‘Berberian Sound Studio’, ‘Broken’ Surge 2012 British Independent Film Awards

Amidst yesterday’s busy excitement including the Boston Society of Film Critics awards and Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards, there were some rather more ceremonious proceedings going on across the pond. The British Independent Film Awards announced their winners with the kind of generosity they’ve become known for. They often manage to spread the awards wealth amongst their more or less respected nominees, this year only leaving out Best British Independent Film nominee The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and probably for the best. John Madden’s geriatric comedy feels about as British as it does independent, boasting a markedly higher box office and wider exposure. I guess that level of success was deemed as enough to the voting body.

Though it missed out on the top prize, Peter Strickland’s aesthetic horror feature Berberian Sound Studio walked away with the most awards, including Best Director, Best Actor for Toby Jones, Best Technical Achievement for its sound design, and Best Achievement in Production. Taking the Best British Independent Film title was Rufus Norris’ domestic drama Broken, which also nabbed Supporting Actor for Rory Kinnear. Though US awards chances for both films are practically nonexistent, they should get a healthy boost of exposure towards their 2013 domestic releases.

More actively in the awards hunt amongst the winners is Oscar shortlisting documentary The Imposter, which took home awards for Debut Director and Documentary. The film’s rather against the Academy grain in terms of its darker subject matter, but it may still eke its way in as a dark horse nomination. Notable for its respectable $20,000 per theater average debut this weekend is Hyde Park on Hudson, which most unexpectedly won Supporting Actress for Olivia Colman, giving Colman her second consecutive BIFA honor.

You can take a look at the full list of winners below, courtesy of the Mo√ęt British Independent Film Awards website.

British Independent Film Awards
2012 Winners

Best British Independent Film
Broken

Best Director
Peter Strickland, Berberian Sound Studio

Best Actor
Toby Jones, Berberian Sound Studio

Best Actress
Andrea Riseborough, Shadow Dancer

Best Supporting Actor
Rory Kinnear, Broken

Best Supporting Actress
Olivia Colman, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Screenplay
Alice Loew, Steve Oram and Amy Jump, Sightseers

Best International Independent Film
The Hunt

Best Documentary
The Imposter

Best Technical Achievement
Joakim Sundstrom and Stevie Haywood (sound design), Berberian Sound Studio

Best Debut Director
Bart Layton, The Imposter

Most Promising Newcomer
James Floyd, My Brother the Devil

Best Achievement in Production
Berberian Sound Studio

Raindance Award
Strings

Variety Award
Jude Law

Richard Harris Award
Michael Gambon

Special Jury Award
Sandra Hebron

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