Armando Iannucci’s political satire The Death of Stalin has taken an early lead at The British Independent Film Awards – picking up three awards as part of the event’s newly introduced craft section.
The Death of Stalin, which stars Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Paddy Considine, Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor and centers on the last days of the Soviet dictator, won Best Casting for Sarah Crowe, Best Production Design for Cristina Casali and Best Make Up & Hair Design for Nicole Stafford.
Elsewhere, William Oldroyd’s feature directorial debut Lady Macbeth, adapted by Alice Birch from the 19th century novel Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk, picked up two awards. The film, which stars Florence Pugh as a young bride sold into marriage and whose innocence is slowly corrupted by her circumstance and yearning to rebel, won Best Costume Design for Holly Waddington and Best Cinematography for Ari Wegner.
Jon Gregory won the Best Editing award for Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. He was previously nominated for editing McDonagh’s previous film In Bruges. The film’s composer Carter Burwell won Best Music.
God’s Own Country’s Anna Bertmark won the Best Sound category and hiking horror The Ritual took the Best Effects award for its special and visual effects by Nick Allder and Ben White.
The BIFAs, which have increasingly focused on showcasing new talent under the stewardship of co-directors Deena Wallace and Amy Gustin, who took over in 2015.
Vanessa Redgrave will receive this year’s Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film and Gary Oldman will be presented with the Variety Award.
Winners in the remaining categories will be unveiled at the ceremony on Sunday 10 December at Old Billingsgate, hosted by Mark Gatiss, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Awards.
“Many congratulations to the inaugural winners of these new categories. BIFA voters had an extremely tough job narrowing down a spectacular lineup of nominees and we very much look forward to celebrating the winners at the Awards on 10 December,” organisers noted.
Full List of Winners (winners in bold)
SARAH CROWE The Death of Stalin
SHAHEEN BAIG Lady Macbeth
SHAHEEN BAIG & LAYLA MERRICK-WOLF God’s Own Country
SARAH HALLEY FINN Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
DEBBIE McWILLIAMS Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Best Cinematography (sponsored by Blackmagic Design)
ARI WEGNER Lady Macbeth
BEN DAVIS Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
DAVID GALLEGO I Am Not a Witch
TAT RADCLIFFE Jawbone
THOMAS RIEDELSHEIMER Leaning Into the Wind
Best Costume Design
HOLLY WADDINGTON Lady Macbeth
DINAH COLLIN My Cousin Rachel
SUZIE HARMAN The Death of Stalin
SANDY POWELL How to Talk to Girls at Parties
HOLLY REBECCA I Am Not a Witch
JON GREGORY Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
JOHNNY BURKE Williams
DAVID CHARAP Jawbone
PETER LAMBERT The Death of Stalin
JOE MARTIN Us and Them
NICK ALLDER & BEN WHITE The Ritual
LUKE DODD Journeyman
RONALD GRAUER & BERNARD NEWTON The Death of Stalin
DAN MARTIN Double Date
CHRIS REYNOLDS Their Finest
Best Make Up & Hair Design
NICOLE STAFFORD The Death of Stalin
JULENE PATON I Am Not a Witch
JAN SEWELL & MARK COULIER Breathe
NADIA STACEY Journeyman
SIAN WILSON Lady Macbeth
Best Music (sponsored by Universal Music Publishing Group)
CARTER BURWELL Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
FRED FRITH Leaning into the Wind
MATT KELLY I Am Not a Witch
PAUL WELLER Jawbone
CHRISTOPHER WILLIS The Death of Stalin
Best Production Design
CRISTINA CASALI The Death of Stalin
JACQUELINE ABRAHAMS Lady Macbeth
JAMES MERIFIELD Final Portrait
NATHAN PARKER I Am Not a Witch
EVE STEWART Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
ANNA BERTMARK God’s Own Country
MAIKEN HANSEN I Am Not a Witch
ANDY SHELLEY & STEVE GRIFFITHS Jawbone
JOAKIM SUNDSTRÖM Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
IAN WILSON, BECKI PONTING Breathe