston for High Rise. Much like Fassbender, Hardy's nomination could help build a "prolific year" narrative with Legend, The Revenant, and Mad Max: Fury Road under his belt. While I don't think The Lobster will get very far in the Oscar race, its nominations have me even more intrigued to check it out somehow.
So those are my quick thoughts on the nominations for the British Independent Film Awards. Please feel free to write your own thoughts about them in the comments section. Thanks for reading!